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Mumbai (India): PUKAR Fellowship - Study Program 2004-2005 on street architecture

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    Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2004 11:01:31 -0400 From: Raymond Familusi Subject: FUNDING: PUKAR Fellowship - Study Program 2004-2005 From: PUKAR
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 6, 2004
      Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2004 11:01:31 -0400
      From: Raymond Familusi <familusi@...>
      Subject: FUNDING: PUKAR Fellowship - Study Program 2004-2005

      From: PUKAR Mumbai <pukarmumbai@...>

      The PUKAR Fellowship - Study Program 2004 ? 2005 PUKAR announces its
      first Fellowship - Study program on the theme,

      "Streets of Mumbai: Exploring the Spatiality and Aesthetics of Street

      coordinated by Associate Quaid Doongerwala.

      PUKAR, Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research, an
      inter-disciplinary and cross-sectoral research collective based in
      Mumbai invites scholars and practitioners to participate in the
      fellowship - study program being initiated this year.

      The program is a research-cum-pedagogic space where a PUKAR Associate
      engages with five Fellows for the period of a year and the
      interaction culminates with a publication, exhibition or installation
      edited, organized and curated by the Associates with contributions
      made by the Fellows.

      The program has two components:

      1. Six months of fortnightly interactions in the form of reading
      groups, discussions and workshops to be held at various venues
      according to the requirements of the program. This component reflects
      upon and critiques the theme conceptualized by the Associate and ends
      with formulating specific sub-themes that the Fellows can work upon
      in the next stage of the program.

      2. Six months of independent work by each Fellow with periodic
      reviews and inputs made by the Associate. This component will
      culminate in producing the manuscript for publication or preparing
      all the final details of the exhibition and installation.

      The Fellows will neither be paid a stipend by the program nor will
      they be charged any fees. The benefit to the Fellows will be
      intellectual and the program will facilitate in the intellectual and
      creative production of their efforts.

      The time structure seeks to adapt to the institutional,
      organizational and professional commitments that the Fellows may
      have. For the first six months it will include two to three hour
      sessions every fortnight and whatever reading time the Associate
      formulates for the theme. The remaining six months will be structured
      according to the specific needs of the project in a flexible way.

      Applicants are invited to send their detailed bio-datas along with a
      500-word response to the theme and a sample of their own work to the
      Associates at the addresses below.

      Last Date for receiving applications is 1st August 2004. The program
      begins in September 2004.

      Title of the Fellowship Program: Streets of Mumbai: Exploring the
      Spatiality and Aesthetics of Street Architecture.

      PUKAR Associate coordinating the program: Quaid Doongerwala

      Quaid is an architect and designer in private practice, and lectures
      in design at the Academy of Architecture, Rachana Sansad. He
      completed his Dip. Arch. from the School of Architecture, Centre of
      Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad in 1998. His
      research thesis was titled, "Politics of Urban Form", and explored
      how various political forces affect urban form and space. He has
      worked with architects Geoffrey Bawa in Sri Lanka, Rahul Mehrotra in
      Mumbai, and with Italian designer Andrea Anastasio. With his partner
      Shilpa Ranade, he is the recipient of the Indian Institute of
      Interior Decorators Award 2000 for the best design in the small
      office category, and the recipient of the Inside/Outside Designer of
      the Year Award 2000 for small spaces. Their firm DCOOP was one of the
      short listed entries in the national level competition for the
      redevelopment of the central jail of Bangalore last year. His current
      interests lie in examining the popular aesthetics of Mumbai streets
      and also the occupation of space in today's cities at the informal

      Objectives of the Program: The objective of this study is to open up
      an exploration of the visual, aesthetic and spatial occupation of the
      popular. While the methodology of the enquiry will draw on
      cross-disciplinary approaches and insights into decoding aesthetics,
      popular culture, urbanism' and so on, the point of departure (and
      arrival) will be design and design theory.

      Requirements from the Fellows: The Fellows will work together with
      the Associate to first develop the concepts and ideas and then
      intellectually explore the concerns of the study. Some of the methods
      employed for this will be group discussions, sourcing relevant
      reading material, walks through the city, and most crucially,
      extensive documentation of the actual content available from the
      streets of Mumbai in the form of drawings, photographs, film or other
      such forms. At the end of the program we may either have an
      exhibition or produce a photo-documentation text emerging from the
      collaboration between the Associate and the Fellows.

      Minimum Qualifications required: The Fellows should either be
      graduates of some creative discipline such as Architecture, Interior
      design, Product design, Photography, etc or could be final year
      students of Architecture.

      Concept Note: The dense expanse of brooding gray buildings that makes
      up the structure of Mumbai city, is wrapped in a second soft organic
      skin of informal growth. The urban density of the city, its
      multi-cultural ethos and entrepreneurship come together to create a
      constantly changing, almost continuous visual mural that drapes the
      ground plane.

      This visual aspect of the city does not comprise of only the fa├žades
      of the city, but is created in the way the formal built fabric of the
      city is effectively inhabited and appropriated by people.

      The aesthetic experience of the city is built up as a heterogeneous
      configuration of relatively permanent and temporary elements. The
      more permanent elements of this collage, amongst other things,
      consist of the exteriors and interiors of shops and restaurants that
      open out onto the street; its informal aspects come about in more
      temporary extensions to the built-form, most brilliantly displayed
      during festivals.

      Apart from the finer texture that the informal layer adds at the city
      level, each shop, restaurant, structure, is an object holding
      valuable design lessons by itself.

      Yet, located on the wrong end of the strong binary of high/low
      culture, this popular aesthetic is rarely used as a reference or
      studied by mainstream designers.

      Moreover, while 'the' urban experience' in Mumbai has been studied
      extensively in both its 'hard'' and 'soft'' aspects through maps,
      plans, ethnographies, histories of various genres, studies of
      ethnicities, film, literature, food and so on, the aesthetic
      experience of Mumbai streets has not been sufficiently explored even
      in the academia.

      This program makes an attempt to fill this gap.

      All those interested should contact Quaid (e-mail: quaid@...,
      cell: 98214 46648) or PUKAR (pukar@..., cell: 98204 04010)

      PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action & Research)
      Mumbai, India

      Web: http://www.pukar.org.in
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