[M. Des. '04, Industrial Design, H5] Sanjeev Shankar was born in the Nilgiri hills of Southern-India. As founder of a transdisciplinary creative studio, Sanjeev uses his training in design, science and architecture to merge traditional crafts-based knowledge with contemporary cultural and technological patterns to develop socially responsible and life enhancing solutions. Over the last decade, he has inspired and galvanized communities globally by walking the thin, exciting line between restraint and risk. He was shortlisted for the Emerging Architecture award at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London and has won the "10 Great Ideas to change the world" project, a global initiative focussed on revitalizing the planet by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. The article published here was inspired by Sanjeev's 2005 project at IIT Bombay Industrial Design Centre and written in 2007-08 for FoAM . Sanjeev blogs at http://www.sanjeevshankar.com/.