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Is there something particular in the manner in which women go about occupying space? Is there something particular in the manner in which men go about occupying space? How does one make sense of these patterns? Going beyond the limited and simplistic understanding of the city as a space of fear and the female body as a site of protection, this course focuses on understanding how the city itself enables and participates in the reinforcement of these particular spatial patterns.
This course focuses on understanding how the spatial elements of a city contribute to the gendered manner in which it is used, and the manner in which it is accessed by different groups of people. Through a photographic lens, students will observe everyday life in the city. They will analyse whether everyday access in the city is conditional upon one’s gender. Students will explore a theme of their choice- transport or streets, chai lari or playgrounds and develop a photo essay, deconstructing the narratives of access. They will then elucidate how- if there are any differences in access- the city plays a role and how space and design themselves structure and contribute to these narratives.
Expenses for Students - Local Travel - Rs. 2000/-