NextBangalore:Space – a temporary interactive and participatory urban laboratory
September 20 – October 03/2013
Welcome to Bangalore. Welcome to NextBangalore and be part of crowdsourcing the city!
On basis of the crowdsourcing platform NEXTBANGALORE, NextBangalore:Space will provide a temporary urban studio, a public meeting room, to discuss, explore, and share ideas and visions for an urban future of Bangalore.
The space will be at Alpine Residence in the centre of the city, located O’Shaugnessy Road close to the Hockey Stadium.
When we talk about urban development we have to include the people, because a city is about the people. NextBangalore is a dialogue-platform to collect, share and comment ideas and visions for the future of the city. The main goal is to raise awareness and to widen the dialogue on urban development in India. Because access to urban planning is a great challenge, NextBangalore first provides a space and an interactive platform to offer participation by translating complexity. Also views on the city are different. By including these different perspectives, NextBangalore will generate a broader urban vision landscape.
Tools and Methods
NextBangalore:Space is both: an urban design studio and an interactive meeting and discussion room. The project combines city planning, urban future scenarios and field research. By using a set of tools and methods, it will produce a visual and interactive urban landscape to generate future visions for a liveable city, provide information for city planning, and open a broader discussion by including the citizens on the future of the city. Quintessential are visualisation and translation tools, because most discussions on city planning are not understandable for most of the citizens. NextBangalore follows a self-critical approach but starting a transparent, open and participatory dialogue by including the citizens seems an important shift for a future urban development in India. By taking this basis idea in account, NextBangalore provides a real space to start a people-oriented discussion by including actual questions, vision and ideas on the basis of historical, social and cultural implications and translating them to create alternative urban visions as additional implementation ideas.
Ideas and Outcomes
LOSTBANGALORE: As in many urban transformation processes, and especially in an oral culture like India, historical inscriptions and stories seems to vanish more and more. But to understand the presence and to generate future ideas, consider history is quintessential. During the project NextBangalore will collect stories and pictures of the “old city” and make them accessible. Interviews and a online-archive will be started.
WALLPAPER and NEWSBULLETIN: During the three weeks, NextBangalore will produce on basis of the visions, problems and ideas of the citizens a newspaper that shows visions for the city. A main idea is “re-photographing” as a combination of the old and the future of the city.
GROWING EXHIBITION: The space will emerge to an urban laboratory and will provide a growing exhibition that collects different approaches for the urban future of the city. This will also include short films.
EXPERT ROUNDTABLES: Every three to four days invited experts of different stakeholder groups will discuss visions for a future development on basis of existing problems. The roundtables will include not only professionals, but also children or neighbourhood citizens.
CHANGE MAP: On basis of up to three examples, NextBangalore will provide a change map by including design proposals.
EMPOWERMENT: Decision making processes and existing distribution of power have a huge influence for urban development processes. Still old clubs, former only for British people, exist and are now a home for the urban elite. To foil this, a NB_CLUB will start on principles of open government and open ideas and will release memberships on ideas.
All events will be announced soon.
NextBangalore first will be connected to other Indian cities (Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai) by including questions and knowledge out of these cities. Also NextBangalore is directly connected to the German urban dialogue and will bring the discussions in India back to the European urban discussions. Another link will be directly to South America, namely to crowdsourcing projects in Bogota, Columbia and to Brazil by presenting NextBangalore at the Sao Paolo Biennale. NextBangalore is part of the international project “World cities – city scapes”, which includes fifteen global cities.
NextBangalore has already created a foundation of followers and participants. We aim to create a living archive and update, contributions coming from professionals and citizens. The long-term outcome of the project is to identify new ideas, approaches and solutions through community-based design.
NextBangalore is an experiment.
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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