The student mess at the National Institute of Design Ahmedabad is one of the favorite and frequently visited spaces on campus by the students. Almost all students living on campus have their meal 3 times a day. With almost around 200-300 students living on campus, the daily footfall is large for a relatively small place.
As part of our human factor study, I worked along with Anvika Shetty to find insights and actionable intervention to make the NID mess a safer and better place for all students in cases of emergency.
Research & Insights
We studied the mess from an ergonomic standpoint and observed the common activities that happened. We saw many problematic areas:
1) No fire exits and fire extinguisher in the mess sitting area.
2) No safety precautions.
3) No illumination help for exiting during power cuts.
4) A place to keep bags and other luggage.
5) No alarm system.
6) Better space layout
We took dimensions of the entire mess to create the mess plan. This allowed us to strategically move and place all the elements and really quickly try different layouts to see what worked.
The proposed plan takes care of many ergonomic considerations. It adds extra exit points, illumination at night for power cuts, fire extinguishers and more space in crowded areas.
To test out the proposed space, we used a scaled (95th percentile anthropometry measurement) model of a human in virtual software where we also modeled the entire mess to scale.