Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Debate on changing cityscape

Debate on changing cityscape

Staff Reporter

The panel will be moderated by historian Ramachandra Guha

Bangalore: The Goethe-Institut-Max Mueller Bhavan will organise a panel discussion on urban change that will bring together two related projects — an exhibition currently on display at the bhavan, “Urban Changes, An Exhibition of Photography” and the four Bangalore City Project Urban Space Events (or BCP City Walks as they are popularly known). The panel will be moderated by historian Ramachandra Guha.

The discussion, “Talking the walks - where leads the road?” will be held on July 26 at 6.00 p.m.

The photo exhibition, “Urban Changes”, dealing with change in Indian cities, as perceived by South Asian photographers, will offer a backdrop to debate the experiences and issues arising out of the recently concluded BCP City Walks in Gavipuram, Whitefield, Old City and Hessarghatta.

The discussion will serve as a wrap-up of the BCP Urban Space events.

It is also designed to offer a forum for the participants of the walks to interact and exchange views.

The discussion is expected to go beyond the Bangalore City Project and into the realm of how to address urban change, especially in the light of the disappearance of public spaces and heritage.

The panellists include Chandra Shekar Balachandran, cultural geographer and director, Indian Institute for Geographical Studies; Champaka Rajagopal, urban planner; Krupa Rajangam, architect with UDBHAVA; Sathya Prakash Varanashi, architect and founder of UDBHAVA; Suresh Jayaram, artist, art critic and art historian; and S. Vishwanath, Rainwater Harvesting Club and Arghyam.

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