We like ‘design’ to be informed, accessible (for both the readers and the creators), open-source, multi-authored, debated, and fun. We are interested in information design and visualisation practices that empower not only the designers but also the users/readers/audience to understand, to learn from, to modify and to contextualise. We believe in ideas of open-source, copyleft and collaborative multi-authorship.
MOD engages with the specific contexts and processes of urban transformation in India by undertaking observations and analyses of the trajectories and the discourses and the forces of urban change; by collecting, archiving and visualising information and communicating with an aim to make the city observable for and by citizens.
MOD specialises in three kinds of activities:
visualisation: visualising and communicating information – issues, debates and experiences
modification: modifying approaches, perspectives, visions objects, buildings and cities
design and curation: designing and curating information, discussions, environments and experiences
We identified six ideas/trajectories/techniques for structuring the work layout and approach of MOD:
open-source and multi-authorship: open-source systems and archives, open and multi-authored planning/design, participatory approaches, real-time design, copy-left, web 2.0
creative entrepreneurship and informal flows: local markets and local products, multi-functional spaces, bottom-up entrepreneurship, support and networking, cultural economies, informal flows of people, resources and knowledge, informal-formal interactions
mapping and visualising: making the city observable, mapping city processes and city experiences, sensible mapping, information visualisation, visualisation as analysis and for analysis
re-inventing historical references: exploring, excavating and archiving historical references, re-visiting old debates and decisions, re-invention as re-contextualisation
visions and future-thinking as tools to create debate: urban visions, futurtrop, visions as provocations, future projections to re-think the present
observing and organising complexity: fractal design, observing fractal realities, complexity as an opportunity, organisation/ management of complexity not by simplification but by recognition
We work independently and in collaboration with extended network of individuals and organisations to visualise urban processes and challenges so as to inform participation and intervention.
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