From the heights of atrocities’ during the emergency to the post-liberal ‘projects’ of the world class city, nothing much has changed other than the cosmetic rhetoric as far as initiatives with the urban poor are concerned. The ‘IDEA of URBAN’ as conceptualised by the bourgeois urbanist is still what forms the core of urban initiatives.
Informal Settlements – Understanding + Interacting is an elective course (2013) for third year architecture students of Sushant School of Art and Architecture. Fifteen Students in three groups tried processes to interact and understand the informal settlements which steer away from the regular and formal analytical methods.
When we say slums, we are talking about a place which more than 93 million people call home. When India is having an upper hand in global economy through a demographic dividend, one in every eight child (0 to 6 years old) lives in a slum….. thus the situation is grave.
We often talk about social equity and development towards an egalitarian city, but often the aspirations of a metropolis curbs the life of communities at the bottom of the pyramid.
Am not a big fan of cricket, but I guess it is quite evident on how widespread the game is. Kids play in small alleys when they don’t have space and still why do DDA wants to build a golf course? that too stating that it will reach the common man?…. the common man needs …