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Tacit Urbanism

hawkers and the production of space in everyday Kolkata

Tacit Urbanism - Christopher Dell; Christophe Dell - ISBN: 9789460830068
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Bindwijze: Boek, Paperback (03-11-2009)
Genre: Stedenbouw / Ruimtelijke Ordening
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Studying the tacit urbanism, and making explicit the tacit political and cultural levels of the urban becomes an important part not only of understanding the urban as totality but also of how we act as citizens and how we participate in the constitution of new urban structure.
The publication examines the uses, economics and politics of public space in the city of Kolkata. It questions issues related to globalisation, capitalism and governance and includes research and documentation, interviews, photographs and an incisive analysis by Christopher Dell, who teaches architecture theory at HafenCity University, Hamburg.
Tacit Urbanism complements the documentary 'Kolkata Monodosis; Interventions in Temporary Public Spaces' in which Dell, also an accomplished jazz and contemporary music exponent, performs live at ten different locations around Kolkata.


Titel: Tacit Urbanism
auteur: Christopher Dell; Christophe Dell
Mediatype: Boek
Bindwijze: Paperback
Taal: Engels
Druk: 1
Aantal pagina's: 148
Uitgever: Idea Books B.V.
Publicatiedatum: 03-11-2009
NUR: Stedenbouw / Ruimtelijke Ordening
Afmetingen: 205 x 133 x 9
Gewicht: 289 gr
ISBN/ISBN13: 9789460830068
Intern nummer: 13334010

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Tacit Urbanism Hawkers and the production of space in every day Kolkata De snelle ontwikkeling van India heeft zich niet onder alle lagen van de bevolking gelijkelijk voltrokken. Hoewel aansluiting op de wereldmarkt gezorgd heeft voor groeiende werkgelegenheid zijn er in locale sectoren veel banen verdwenen. Deze werkloosheid drijft de bevolking naar de steden, 75% van de beroepsbevolking werkt in de informele sector. Straathandel is een belangrijke factor in de stedelijke ontwikkeling van Indiaase miljoenensteden. Tacit Urbanism bestudeert het gebruik, economie en politiek van de openbare ruimte in Calcutta. Aan de hand van verschillende vormen van straathandel richt het onderzoek zich op thema's als globalisatie, kapitalisme en bestuur. Het bestuderen van de 'terloopse' stedenbouw en het onder woorden brengen van de onderliggende politieke en culturele stedelijke lagen verschaft niet alleen inzicht in stedelijke ontwikkeling in z'n geheel maar ook in de individuele bijdragen van bewoners en gebruikers.


He finds a common idiom between jazz music and Calcutta's sidewalk vendors and wants to take the chord connect to the world. 'Improvisation is working constructively with disorder, and that's what the unorganised retailers on the streets are doing all the time,' feels India-born German jazz vibraphone artiste Christopher Dell, who was in town for a music residency project by Max Mueller Bhavan (MMB). telegraph Christopher Dell photo © Bishwarup Dutta The Berkeley School of Music major from Berlin has done a series of 'musical-intervention' performances at 10 different street locations among hawkers and pedestrians to highlight how they make the city's public spaces 'come alive'. 'The West usually talks of India's IT prowess, business and globalisation, but rarely about the everyday public-space life in cities like Calcutta. The hawkers perform a critical cultural role even as they eke out a living,' observes Dell. Through his vibraphone solos in BBD Bag, Shyambazar, Gariahat and also City Centre, the 42-year-old musician, who also teaches architecture theory, underlines the 'tacit urbanism' of the hawkers, their innovative use and alternative interpretation of public space. 'An exercise like this can point out possibilities of recovering public spaces that are otherwise not so inspiring. For instance, the space in front of a subway can have someone playing the drums instead of the ubiquitous cigarette kiosk,' says city-based restoration architect and urban planner Manish Chakrabarti, who has helped Dell in his research and shared the stage with him in an interactive session. 'The music on the streets helped highlight the cultural aspect of our social interaction with the customers,' says Sudipta Moitra of the Hawker Sangram Committee, which is collaborating with the MMB for the project. Dell's sidewalk shows were canned by local documentary film-maker Ranu Ghosh. The film, Kolkata Monodosis - Musical Interventions in Temporary Public Spaces, documents his live, solo and impromptu performances on the streets of Calcutta. A web page is being done with clips of the film. 'Besides, I'm in talks with NGOs and the traffic police, and will put together fruits of all the research in a downloadable format. It's an invite to the world to discover an unheralded yet integral side of Calcutta,' the jazz artiste declares.


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