The story I’m about to tell here is about the discoveries at the Everyday City workshop at the School of Architecture & Planning, CEPT University. This workshop was held as part of CEPT’s Summer Winter School from 1st to 17th Dec 2015. The question we asked was: How can we bring about small changes in our perception and that of others through documenting how people negotiate streets on an everyday basis? The two key modes of inquiry were Photography and Map-making. The course participants worked in groups of three, approaching topics that they found riveting, ranging from cows in urban spaces to children habiting streets.
Following are the summaries of the group projects:
The symbiotic relationship between humans and cows in the city
Cows play an integral role in everyday life in India. This study attempts to look at how cows affect people and how people affect cows in the urban space. It finds that the people impacted by the cows are caretakers, milk customers, worshippers, fruit and vegetable vendors, pedestrians, vehicle users and the wider community. Their milk provides for the city, their waste can be used as fuel and fertiliser in the villages. While the cow is a source of livelihood for the cow owner and therefore has economic value, it has religious value for much of the country. We look at how these implications of cows in the city influence everyday life.
Group participants: Linnea Persson, B.Ashwin Kumar & Steph Blackshaw
Worshipping the everyday space
How does religion influence the everyday space?
The Bhadra Plaza is situated in the heart of Ahmedabad outside the Bhadrakali Temple. The plaza is influenced by the temple, which results in informal vendors placing themselves in an invisible axis in front of the temple. The vendors are arranged in three zones – the religious zone, the religious & economic zone and the economic zone. This investigation looks at the everyday routine of the temple that is created within its built and unbuilt spaces and how this is connected to the informal vendors at the Bhadra Plaza.
Group participants: Nanna F.Tolstrup, Nicolas Reyes & Mrinal Jain
Small children, big city
Being a child in an informal market environment
Group participants: Aniket Ahuja, Pankhuri Mittal & Mikkel Nikolajsen
Chai: Stirring social and spatial outcome
The social and spatial impact of chai on the everyday practices in Bhadra
Group participants: Parisa Abuhamzeh, Will Ratgebe & Srinavya Annem
Gender, urban spaces and resting spaces
How gender influences places of rest within the everyday city
Group participants: Vilde Livsdatter, Kieran Maguire & Dipika Shripad Lele
Course Faculty: Kiran Keswani
Guest Faculty: A.Srivathsan | Yatin Pandya | Thomas Hilberth
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