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Semester and Year Offered: 4th Semester, Winter Semester
Course Coordinator and Team: Divya Chopra
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-requisites: BA / BDes
This course will help students understand how built environment and spatial configurations connect with social processes and transformations as one engages with the everyday city. As an elective, this will provide an opportunity for students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds such as gender studies, development studies, visual art, performance studies etc. to understand these inter-linkages as a way of reading our cities through urban design methods and tools.
With respect to the present trends of urban development, the city and its public realm becomes an important domain of study and intervention. On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
This course is primarily a field-based engagement to map spatial and social transformations towards unearthing alternative social narratives emerging within the current urban development paradigm. As students map these everyday nuances of urban space, it will help them understand how communities contribute towards critical spatial imaginations and its physical manifestations. The course will be delivered along the following three modules:
Module 1: Introduction to the Built environment of cities (3 weeks)
This module will introduce the idea of built environment within an urban setting through its basic components of form, space and physical networks along with mapping techniques and representational methods. While engaging with contemporary urban discourse, the module will discuss production of urban form and space and its varied conceptual and physical manifestations. It will explore multiple scalar imaginations as constructed both within public as well as private realms. Situated within everyday urbanism, it will try to unearth varied dimensions of urban form and space while focusing on processes of production.
Module 2: Space, Place and Placemaking (6 weeks)
This module will explore the idea of ‘Placemaking’ and how it is formulated to negotiate differences among multiple actors with diverse agencies. Exposure to questions of space and place would be understood through a set of mapping tasks covering informal economies, marginal communities, gender and youth, gentrification etc. The module will discuss the idea of appropriation of space, transformations of space from public to private, space as a contested domain towards addressing varied social issues and aspects of belonging, ownership, access, resistance and social justice.
Module 3: Spatial Imaginations (3 weeks)
The concluding module will familiarize students with multiple representations of space within varied creative mediums such as films, literature and (public) art. Whilst trying to engage with these narratives the module will try to explore multiple imaginations of space (spaces of modernity vs. post modernity) with respect to how they have been created in the past, how they are lived in the present and how they are envisioned for the future.
Assessment Details with weights:
The course comprises three assignments.