Talk of the Town #01: See

We are honoured to announce that Dr. Solomon Benjamin and Prof. Jörg Stollmann will give the lectures at the inaugaral session of the Talk of the Town lecture series, being organised by Goethe Institute, Bangalore and MOD Institute.

The first lecture begins with Richard Saul Wurman’s famous call for “making the city observable” to interrogate different practices of seeing the city through cartography and other visual means and how those shape our everyday urban experiences and decisions. In the first lecture, we are especially interested in having a discussion on how specific ways of ‘seeing’ or ‘visualising’ the city can create or dismantle urban hierarchies, and also what ways of ‘seeing’ the city dominate the urban discourse in India.


Dr. Benjamin is an urbanist operating out of Bangalore. He is faculty at the Manipal School of Architecture and Planning, and a senior research associate with the French Institute Pondicherry. Prof. Stollmann is co-founder of urbaninform and an architect and urban designer based in Zurich. His practice ranges from design projects to urban research and curatorial work.

The session will be moderated by Zainab Bawa, a PhD scholar at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore, working on the changing land regulations, regimes and property relations that are transforming the landscape of politics and economy in large Indian cities.


6:30 pm – Opening

7:00 pm – Welcome:
Christoph Bertrams, Director, Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore
Tile von Damm, MOD-Institute Bangalore/Berlin

7:15 pm – Lecture
Dr. Solomon Benjamin, Manipal School of Architecture and Planning, Bangalore
Prof. Jörg Stollman, Technical University Berlin & Urbaninform, Zürich
Moderation: Zainab Bawa, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore


The lecture will be held on Thursday, 9th February, 2012, at 6:30 pm in Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, located in 716 CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st Stage.

Please R.S.V.P. for the event at mail[at]

Download the event flyer here.

Link to the Goethe-Institut page for the lecture series.

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