Building Craft Lab is an online collaborative platform by Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC), CEPT University to explore the world of Building Crafts and Built Environment. Its vision is to generate, amalgamate, catalogue and disseminate resources related to Indian Crafts and Traditional and Vernacular Built Habitat. The idea of the lab is the result of many discussions and interactions between the researchers of DICRC along with various experts, academicians, professionals, craftspeople, technologist, entrepreneurs related to the field of craft, built environment and digital technology. It has four components – Map, Catalogue, Directory, and Documentation.
Map acts not only as location search but also a geo-spatial analytical tool. Catalogue has images of various building, interior architecture elements, furniture, and craft objects. Directory has information of craftspeople; craft designer, makers, craft entrepreneurs and all those associated to crafts as well as it will showcase their work. Documentation section deals with various educational resources related to the allied field of crafts from drawings to documents to videos to interactive resources.
In this collaborative platform, the data for the Building Craft Lab will be generated and shared by various Institutions, Craft Organizations, NGOs, Government Bodies, Craft and Design Enterprises as well as individuals like scholars, researchers, academicians, craft designers, artisans and professionals. This data will act as a valuable resource to various students, craftspeople, educators, design professionals, architects, interior designers, students, researchers, government employees, conservationists, and all those related to the field of Craft, Design, Architecture, Art and Culture.