NEXTBANGALORE:SPACE is one out of 15 worldwide urban projects under the roof of the programme “Weltstadt – Stadtwelten” by the Goethe Institute and the German Ministry of Urban Development (BMVBS). In cooperation with the Goethe Institutes/Max Mueller Bhavan in Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi and Nexthamburg, MOD Institute is curating and organizing NEXTBANGALORE:SPACE in Bangalore.
What’s NEXTBANGALORE:SPACE about:
As the fastest growing city in India – Bangalore faces many obstacles and dramatic transformations resulted by the economic liberalization. As an outcome, today’s city of Bangalore is a city of different tempos and entities. It is vital to be conscious of what a city is upon revising what it means. Therefore, it can be understood that global approaches and common urban planning tools such as zoning methods lack effective implementation.
This is clarified when one becomes aware of Bangalore historical background and recent increased independence. Bangalore has come to be a patchwork city filled with diverse neighbourhoods. As of today, the future of the city of Bangalore is unknown. The city’s challenges are enormous, as are the opportunities.
Imagine you have the power to change one place in Bangalore. What places should be developed or preserved? What are the hidden visions of Bangalore’s future?
NextBangalore brings the concept of crowd-sourcing urban future to Indian cities. In the first stage,
NextBangalore worked with the community to create a change map, an online archive made by citizens’ desires.
The crowd-sourcing platform NextBangalore was launched in March 2013 and can be found here: http://nextbangalore.com/.
NextBangalore continues to work with this site and now purposes a second stage starting in September 2013.
NextBangalore wants to assist the citizens of the city by providing them with a platform – a cultural space where they can be heard and listened to. Here, the stories of the citizens will contribute to the urban planning process. This second stage will give NextBangalore a physical space — a space for the citizens to gather, converse and interact.
The physical space will be located on Church Street in the centre of Bangalore. Church Street is a parallel street to MG Road (Mahatma Gandhi), which continues to be the main road in Bangalore. It is one of the most visited locations in Bangalore. Furthermore MG Road stands symbolic for the massive transformation of the inner-city urban fabric – most recent the Metro has changed the street and surrounding neighbourhoods radically.
The NextBangalore will include the following projects:
The aim of the Publisher TABLE is to provide publications, which includes both visual and text. This PublisherTABLE is a grand table, which functions as an alternative editorial office- encouraging conversation and collaboration.
To understand the building process in Bangalore, one must question law and governance. From a first glance, all appears objectively obvious, however upon investigation one finds the integrated complexities. Such complexities consist of understanding not only who is building this city, but also what is building this city. This becomes more prevalent regarding informality. Therefore, the very ambitious approach is to produce a catalogue of the 20 most striking questions for the citizens of Bangalore to answer. With these answers, the next step will link such commentary with daily life.
The goal of ModellwerkSTADT is to make the city observable through visualization. This approach therefore enables people of all levels to participate in the urban planning processes. The most vital aspect of this process is the people participating in workshops. Here, they will take part in 3D model-making, grafting, and mapping. Such outcomes will provide the people with the new resources in an experimental manner.
NextBangalore is a resident driven process that provides both, an online platform and a space, which are both quintessential for starting a participatory and transparent process for future city development. Overall, the collection of ideas, methods and tools is a necessary starting point, to empathize and envision the complexity of the city.
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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Narasimhan / Fenk / Chattapadhyay: Space is the Yantra; in Urban Design 119, 2011