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The CityLabs Dialogue series is an attempt to understand our cities better from the lens of allied disciplines. In the second conversation of this series, Prof. Pratyush Shankar (Dean, School of Environmental Design and Architecture, Navrachana University, Vadodara) discusses with Priyanka Sheth (Architectural Designer, New York) a range of topics such as the role of water structures in redefining the regional geography; the association of step wells in Ahmedabad with caste, gender and space; and methods of representation and its politics, at length.
#1 Writing Urban History | Dec 2018
The CityLabs is a year-long initiative to further our understanding of Indian cities. As part of the initiative, a series of workshops are planned across the Indian Subcontinent and publications are planned on the themes of Writing Urban Histories, Dystopia and Utopian Imaginations, Urban Mapping and Representation and Reimagining Urban Infrastructures. CityLabs wishes to create a body of work that is publicly accessible and can be used to bring about a gradual change in the way we perceive and imagine our cities.
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Selected works from the recent workshops are now being featured in Historicizing the Present: Narratives in Indian Urban History-the first publication under the Young Scholar Series . This is an attempt to compile a variety of outlooks regarding the modern history of Indian Cities.
The CityLabs Editorial team is currently working on publishing selected works from the recent workshops guided by Prof. Pratyush Shankar. The participants’ work will be featured in an edited Anthology of Indian Urban History. The volume aims to bring together a group of young authors with different yet complementary approaches by the means of thought-provoking articles, drawings and critiques on Indian cities. The publication will serve as a commentary on the state of cities in present times.
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Please note that precautionary measures due to COVID pandemic have been taken and all our workshops are being conducted online till it is safe to organize it in the said cities.