Filed under Aspirations of a mega city and deception of the commons

Downtrodden a question mark!

Downtrodden a question mark!

In the last post (link), I was faced with an ah haan question of ‘what is the politics of informality?’ or rather what is my politics in studying urban informality. I have been trying to make my position clear in my own head. I tried to tie it together in a presentation to the ‘informality … Continue reading

Partial Cross-Section of a City

Partial Cross-Section of a City

Three women who came to the city of Delhi at three different points in its history, with three different backgrounds, and to three different settlement “categories”. All of them see their work as something which is making a difference, education, housing and food….yet three different positionalities…three kinds of differential access to resources…..three different ways of negotiating these differential access…. Continue reading

To make architecture is to construct knowledge!

To make architecture is to construct knowledge!

Urban development has lead to a binary theorization of the cities, into the formal and the informal. Where the economically weaker section is seen as living in the ruptures of the legal systems and called the informal. The informal, understood as- of which is devoid of formality, thus most of the discussions pertaining to informal are portrayed against the formal. Informality thus becomes an anarchic appropriation of what could not be absorbed in the formal. Continue reading

In-Situ – The Kathputli Colony

In-Situ – The Kathputli Colony

The general notion of shame towards non-formal settlements like Kathputli Colony, which essentially is a colonial legacy, is undermining the immense potential that this settlement has. Kathputli Colony is part of the cultural landscape of Delhi and can be accentuated so Continue reading

This is not the Swaraj that I want!

This is not the Swaraj that I want!

It was quite shocking when I opened the news paper yesterday. A teenager was killed by the Delhi Police (DP) because he was riding pillion with a stunt biker. What was shocking was that DP appointed 300 policemen to check the stunt biker, in a scenario where DP blames the lack of officials for the … Continue reading

Nero Fiddles while Rome Burns

Nero Fiddles while Rome Burns

They say it was the first fight for the freedom of India, the sepoy mutiny of 1857, where the company was at the verge of loosing its colony. Soon after, the British realized that they can’t have such loose control over the native. Massive restructuring was done, huge chunks of Shahjahanabad was demolished and rebuilt, … Continue reading

The Invisible Man!

The Invisible Man!

“The invisible man’s awful suspicion that, beneath the disguises, there may be nothing there at all, a rind without a heart, a reality of lies, is that comes disturbingly easily and often to the city dweller”
~ Ralph Ellison ‘Invisible Man’ 1952
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Comfortably Slum!

Comfortably Slum!

Originally posted on mHS Blog:
Nipesh P Narayanan, architect and urban designer with mHS argues that it is the poor conditions of slums that make them affordable. To find solutions for housing the urban poor, we need to stop seeing land as a commodity and view it as a resource for the betterment of citizens,…