Image source: Priyank Thakershy, AHT studio community exhibition in Cotton Chawl
This course is an intense workshop exploring how everyday life is structured and in turn structures the built environment in the walled city of Ahmedabad. An important starting point for design intervention is people and context. In the case of the walled city, the context is an intriguing urban environment comprised of medieval institutions, commercial streets, and residential localities, all of which continue to be inhabited and reconfigured up to the present. It is simultaneously a historic fabric and a contemporary city.
How does one engage with sites that have amalgamated over centuries? Where and how do the layers of history shape contemporary life? Conversely, how is everyday life shaped by the historicity of a place? While the intersection of these temporalities is evident across the walled city, one of the sites that is particularly potent are the large number of religious institutions within the residential neighbourhoods. Some of these were built centuries ago but have significantly transformed in both form, use, and association over time. Through a spatial ethnography of such sites, the proposed course will unravel some of these questions and thus engage with contemporary life in historic cities.
The students will also test the propositions developed through the course in a public exhibition, thus creating a platform for collaborative reflection on the course and its outputs.
This course is offered under a collaboration between CEPT U and UNSW Built Environment, Australia
Expenses for Students - Material Cost - Rs. 3000/-, Local Travel - Rs. 2000/-