Hashtag Urbanism is a city blog that aims to create and curate all content that can be tagged with, yes, you guessed it, the #urbanism. Through our posts, we aim to highlight how one encounters design and architecture in simple ways in a city and its potential in transforming our perceptions of the place.
Based in Chennai, Hashtag Urbanism is also a chronicler of all stories that make this beautiful city what it is. Watch out for new features every week!
In the race to match the cities of the Western World, “development” of urban infrastructure and economy in Indian cities is happening at an alarming rate. But, Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of a cancer cell, not a living, breathing city. Why are we busy churning out glass box structures that ignore our flourishing urbanism and tropical context? Why are our cities fast becoming harder to remember and easier to forget, shrouded in the obscurity of design?
Yet, the thirst for design knowledge among the average urban dweller is growing fast, really fast. Through our posts, we aim to highlight how one encounters design and architecture in simple ways in a city and its immense potential in transforming our perceptions of the place.
Hashtag Urbanism portrays the quirks and perks of city life in a way that is relatable not just to Architects, Urban Designers, Planners and Government Authorities, but also to the Common man. Good design is not a privilege; it’s a right to all!
Ultimately, through this movement, we hope to stir and awaken the embers of city pride that has become dormant through a history of bad design that repeatedly tries to retrofit first world ideas into a third world context. It’s time to reclaim our cities! Let’s take pride in the inherent “Indian-ness” that makes our urbanism so unique and colourful!
Join this movement by sending us ideas and stories on what makes your city unique! It could be anything from the colourful autos to the bumpy bus rides, cattle on the roads to the dogs that chase you at night, filmy posters to political billboards!
Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us using #hashtagurbanism in your stories!