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As Myanmar shifts from military rule into a semblance of democracy, its capital city Yangon has become the focus of industrial and economic activity. Located in the sporadic, fast developing periphery of Yangon, Myanmar, this course explores the role of architecture in development by delving into the lives, stories and spaces of a cluster of three “community-led” housing projects.Their proximity to each other, coupled with their vulnerable location, creates an interesting, yet challenging context for exploration and potential development. Students will be working in collaboration with the residents and a Myanmar NGO, Women for the World (WfW). WfW has been involved in mobilizing the community to come together and carve out places and lives of their own. Students will be based in the selected communities in Yangon. They will be engaged in physical and ethnographic documentation, based on which they will develop architectural strategies for development across various scales.The process will be driven by a critical enquiry into the act of documentation itself, and will attempt to unpack observations from reality in relation to how people build for themselves, and what logics of everyday life they use to make design decisions. Students will finally present their documentation, reflections and strategies in the form of film, models, and visualizations to a larger audience. Experts: Van Lizar (founder WfW), Shoko Sakuma (development practitioner) on the WfW’s perspectives, aspirations, goals and methods of engagement.
Expenses for Students : Material cost :Rs. 3000/, Food + Stay cost : Rs. 27000/, Local travel : Rs.5000/ as mentioned in expenses.

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