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.
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
“First, because to write is to practice, with particular intensity and attentiveness, the art of reading. You write in order to read what you’ve written and see if it’s O.K. and, since of course it never is, to rewrite it — once, twice, as many times as it takes to get it to be something you can bear to reread. You are your own first, maybe severest, reader. “To write is to sit in judgment on oneself,” Ibsen inscribed on the flyleaf of one of his books. Hard to imagine writing without rereading.”