Image source: teachmideast.org, collection of the Harvard Uni art museums
The term 'inhabit' goes much beyond the notion of mere 'occupying' of space and indicates the approach of 'living' in a space. The space, in this relation, is continuously interpreted, adjusted, and modified in response to different living patterns of its inhabitants. This gives a new perspective to understand the built environment: as an armature that facilitates these patterns to coexist and function efficiently. The built environment influences these individual narratives and sets the rules for their functioning; but, it also changes, modifies, adapts to, and gets shaped by the requirements of these stories evolving over time.
How this process takes shape; how the built environment adapts to the multiple stories of its inhabitants and attains a dynamic character is the central inquiry of this workshop. Through collaborative design exercises, we will explore the making, functioning, and adaptive modifications of a given urban space. Working on the stories of individual characters of the given site, the participants will be producing conceptual drawings and collages as mediums of exploration and deliverables.