A City called three people

Spring, 2016. It was a scarlet coloured door, Becky opened the front door with a creak. The doors and windows looked perfectly crafted, must have been carpentered by one person, perfectly proportioned and seamless throughout the facade. The opening strains of Floyd’s ‘Pigs on the wing’ were audible from the living room, though one can …

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ஒரு நகரமெனும் மூன்று மனிதர்கள்

வசந்த காலம், 2016. Beckyதான் வெளிக்கதவை திறந்தாள். நல்ல சுருங்கிய சருமம், வயது எப்படியும் ஐம்பதுகளின் ஆரம்பங்களில் நின்றுகொண்டு இதற்குமேல் முன் செல்ல முரண்பட்டுக்கொண்டிருக்கும். Sandra வுக்கும் இதை ஒப்பாக சொல்லலாம். கூர்ந்து கவனித்தால் இருவருக்கும் இருக்கும் வித்யாசம் அறிவு, தத்துவவாத கீற்றுகளின் சார்புடையது என்பது அங்கு தங்கி இருந்த நாட்களில் புரிந்து கொண்டேன். Sandra 1990களில் Melbourneனின் corporate வளர்ச்சியின் முக்கிய அங்கமாக இருந்த property financing firm ஒன்றின் மிக முக்கியமான ஒரு analystஆக …

Through Calvino’s eyes.

I was introduced to Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities in a hostel room one rainy night. Four of us sat together and read aloud his ‘cities’.  The boundless imagination with which they were conceived filled us with excitement, curiosity and wonderment. It wasn’t as if I understood it completely, but that again added to its lure. …

Millennials and the Chennai Vardah Cyclone

We are the so called millennial generation. We like to feel special, we have earned a lot of resentment against our generation—the notion that “we’re a spoiled, entitled legion of precious snowflakes who expect prizes just for showing up, pout when we’re insufficiently petted, and never go anywhere without slathering on creamy layers of self-esteem.” …

9 Cycling Routes to explore Chennai!

Cities are inevitably judged by the efficiency and inclusiveness of their transportation systems and networks, them being vital veins for the city’s functioning. It is, therefore, no surprise that the Transportation sector has progressed immensely over the past few decades, so much so that the pioneering two-wheeled human-powered transport system – the cycle – has …

…joy of being lost #3/6

Throughout college, I had to travel from one end of the city to another. Avadi to Adayar every day. Peak time traffic was so bad that I used to get nightmares about being stuck for hours on a crowded bus with hardly room to breathe. That being said, sometimes I took the auto to reach …

Art and Urban Public Spaces #2/6

When I was in school, we were taken to the Egmore Museum for one-day picnics four times in as many years. Four times! I absolutely hated it. Even as a kid, I didn't quite get the idea of piling all art under one roof and deliberately spending a whole day to see them. Naturally our …

Open Streets, Bangalore

Last Sunday saw MG Road in Bangalore transform from a noisy thoroughfare to a lively, bustling public space, free from cars and traffic. 'Open Streets' , orgranised by Department of Urban Land Transport (DULT) and Bangalore coalition for Open Streets, was a landmark event in Bangalore's struggle for pedestrian friendly streets. Parking lots were replaced …

The World from Above

Are you one of those people who love looking down from air planes at the world, as it shrinks? Or do you spend hours zooming in and out of maps, gazing at the patterns and forms? Did you love the movie UP for daring to fly 'up above the world so high'? Are you someone who …

The Intellectual confusions around “Beauty”

I came across this video last year, while I was doing my dissertation on "Causal Nexus of Globalization in Architecture". Globalization, in general terms, is the process of international integration arising from the interchange of world views, ideas and other aspects of culture. The process of connecting different parts of the world to one another began 70,000 years …