A Way of Seeing the Everyday

In his classic book, ‘Ways of Seeing’ John Berger says,


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“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.
“Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it.”

what we know

a Street for Cars and People to move

what we see 

what we know

There must be an EDGE differentiating spaces and functions, a distinction between where the street vendor belongs, where the pedestrian walks and where the vehicles move.

“We only see what we look at. To look is an act of choice.”

And, if we were to “look at” the place of chai in our streets…

Creating the social space that people need as introspection, as interaction or as sharing of experiences. 

“We are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves.” 

“Soon after we can see, we are aware that we can also be seen”

“Every image embodies a way of seeing.”


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About Kiran Keswani 36 Articles
Kiran Keswani is Co-Founder, Everyday City Lab, an urban design and research collaborative in Bangalore that focuses on the everyday practices of people in order to develop a people-centric approach to urban design and planning.