Unpacking Indian Urbanism – Workshop Series 2017

After the huge success of International Architecture & Design Awards, Re-thinking The Future AwardsRTF Sustainability Awards 2015, IATA, and RTF Sustainability Awards 2016 with participation from across the globe and Winners from prestigious firms such as Bjarke Ingels Group & DIALOGPerkins EastmanUNStudioHOK, PageRTKLAHRSanjay Puri ArchitectsChristopher Charles Benninger Architectsand BIOME, and hosting one of the largest architectural events in India- Delhi Architecture Festival, now RTF in its Sixth year, is launching the RTF WORKSHOP SERIES 2017 for Students and Professionals.

The city has long been a key site of inquiry for urbanists, architects, designers, planners, engineers, economists, artists, and social scientists across disciplines.

UNpacking Indian Urbanism Workshop Series

With the collaboration of Department of Urban Design, SPA, New Delhi, UN-IU – UNpacking Indian Urbanism is a series of three day long workshops across the globe, with an aim of providing insight into Indian Urbanism, and the inherent forces that constitute and drives it. Selected Architects, Designers, Planners, Urbanists, Artists, Thinkers, Journalists, and Students around the world will gather and attain a knowledge of Urbanism in the growing economies with lecture series, case studies, and Hands on Studio Design Exercise.

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  • Turin – ITALY
  • Sofia – BULGARIA
  • Vienna – AUSTRIA

Workshop Date: 03rd-05th November, 2017

Venue: Department of Architecture & Design,

Politecnico di Torino, V.le Mattioli 39

10125 Torino – Italy

Early Bird Fee – Till 15th September

200 USD – Students | 250 USD – Professionals

Standard Fee – 16th September –31st Oct

300 USD – Students | 350 USD – Professionals

Workshop Date: 10th-12th November, 2017

Venue: Department of Architecture,

New Bulgarian University,

21 Montevideo Str., 1618 Sofia, Bulgaria

Early Bird Fee – Till 15th September

200 USD – Students | 250 USD – Professionals

Standard Fee – 16th September –31st Oct

300 USD – Students | 350 USD – Professionals

Workshop Date: 17th-19th November, 2017

Venue: Department of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture,

TU Wien I Karlsplatz 13 I A-1040 Wien,

Vienna, AUSTRIA

Early Bird Fee – Till 15th September

200 USD – Students | 250 USD – Professionals

Standard Fee – 16th September –31st Oct

300 USD – Students | 350 USD – Professionals

Description – UNpacking Indian Urbanism Workshop Series

The workshop will begin with an introduction to urbanism in South Asian countries. Concepts of Urbanism and Informality in Design and Planning will be introduced through a series of lectures. Accordingly, the workshop will have two parallel components: a critical inquiry into the theory, and hands-on exercises under design studio that will develop a full range of understanding of the design concepts.

How new urban centers were formed, and existing cities expanded in post industrial time, and engulfed the rural villages. With urbanity forced upon these villages, they became urban villages. This phenomenon is a predominant part of not just Indian urbanism but largely the South Asian countries. These urban villages have been the most vital organs for the functioning of the city while they are seen as residual of the city. Lectures will further be about the evolution of Indian cities post-independence, and how India proceeded towards modernity. Which will further proceed to the discussion on New Delhi, the capital of India and its informality as an integral part of the city fabric.

With the case of Khirki, an urban village in the heart of the capital city, New Delhi, the workshop will provide a knowledge base for understanding the critical relationships between social paradigms, and complexity of market forces working in informal settlements of the city.

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Approach

The workshop will continue with some inquiries under the large rubric of Informality, through a design studio, with the sub-themes like Rural – Urban Conflict, Informal Economy, Socio-Spatial Configuration and Environment. Participants would be divided into certain groups, and they will address the different inquiries based on these themes, through design studio and discussions. Participants would be required to come up with some prototype design ideations for future scenarios of these places, which later can be applied to such urban conditions anywhere in the world.

They would also be presented with works on Place making, Street design and other urban design tools which would help them to come up with these ideations. The workshop would end with a critical discussion on the principles governing the future of such informal urban conditions, which would come out through the three-day discussions and ideations by the participants.

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Output

A compilation of these ideations and principles will be available to research scholars and designers across the world and will help in designing and planning from minute to large scale for the issues of the informal development of the cities, which is a predominant character of the South Asian Nations.

This research and design output shall be featured on the website of Re-thinking the Future, and widely published across our digital and print media partners. All participants will become part of the network and will be exclusively invited for future workshops and events. Students will get exclusive intimation about internship opportunities and professionals about job/ collaboration opportunities with and through Rethinking The Future.

Need for Enquiry

The city has long been a key site of inquiry for urbanists, architects, designers, planners, and social scientists across disciplines. Much of the research produced in the field of urban studies have been centered on Europe and North America and has viewed urbanization within the wider context of modernisation. However, a dramatic transformation is taking place within regions across the Global South and in South Asia in particular where, despite the presence of several of the world’s mega-cities, the process of urbanization is in many ways just beginning to be explored. Not only are older cities expanding and evolving; there is also a rapid increase in small and medium-sized cities along with the development of new urban forms such as ‘urban corridors’ along with attempts to adopt the ‘world class’ and ‘smart’ city as models of development.

The expansion of neoliberal forms of accumulation and the growing flows of goods, ideas, and human beings between and within global networks is having profound effects on the urban experience in South Asia, creating new possibilities as well as challenges, particularly for marginalized citizens. While the power-holders struggle to create ‘world-class’ and ‘smart’ cities in order to attract capital, the vast majority of urban inhabitants experience multiple forms of insecurity. For those surviving on the margins, the city is both a site of promise as well as precarity. There is an urgent need for scholars across the globe to reflect on the impacts of these profound changes in the lives of citizens and on our understanding of processes of urbanization in general.

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3 Day Schedule

Day 01

09:30 – 10:00 Introduction to Workshop

10:00 – 11:30 Session 1 : Introduction to Indian Urbanism

11:30 – 11:45 Tea Break

11:45 – 13:00 Session 2: New Delhi: A formal city of informality -Part 1

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:00 Session 3: New Delhi: A formal city of informality -Part 2

15:00 – 15:30 Discussion Session

15:30 – 16:30 Session 4: Khirki – A city within a Village

16:30 – 17:30 Introduction to Design Problem

17:30 – 18:30 Discussion & Group Formation

Day 02

09:30 – 10:15 Session 5: Placemaking – a tool for Urban Design

10:15 – 10:30 QnA Session

10:30 – 11:15 Session 6: Case Study by a Guest Speaker

11:15 – 11:30 QnA Session

11:30 – 11:45 Tea Break

11:45 – 13:00 Design Studio: Interactive Session

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 17:00 Design Studio: Interactive Session

17:00 – 18:30 Draft Presentation & Discussion

Day 03

09:30 – 10:15 Session 7: City & Culture

10:15 – 10:30 QnA Session

10:30 – 11:15 Session 8: Case Study by a Guest Speaker

11:15 – 11:30 QnA Session

11:30 – 11:45 Tea Break

11:45 – 13:00 Design Studio: Interactive Session

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 17:00 Design Studio: Interactive Session

Eligibility

  • This workshop is open to all the students and professionals.
  • Architects, Designers, Planners, Urban Designers, Engineers, Journalists, Authors, Artists, Thinkers and other professionals and students are invited to attend this workshop series.

Course Material

Once registered for the workshop, Rethinking The Future will provide you workshop kit which includes some readings and other materials to acquaint you with the general terms for the workshop. Course material also will help you in creating a base knowledge for the Urbanism in South Asian countries.

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