City Walker or a flaneur

anna kulczycka

city walker collage

I have had this fascination for some time with city walks, flaneurs, as they are also known as…most notably Charles Baudelaire described the figure, and in the 20th century Walter Benjamin has written extensively on the subject. Will Self is another figure that pops to mind, and his walks are somehow even more unusual – from walking to Heathrow airport to walking around CERN in Switzerland as his recent BBC radio series demonstrates.

Somehow splashes of colour have creeped into my work, and I have to admit that it is a bit of a relief to see too much bleakness disappear from my life…

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Inside the Digital Humanities: Digital Mapping

HUM.anidades _ DIGI.tais

As it was described in the last post, Digital Humanities is, in short terms, much more than computational processing data. It is about designing new ways of scholarship, with infinite potentialities and always open to new possibilities and new worlds.

From now on, lets talk about some ramifications inside the Digital Humanities. The topic of today will be Digital Mapping!

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Failure in planning OR failure of planning? Reflections on the saga of Mumbai’s DP

CPR Urban blog

The ambitious Mumbai Development Plan (DP) 2034, envisaged as a blueprint that specifies the land allocations, land use patterns, transportation networks and amenities for India’s largest metropolis, has been recently put on the shelf  for revisions following intense criticism on several fronts. It is to be revised and republished for public response within four months.

gateway of india Iconic monument, Mumbai’s Gateway of India. Photo credits: Mukta Naik

The release of the plan into the public domain, itself a unique occurrence for Indian city planning, has facilitated an unprecedented amount of public debate and discussion. In the process, many hitherto unconcerned citizens have hopefully thought about the issues involved in deciding a future for their city. However, several burning questions remain. On the mechanics of planning a megacity like Mumbai. On the processes and institutions required. On responsibility. On why Indian cities are unable to plan. And on why they must learn to…

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