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 …

Ignored-Framed: Revitalising Mumbai Mills

Ignored- framed is about the forgotten textile mills of Mumbai, that became disused and non-functional after the Great Bombay Mill Strikes of the 1980s. Occupying more than 6 acres in the heart if the city, Shakti Mills was allowed to degenerate for more than 35 years, a span of time that devolved it into a …

Swa-oorja : Envisioning a Zero Waste Pune.

Our relationship with waste in today's time and age, is from what we consume to the dustbin, rarely do we choose to know what happens to it after the 'kachrawala' collects it from our house. The blame for this lies with the boon of globalisation and urbanisation, wherein specialised systems are put in place, tending …

Eatsup- Food and the City

Hailing from a small town in Kerala, being  a  passionate foodie , my first fond memories of a city are the huge malls, pizzas and sizzlers which were once (until about 10 years ago) exclusive to only the metropolitan Indian cities. In fact I would always look forward to visiting my cousins who lived in …

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. …

Living or Surviving? Design for Migrant Workers in Qatar

‘Why do we build cities? What happens when a city is built with the aim of merely being an image of modernity? What is ‘instant urbanism’ are there lessons we can learn from it?’ Qatar, the world’s wealthiest nation, whose wealth is sourced by oil and natural gas, is on its journey from becoming a …