An artistic makeover for Mumbai

Updated: Nov 27, 2014, 08:58 IST | Soma Das |

ReMaking Our Public Places DIY Urbanism Makathon is a demonstration project to emphasise on revamping and utilising rundown places across the city, and inspire people to re-conceptualise our public spaces and connect with the spaces around them

Charity and change begins at home, or at least in the neighbourhood. Towards this end, the ReMaking Our Public Places DIY Urbanism Makathon has been conceptualised to demonstrate the importance of vibrant, culturally active public spaces and the value of small, social urban spaces.

 The ReMaking Our Public Places DIY Urbanism Makathon aims to create joyful public spaces and ensure optimum utilisation of places

It also seeks to consider the potential of underutilised and rundown places and make them meaningful for the city. Earlier this year, a ReIMAGINE Our Public Spaces Civic Hackathon was hosted. Experts, artists and citizens came up with ideas for liveable and fun public spaces in Borivali and Powai. Some of the ideas are now being implemented in the 72-hour long DIY Urbanism Makathon.

Make space
The makathon will feature a Wish Plaza and an Open Museum of Street Art that celebrates the ideas and creative talent of the locals. At the Wish Plaza, people can share their wishes for their dream neighbourhood. Artists will draw their City Dream Canvas or interpretations of vision for the future city, with the aim of creating spaces for people. They will also be using an old tin wall to draw up visions for community spaces and cities and based on the principles of up-cycling, an amphitheater will be created using old truck tires.

The event is being organised by Urban Vision, a social venture and think-tank instituted to inspire next-generation urbanisation.

Waste matters
Prathima Manohar, founder and President of Urban Vision, explains, “The programme seeks to consider the potential of under-utilised, ignored spaces, and make them meaningful by transforming these into active and safe spaces.” She emphasises that if cities fail to provide a good quality of life, there will be an exodus of people.

“Streets, squares, and public spaces form the vital elements in any neighbourhood and city. They are the important components that add to the live-ability of the city. This demonstration project is aimed at emphasising the need for investments into soft infrastructure of a place to increase its quality of life. While larger scale infrastructure is needed; incremental, small-scale improvements that need minimal capital investments are a great way to revive a neighbourhood,” she reiterates.

As part of the initiative, Columbia University’s Studio-X were the civic incubator and served as mentors for the event.
Artists and collectives such as Fossils and the Mumbai-based Visual Disobedience worked on the art interventions in collaboration with local communities.

Till: November 28, 10 am to 4 pm
At: Rivali Park, Western Express Highway, Borivali (E).


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