“Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action”
- Rabindranath Tagore, select verses from the poem - Where the mind is without fear.
The School of law, environment and planning fosters this clear stream of reason through rigorous enquiry and discussion, which will explore new ways to engage, manage and sustain our life on earth.
The school equips designers and artists to delve in how over time, our ideas of law, environment and planning have and continue to shape people’s relationship to place and nature.
We work with current communities to understand how people negotiate ideas of urban and rural, local and global and space and place and become sensitive to context. We develop a critical inquiry into the values of social and ecological justice in our societies, our ways of interacting with the natural and cultural resources of the world to help us mindfully engage in places and communities.
Through a focus on heritage and conservation, the school encourages an investigation of the tangible and intangible heritage of a place and its impact on the formation of identity. We believe a deeper understanding of the local cultural relationships to ecology will inform our aspiration for a sustainable future.
The school also recognizes the changing perceptions of space and place and encourages students to ask how we define “Place” in an age of digitization and virtual worlds: How do we navigate and negotiate the world in a future, which aims to connect everyone and everything in a seamless network?
The school sees itself as a catalyst that encourages one to investigate this ever-changing relationship between people, place and nature with respect to time.
At School of Law, Environment and Planning, students learn to apply a trans-disciplinary approach, understanding various paradigms of environment and law, economy and livelihood, nature and culture, space and governance, city and region. This holistic knowledge takes into account geospatial perspectives in a real and virtual world, along with the highly personal, cognitive, social and experiential understanding of places.
Production still from student Vivek Sangwan's short fiction film Tashi, which looks at overcoming sibling rivalry and inculcating the Tibetan values of kindness and compassion among children.
We imagine that graduates will leverage their knowledge of art and design, and apply the tools of science & technology, to positively impact society, culture and the environment.
Students displaying their work from a public space design course, which explored Urban Planning through mapping.
The school fosters an ecosystem that supports inter-disciplinary solutions to problems. Some of the disciplines that inform the school are:
Children from a tribal school build a home for a frog as part of the research activities conducted by Srishti students. Photo courtesy: Spenta Wadia.
Research and Collaboration
The School of Law, Environment and Planning is closely linked with a wide range research and practice spaces that offer students opportunities to explore areas such as environmental conservation, tangible and intangible cultural heritage, policy impact and design. Students at SLEP may connect with centers and labs through design of interventions specific to context and develop their own practice to be more mindful and reflective.