what i found particualy interesting with this talk was Shankers method of using recycled objects and materials to make newly designed objects and architecture. I enjoy this concept of "what is one mans trash is another mans treasure" as i myself enjoy items that have a history behind them.
What was really evident in Shankers work was his indian culture and upbringing. I like this in design when people put part of themselves in their work, and aren't afraid to create a strong stylized look.
the sandals created in the video shown, by a woman using her own hands and feet as a tools. To me with my great simplest design in its purest form. An innate work ethic and a rich culture of hands on craftsmen-ship means that probably in all honesty, its small remote villages like this, where some of the most inventive and original design can be found.