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Writing Urban History
Nov 05- Nov 08, 2020

OPEN PUBLIC SPACES

Prominent Cities of the past, have always been places that allow diversity of human existence. These cities often provide a common ground for a variety of identities to co-exist. Such cities that have always attracted people from different parts of the region need very active public places for the purpose of creating a common ground of co-existence. Such public places are neutral in their outlook, as they allow different communities to identify with it. They come to symbolise the shared identity of the city and in the process becomes its socio-cultural heart.

This research project is an attempt at understanding cities of different periods and geographies that have varying structure and typologies of public places. We aim to excavate the history of cities and understand the forces that help shape these public places.

For example, the cities of medieval Himalayan kingdoms often had a very strong city centre unlike its counterparts in other parts of the Indian sub-continent.  This was a product of the peculiarities of the economy and the constraints of the geography leading to the rise of city states. On the other hand, colonial cities created public places as an act of appropriation. The open spaces that were meant to glorify the colonial rule were later appropriated to display a collective expression and other cultural beliefs.

In this yearlong research projects, we select examples of cities from Medieval Himalayan capital cities, Portuguese colonial trading cities, and Princely cities in the Indian Subcontinent. As a part of this research project we intend to carry out workshops with participants in the Kathmandu, Panjim, Vadodara and Mysore.

 

THEME 2020

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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. 

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Baroda

Kathmandu

Mysore

Panjim

A year-long workshop series. Participate now!

Nov 05-08, 2020

#1 Writing Urban History 

Dec 2018

ABOUT CITYLABS

The CityLabs is a year long initiative to further our understanding of Indian cities. As part of the initiative, a series of 5 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 gradual change in the way we perceive and imagine our cities.

CONDUCTING WORKSHOPS ACROSS THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

 

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PAST WORKSHOPS

In the workshops the participants are expected to carry out on-site observations of the public spaces and co-relate with larger issues of the urban design, architectural production, protest and performance culture and such activities.

RESEARCH PROJECT

All the workshops are a part of a larger Research project. This is an attempt at understanding cities of different periods and geographies that have varying structure and typologies of Public Places. We aim to excavate the history of cities and understand the forces that help shape these public places.

PUBLICATION

The outcomes from the workshop will be curated and a booklet will be released after each workshop and at the end of the year the CItyLabs Publication will be launched that includes all the workshop outcomes and related articles and essays from experts.

 
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e-mail at : citylabsindia1@gmail.com