Mandi Projects

System Design and Research

For an agrarian country like India, particularly, for Uttar Pradesh, producing a large share of food resources, the 'Mandi' or the wholesale food grain and agro-produce market, is vital. It becomes a platform that bring together the otherwise spatially separated suppliers (farmers) and consumers (buyers). Ideally it is a place, where the farmer meets the buyer of his produce through a middleman who helps facilitate the process of selling in a transparent manner for a commission chargeable to the buyer. DFI was invited by the U.P Mandi Parishad, to research the role and functioning of this very complex food distribution system, identify lacunae and provide solutions to revamp it and make it as effective as possible.

The design challenge in the whole process was to design a model that replaced the existing processes, was familiar to the farmers of Uttar Pradesh and at the same time allowed them to upgrade to a newer paradigm inspired by newer technology and newer methods.

For the realization of such a project a multi-disciplinary team of researchers with an eye for observation and analysis, laterally thinking ideators, design managers who are experts in coordination, creators of the concepts and those who finally execute the design worked as a consortium.

The core of the whole process remains the human centric design processes targeted towards solving problems and needs of various stakeholders. The end solutions include services, policies, products and building designs. dfi also came out with a reference manual for designers to plan and develop such Mandis in the future.

Mandi Architecture


We belive a museum is not jusy a place that preserves frozen moments of the past but enters reality and actively participates in learning in present times. The State-of-the-art museum located in Lucknow is primarily divided into two zones: the zone of absorption and the zone of reflection. the depiction of Jaya Prakash Narayan in the museum is achieved through a chronological and linear journey in a narrative form. Information about the relevance and importance of the subject is absorbed by the visitor and interest is generated. Once a connection is established with the person's life story information is retained better.