Mumbai (India): PUKAR Fellowship - Study Program 2004-2005 on street architecture
- 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
This visual aspect of the city does not comprise of only the façades
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
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)