Image source: Mi casa, Your Casa by Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena at Sifly Piazza, Atlanta
Urban spaces around the world are democratic spaces, they do not belong to an individual nor does it belong to the government. It belongs to the public. These spaces signify the identity of the people who use it. Each Urban Space has its own special characteristics. It is based on its spatial configuration, the surrounding buildings and land use. It is signified by its history and culture. And mostly it is signified by its present use.
Public space is a symbol of the public life. Urban Culture develops and affects the public spaces. A healthy public space gives rise to a healthy public life. Around the world, Plaza, Squares, Markets, Parks have always been a marker of the democracy and freedom. Gathering spaces brings people together, which might not interact otherwise. They are the perfect melting pot of Urban Culture. They are spaces of collective memory. The dynamics of the people moving through these spaces changes them throughout the day.
Urban installations can be seasonal, erected during festivals, temporary, or permanent. They can be symbolic, or interactive. They may be designed in such a way that they change the spatial configuration and create new movement and activity patterns.
This course aims to enable students to respond to an urban set up. Students will learn to analyse the selected site area by means of built environment, socio cultural aspects, current affairs and most importantly the people using it. Students will come up with a site for intervention. They will study the site through these aspects and come up with an appropriate response in form of an urban installation. The installation shall be conceptualized and contextualised in terms of the culture, societal set up, climate, economy and People using that urban set up.