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Our cities are dotted with spaces that have been left behind in the march of growth and development. Defunct industrial complexes, historic monuments, interstitial spaces, margins & boundaries all exemplify such spaces that can be considered as abandoned and neglected within urban fabrics. The diversity of spatial quality converges in the commonness of a history of being vibrant, engaging and active contributors to everyday life. They are bound by their lost relevance, seeking new interpretation. Many of these spaces, in their state of neglect, offer, poignant recollections of their past, while others have simply vanished from memory and are only material remnants without a socio-cultural connect.
Reflecting on these spatial entities provokes questions on their usefulness, on temporality, and in more recent times, their reoccupation with new and different meanings. This pondering is catalysed by the ethereal and haunting quality of these spaces. They become fascinating objects of exploration and are often aestheticized to be reconstituted within the lives of people. In Europe, this process has resulted in innovative ways to rejuvenate abandoned warehouses, train stations, industrial areas using hybrid and trans programming as well as design interpretations so that memories of the spaces are part of the narrative. This approach contributes to seeing the city as a palimsest rather than erasing the memory of these spaces completely. This course proposes to articulate an interpretation of abandonment, of the physical environment of people’s lives. It offers students various lenses by which they can articulate the concept of abandonment, of absence and presence.Expenses for Students :- Food & Stay - Rs.25000/-; Local Travel - Rs. 20000/-; Material Cost - Rs. 3000/-