#PaperBoat An Official Attempt at GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

Somaiya riidl, Maker Mela; Nudes (Nuru Karim); and Jyna Packaging (Haresh Mehta) will make an Official Attempt at the Guinness World Record for the world’s Largest cardboard structure during the three day Maker Mela at the Somaiya Vidya Vihar campus in Mumbai. Over 300 students volunteer in the making of the cardboard structure. The attempt continued for five days till January 13, 2018. The Paper Boat made with 1000 sheets was constructed using an Interlocking technique to minimise use of glue and reduce wastage. Arrangement of the cardboards like a jig saw puzzle will help in faster assembly. Measuring 88ft(h) x 25 ft(w) x 9 ft the Paper Boat is fully deployable and comprises of 3050 interlocking CNC pieces. The cardboard sheet size used is 40 x 60 inches and is double-layered 5ply – 6 mm thickness.

The Paper Boat project is   to raise awareness about the Global WaterManagement crisis that the world faces as humans negotiate the conflictingneeds arising from economic development, food security, poverty alleviation andclimate change, 844 Million People have no access to safe water.


Says Gaurang Shetty, CEO Somaiya riidl, “What better way toinspire and innovate at Maker Mela than making something that is ecologicallyfriendly, is challenging to build and creates awareness of environmentprotection – an issue that is close to the core value of Somaiya Vidya Vihar.Like a boat needs all people to work together and oar in a direction, it isonly if we work together that we can address the water pollution crisis.”


Says Nuru Karim(NUDES - Founder & Principal Architect) “Water conservation hasposed a challenge to humanity.Here at Maker Melawe are working witheco-friendly cardboard to raise awareness about the Global Water Managementcrisis. By making this unique structure we will spread awareness amongstcommunities who will take notice through my inspiration for the cause.”


Said Haresh Mehta, Jyna Packaging “Cardboard iseco-friendly, as it is made out of recycled paper. By making such hugesculpture with cardboard, we can demonstrate that with ideation and innovation– using recycling ideas, we can contribute to the cause of prevention of waterpollution. I hope that seeing this will inspire Makers here to develop newideas using recycled products”


The boat will be on display for 7 days at the Somaiya Vidya Vihar campusfor people to visit. Post that it will be taken to different art exhibitions aswell as across a host of locations in Mumbai to spread the message of GlobalWater Management Crisis & Climate Change.


Said Mr. Jürgen Wolf (Managing Director, Hafele SouthAsia),“It is of utmost essence that all need to be made aware of the seriousness ofthe issue of Water Crisis that currently is prevailing.  A project like this achieves that!  The importance of water to human beings andplanets cannot be emphasised enough. Hafele supports worthy causes and is happyto associate with this ‘#PaperBoat -World Record’ creating and eco-friendly initiative.” 

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