Photo of the Day – VII

Vineet Kashyap

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Vineet is from Dhanbad, Jharkhand. Despite his family’s hostility to the social sciences and humanities, he went on to complete his BA from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Tuljapur. While studying at TISS he had the opportunity to engage with varied disciplines like economics, political science, and research methods, through which he developed a keen interest on urbanization. His research and internship experiences were crucial in shaping his understanding of subject areas. His dissertation on “Urbanization of Jharia” under the supervision of Prof. Abdul Shaban helped him to understand the relationship between urbanization and the presence of natural resources like coal. This research also gave him an understanding of how a parallel economy functions in a region, and how illegal activities fuel local employment, giving him the much-needed skill to connect theoretical ideas to practical, real-life issues.

Text source: http://urbanfellows.iihs.co.in/profile-fellows-2016-17/

 

Photo of the Day – V

Swastik Harish

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I made this picture during Urban Policy Dialogues 2016 during the morning tea, right after the first session. He looked at me when I had my camera pointed towards him, this picture was the outcome of how,  he actually looked at me and the camera.

Swastik is a part of the design and implementation team for the IIHS Urban Practitioners’ Programme, the executive and continuing education function at IIHS. His main area of work is around housing for the urban poor, with a special focus on rental housing mechanisms. Besides these, he is also involved in capacity building programmes around heritage planning and management, data visualization and green building technologies and concepts. Swastik has earlier been involved in the planning, research and execution the development of various IIHS campuses, and has also assisted in the financial modelling for IIHS long term financial projections. He has also contributed significantly to the IT-based Pedagogic and Project Technology Systems.

In his 12 years of work experience, Swastik has founded a start-up architectural consultancy, worked as an independent architectural consultant and installation artist, and been faculty at many architectural design studios.

Besides his experience in his core areas of architecture and design as well as teaching and pedagogical design, Swastik has technical expertise in physical and virtual modelling (prototyping), and advanced proprietary and open source software.

Text source: http://iihs.co.in/about/people/swastik-harish/

Photo of Day – III

Ooha Uppalapati

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As a student of architecture for five years and a professional for two, Ooha has been biased towards the definition of spaces as inhabited and interacting entities, as opposed to purely independent built forms. The collectives of small identities representing a larger common identity, Indian cities have been central to her experiments and learning in this direction. Her limitations as an architect in understanding cities led to an interest in subjects like history, sociology, economics and philosophy. Added to this is the experience of living in three different cities in different phases of her life: Vijayawada on the banks of river Krishna, Bhopal and its beautiful lakes and Ahmedabad, have each been a rich and unique experience. They showed her how habits and rituals define and distinguish an environment as much as and sometimes even more than the physical entities do. She now intends to document and analyse cities as carriers of people, their daily lives and traditions along with the buildings, roads and bridges they occupy. Some distance into this assignment she also aspires to be equipped enough to be able to introduce such elements into these complex systems that can contribute to the design of a cultural progression.

Text source: http://urbanfellows.iihs.co.in/profile-fellows-2016-17/

Photo of the Day – I

Sonal Sharma

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Sonal is from in Delhi, and her higher education has been multidisciplinary in nature. During her Master’s in Development Studies, her internship and dissertation were based in Jharkhand, where she studied the mining induced displacement of adivasis. In addition to urban displacement and resettlement, she has also found herself intrigued by surrogacy from a feminist advocacy standpoint. She is fascinated by the sheer diversity that exists within cities.
Text source: http://urbanfellows.iihs.co.in/profile-fellows-2016-17/

Blank Page

Sandbox Collective organised Blank Page at IIHS.
Blank Page.
An interpretation of contemporary Indian Poetry through theatre, music and movement.
A Tamasha Theatre Production
Directed by: Sunil Shanbag

Cast: Divya Jagdale, Hridanath Jahdav, Maithily Bhupatkar, Natasha SIngh, Nikhil Murali, Nisha Dhar, Priyanka Setia, Sapan Saran, Sonal Khale, Sukant Goel, Sunil Shanbag, Trishla Patel, Umesh Jagtap, Priyanka Setia.

I made some pictures at the show.

One of the poems performed at the show
“Love in a Bathtub” by Sujata Bhatt
Years later we’ll remember the bathtub
the position of taps
the water, slippery
as if a bucketful of eels had joined us…
we’ll be old, our children grown up
but we’ll remember water sloshing
the useless soap,
the mountain of wet towels.
‘Remember the bathtub in Belfast?’
we’ll prod each other-

 

Bangalore Heritage Walk I

IIHS organised a Heritage Walk for #IndiaUrbanFellows in collaboration with INTACH Bangalore Chapter.

Anushree, anchored the walk from IIHS. Meera and Pankaj took us along the Bangalore Fort and old city which has changed over the course of time.

1st Kannada Class by Vikrant

Every time I call my Uber/Ola driver I pray that they understand English or Hindi. And soon enough I realised the importance of local language. I was not alone, all of my fellows at UFP felt the same. And Vikrant came to our rescue.

Vikrant leads the Media and Design team and is responsible for design and development of the IIHS brand. The first class happened and we moved beyond, “Kannada Gotila” meaning – “I don’t know Kannada”. And now it is, “Kannada Kalita Ideeni” meaning – “I’m learning Kannada”.

Vikrant taught us some words of daily use and how to make sentences using those few words.
Kannada class is open to all departments in IIHS and it soon became the most famous class. We had some 9 classes so far, though I’ve been able to attend only 4 of them.

Sharing few photos from the first class.