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People: Place
People: Place
  • People Place - Requirements
  • Summer School Proposal
  • Nisha Nair-Gupta

Writing Architecture

Carrying forward our previous engagement with the city – People Called Mumbai, the summer school People:Place [Writing Architecture] continue to explore the technique of narrative mappings within the city of Mumbai. Contrary to architectural writing or looking at the world through an architectural lens, this course attempts to understand our contexts which embed histories, memories, cultural objects or the socio-political nature of the built environment through the act of writing.

Long Description

To those interested in spaces and their meanings, resorting to write is an attempt to answer the ‘wordless’ expressions and responses to built environment. However, writing, like the act of building, is one which has to be informed and has the joy and burden of creativity as well as responsibility.

Along with the scope of traditional print, the emergence of new media has impacted the nature/role of Architecture Writing, Journalism and Criticism. To an extent that the definitions, similarities and differences are in a state of debate and are being closely scrutinized. Taking cues from architectural writing and journalism techniques, the interdependence of critical thinking and writing methods form fundamentals of this Writing Course.

Continuing with our previous engagement with the city – People Called Mumbai, the Course continues to explore the technique of narrative mappings within the city of Mumbai. Contrary to architectural writing or looking at the world through an architectural lens, this course attempts to understand our contexts which embed histories, memories, cultural objects or the socio-political nature of the built environment through the act of writing.

Revolving around intensive writing sessions, the Course will focus on various writing methods, styles, genres, positions as well different media. The objective of the course is driven by the current practice of writing and the immediate demand to introduce critical inputs in the diverse media of communication.

About Design [Variable]

Design [variable] is a multi-disciplinary design practice, operating from their Juhu studio in Mumbai. People:Place is an initiative by Design [variable] working in the domain of public and community spaces. With an inherent belief - that the practice of built environment is deeply rooted in humanities - the programme looks at design, art and writing as tools to activate community and public spaces. The key project worked under this programme is an urban mapping exercise- People Called MUMBAI.

No. of Students: 15 minimum – 25 maximum
Eligibility: Open for all- Students of architecture (under grad or post grad); BA (literature); BMM (mass communication and journalism)
Schedule: From May 4 to May 15
Preferred Location: AV Room or Lecture Room for days mentioned on Schedule. Other days in 3rd or 4th year studio

Conducted by: Nisha Nair-Gupta & Design Variable

To those interested in spaces and their meanings, resorting to write is an attempt to answer the ‘wordless’ expressions and responses to built environment. However, writing, like the act of building, is one which has to be informed and has the joy and burden of creativity as well as responsibility.

Along with the scope of traditional print, the emergence of new media has impacted the nature/role of Architecture Writing, Journalism and Criticism. To an extent that the definitions, similarities and differences are in a state of debate and are being closely scrutinized. Taking cues from architectural writing and journalism techniques, the interdependence of critical thinking and writing methods form fundamentals of this Writing Course.

Continuing with our last engagement with the city – People Called Mumbai, the Course continues to explore the technique of narrative mappings within the city of Mumbai. Contrary to architectural writing or looking at the world through an architectural lens, this course attempts to understand our contexts which embed histories, memories, cultural objects or the socio-political nature of the built environment through the act of writing.

Revolving around intensive writing sessions, the Course will focus on various writing methods, styles, genres, positions as well different media. The objective of the course is driven by the current practice of writing and the immediate demand to introduce critical inputs in the diverse media of communication.

Nisha Nair-Gupta is the Principal Architect at Design [Variable]. With varied work experience as an architect, journalist and an active participant in the public art initiatives, she oscillates between her two interests of design and writing having spearheaded the first publication and curatorial project undertaken by People:Place - People Called Mumbai

design.variable@gmail.com

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