Nextbengaluru Gatishil Space

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The first phase of the Nextbengaluru Gatishil Space in Rhenius Street, Shanthinagar has ended due to a short Christmas break. We will re-open in January 2015!

Between 03 Dec and 19 Dec 2014 the doors were open daily and welcomed more than 700 visitors and citizens of Bengaluru. Several special events were hosted in the space and countless discussions, meetings and talks on the urban future of Shanthinagar and Bengaluru made the first phase a huge success. Thanks to everyone who visited the space and improved the discussion on bottom-up processes in the garden city. The design of the space received much attention and was very much complimented. Besides the growing exhibition of results, the space hosted the global Weltstadt exhibition and provided a flexible interior for discussions, events and talks.

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What has happened so far?

More than 300 new ideas and visions for Bengaluru and Shanthinagar were collected. Out of all sheets so far, the main topics from a citizens perspective were identified and presented within the space.

Besides the opening event and the Finssage the Nextbengaluru space hosted various events and discussions.

The exhibition Labour Narratives by MOD Institute in cooperation with the photographer AJ Sharma shows portraits of constructon workers who are building Bengaluru.

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For a whole week, Sebastian Lörscher along with the Nextbengaluru team conducted a sketching workshop that finally led to a fascinating exhibition in the space. Introducing drawing and sketching is another method to shape accessibility within urban development and it attracts many citizens in Shanthinagar.

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To improve the urban dialogue, the Nextbengaluru team was out in the streets in Shanthinagar to discuss the urban future, and to include everyone to the discourse. Our yellow cart received a lot of attention and is quite famous now.

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Along with our invited international experts, Jonas Büchel, Urban Instutite Riga, who has started recently Free Riga. and Leona Lynen, Raumtaktik Berlin, who has curated the international project Weltstadt, the Nextbengaluru team along with locals have organized two workshops and started a field research project to identify the urban voids and to rethink future usage.

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Fields of View from Bengaluru hosted an intersting game session at our space. Rubbish! is a game that drops you in the middle of this unfolding situation. How will you collectively tackle Bangalore’s waste crisis? How will you tussle between economic and environmental constraints? Will you ensure a clean city before the landfill overflows?

A discussion on Urban and Artistic Interventions in Public Spaces moderated by Arzu Mistry from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology and included the BangaloREsidents Uwe Jonas, Ralf Homann and Max Erbacher critically reflects the potential of artictic interventions in urban spaces.

As the Nextbengaluru space welcomed also daily many school children, we very much welcomed a storytelling workshop by Shreya Biswas of Katharangam.

For detailled informations please follow us on Facebook and Nextbengaluru. We are very much looking foreward to our second phase starting in January. Thanks to everyone again and see you soon!

Nextbengaluru Gatishil is hosted by MOD Institute and the Next Network and is supported by the Bosch Foundation. Further support was granted by the German Consolate General Bengaluru and the Goethe Institute/Max Mueller Bahavan.

Also we received a brilliant media coverage, along with a special sent-out of the Nextbangalore Newspaper in Indiranagar and Shanthinagar.

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