Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urban writer and activist who championed new, community-based approaches to planning for over 40 years. Her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, became one of the most influential American texts about the inner workings and failings of cities, inspiring generations of urban planners and activists. Her efforts to stop downtown expressways and protect local neighborhoods invigorated community-based urban activism and helped end Parks Commissioner Robert Moses’s reign of power in New York City.
Maps are a way of seeing the world, seeing the ways in which people encounter spaces, build structures, demolish others, create stories but maps capture much more than the eye can see. Our studies in Bizarre Bazaar will encourage us to look at the map as a way of drawing the viewer in to sense the diversity of our spaces, to see it as an emotional response to the nature of the space. Continue reading
Our next project for Integrative Seminar/Studio, entitled Bizarre Bazaar, looks at the ways in which we engage with our city spaces through popular markets. We often see markets as areas of trade and commerce but market spaces are the pulse of any city – languages, culture, impressions, histories and stories converge in the market. Our project celebrates these market spaces through an engagement with communities, people, languages and commerce.
We have chosen markets that are known for a particular thing – whether it is fabric or beads, vegetables or animals, flee markets and paper; these markets speak about the best and the worst of our cities. Students are encouraged to encounter these places and dig past the first impressions drawing out and teasing the nature of the city itself.
TARQ is screening a film on the 6th of October 2016 which I would recommend for all of you. The film, I think, would be extremely helpful with your current Integrative Seminar/Studio project and with the programs that you will do next semester.
Here are some details of the screening:
TARQ will be hosting a screening of Pahala Adhyay (1981), directed by Vishnu Mathur, presented in collaboration with independent film researcher Elroy Pinto.
Pahala Adhyay contemplates upon the life of Ravi, the protagonist, a research student in a big city. The film is made of isolated, unconnected events in Ravi’s life. The events in the film are independent of each other, but are born out of one condition which uses cyclical space and flexible time. The time-lapse between events is unspecified although the events seem to happen in a simple chronological order; it describes a state of mind. Vishnu Mathur, the director, tries to make the lived and obscurely threatening sensations of displacement into the very substance of the film. He avoids the way questions of belonging are usually formulated in terms of religion, class, national or regional identity.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the director.
Date: Thursday, 6th October 2016