THIRD PLACE NARRATIVE: DECODING PARTICIPATORY DESIGN PERSPECTIVES FROM PRACTICE & RESEARCH
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In 2008 the Kolkata-Scottish Heritage Trust was set up as a Scottish Charity to commemorate and build upon the historic links between Scotland and India. Restoration of the Scottish Cemetery was identified as their first priority. Initially, the program was significantly suffering from the anti-social behaviour of neighbouring Indian-communities. In 2014, an interdisciplinary team of urban designers(URS), social-surveyors(Banipur-Sahayog) and architects(NSDA) was formed to tackle the intolerance by implementing a series of strategically planned community-interventions in and around the locality. Since then, a series of skill-building workshops have been organized to reverse the socio-economic decline of the historic precinct. Taking a cue from this success, the workshop will provide students an opportunity to understand the importance of community participation in the urban-redevelopment process and assess its impact on the immediate livelihood. The challenge would be to interact with a multitude of personalities from the cemetery-precinct and uphold their untold stories using the tools of design journalism- investigating the memories and aspirations associated with the on-going development in a virtuous way to unfold the deeper layers of thoughts. The end product of the workshop is envisaged to be a curated set of reads compiled into a booklet ready to be printed and distributed. Note for students: Students should have basic writing, photography and/or sketching skills. Expenses for students: Material-Cost:Rs.1000/-, Food and Stay:Rs.6000/-, Local Travel:Rs.2000/- (NON-GPA)

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