MOD Institute, founded in 2010, is an interdisciplinary urban action and research institute based in Berlin and Bangalore.
MOD is an international collective of architects, designers, researchers, curators and practitioners with engaged interests in, and interests for engagement with, the urbanisation processes in India. MOD emerged out of cross-national concerns and engagements with the present state of debate about urbanisation in India and its representations in Europe. A growing discomfort with the way ‘design’ – both as an approach for making sense of one’s surroundings and the interactions with it, and also as an instrument of intervention – is practiced and talked about, necessitated the creation of mod.
The goal of MOD is to establish an integrated information platform for various kinds of data – from topographic surveys to emotional maps – on Indian cities, which will be open-source, multi-authored and open to debate/modifications. Learning to observe and describe the urban field – to demystify and to help to design them further.
We work independently and in collaboration with an extended network of individuals and organisations to visualise urban processes and challenges so as to inform participation and intervention.
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Fenk / Königstein: Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?; in dérive No 56: Smart Cities, 2014
Fenk / von Damm: Nextbangalore; in Revue Magazin, 2013
Lee: Marg Magazine: A Tryst with Architectural Modernity; in ABE Journal, 2013
Fenk / von Damm: Bangalore - Dimensions of a City; in: The Law of the Market, 2012
Fenk / von Damm: Was ist Stadt? Fragen an den indischen Urbanismusdiskurs; in: Gegenworte 26, 2011
Narasimhan / Fenk / Chattapadhyay: Space is the Yantra; in Urban Design 119, 2011