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System D
System D
  • System D Inroduction
  • Ishita Chatterjee
  • Joel Roy
  • Sudipta Iyer

Fertile grounds for 'System D'

Brief

System D (in French, Systeme D) is a shorthand term that refers to a manner of responding to challenges that requires one to have the ability to think fast, to adapt, and to improvise when getting a job done.

The city of Mumbai is in a constant state of flux. Urban inserts act as catalysts for change. Haphazard largescale infrastructure is engulfing the city rapidly and repainting new perspectives by the minute. The result is a collage of awkward pockets and leftover spaces. These unknown, unplanned 'in‐betweens' are eventually left for accidental re‐appropriation. These projects become potential fields for localized interventions ‐ new fertile grounds for system D.

Constant reconfiguration of the spatial built form affects the users of space and the activity. Hybrid scenarios require a rethinking of architecture's potential; to go beyond stylistic concerns and engender approaches that take into consideration the conflictive or even symbiotic relationship of spaces and activity. The evident conflict between the speeds of the different users of the city and the 'unplanned inbetween' facilitate system D to thrive.

"Architecture is not simply about space and form, but also about event, action, and what happens in space" – Bernard Tschumi

Objective

The objective is to develop a method and system of representation to investigate relationships (spatial, temporal, cultural, economic) between the various interstitial/hybrid spaces and events emerging due to the transient nature of the city of Mumbai. The aim is to capture frame by frame the narratives of this architectural interpretation of reality when in moment of flux. As we unveil the multiple layers of these narratives we find new systems of correlation that generate a newer urban portmanteau.

Methodology

Part I of the studio will focus on identifying fertile grounds for System D and part II on drawing experiential spatial diagrams to help analyse the complexities embedded within these hybrid spaces. These will help project fields of potentials within these contexts.

       
Deliverable Exhibition of drawings and models produced in the studio leading to a publication. 
Course FormatLectures, studio work and site visits.
Time Period 20 days (2nd May – 22nd May 2015) 
Number of Students 25 - 30
Eligible Participants Should have knowledge of digital drafting, digital modelling and graphic software. 
Cost Rs 13,100/- INR
Instructors Ishita Chatterjee, Sudipta Iyer and Joel Roy   

Short Introduction: 

The  objective  is  to  develop  a  method  and  system  of  representation  to  investigate  relationships  (spatial,  temporal,  cultural,  economic)  between  the  various  interstitial/hybrid spaces and events emerging due to the transient nature of the city of  Mumbai.

Part I of the studio will focus on identifying fertile grounds for System D and part II on drawing experiential spatial diagrams to help analyse the complexities embedded within these hybrid spaces. The studio attempts to unveil the different layers of the urban narrative and help project fields of potentials within these contexts.

Ishita Chatterjee is an independent researcher with an MA in Advanced Architectural design from the Städelschule Architecture Class (SAC) ‐ Frankfurt, Germany. She is also a practicing architect and has worked on large scale projects in China and India. Currently she is a parttime faculty member at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture and a visiting lecturer at Academy of Architecture. Her essays have been published in national and international magazines.

ishita.chatterjee@krvia.ac.in

+91 96193 76606

   

Joel Roy is a practicing architect and independent researcher with an MA in Architecture and Critical Spatial Practice from the Städelschule Architecture Class (SAC) - Frankfurt, Germany. He co‐curated and presented at the Stealth Architecture exhibition at the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt. Recently, he was part of the curatorial team in charge of the architecture and urban design section of the Kala Ghoda arts festival 2015. He has been associated with Indian Architect and Builder magazine since 2005 in various capacities including head of the editorial team.

ar.joelroy@gmail.com

+91 84529 56238

   

Sudipta Iyer is an urban designer and researcher with an Advanced masters in Urban Design from ETH, Zurich. She has worked with the Zurich based inter‐disciplinary research firm Urban Think Tank and also with Metaform, Bangalore on urban design projects. Her research work has been published in Weltstadt. She was also part of a team that presented their research at the Sao Paulo biennale and at Studio X, Rio de Janeiro.

sudipta.iyer@gmail.com

+ 91 88794 65863

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