RADICAL CITY: 2nd Conference on Research in Art, Design and Culture December 20-21, 2019, Bangalore, India

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December 20, 2019 to December 21, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Asian History / Studies, Humanities, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies



2 Conference on Research in Art, Design and Culture

December 20-21, 2019

In the next few decades a billion people will be urbanized.  There will be over forty —more 10 million inhabitants—most of which will be located in the “global south,” especially China and India.  Cities already stretched to the seams  The accelerated global warming and extreme weather events will only make the situation worse resulting in unimaginable consequences.  Currently, two predominant conceptual models this bleak future gentrification and  While the gentrification is driven by certain notions of living, lifestyle and forms of leisure embodied in the smart city believes in the technological intelligence as an inevitable destiny and singular solution, because of its ability to measure, monitor and apportion all resources, including human, in real-time.  But, both the models—not incompatible with each other—are embedded into a broader idea of a space of conglomeration of of people who flow between distributed and demarcated zones of activity.  The blocks of this conception of city—planning, monitoring, measuring and intervening—have lost their effectiveness in the face of overwhelming growth and the environmental challenges.  What is urgently needed, therefore, is a paradigmatic shift from the post WWII model and its technological reincarnations to rethink the very idea of a city.  The ambition of this conference is to bring together artists, architects, writers, poets, designers, urban planners, social scientists, humanists and others the city ex nihilo.

For the ease of organization and as a guide to potential have identified three themes, but we welcome any innovative ideas or imaginations related to

  • City in History: Even though we propose starting from zero, we believe in learning from and appropriate it for the present as well as future. Hence, we welcome contributions radical dimensions of past cities imagined and realized in space from any part of the globe.
  • City from another Point: The normative forms of understanding a city are differentiated zones of activity and flows of people and materials between the zones.  We invite contributions that look at a city from another point, say an object of consumption, an animal, a flower that adorns homes, a filmmaker, an artist, or an intrepid courier that the city in zeal to deliver.
  • City Anew: We welcome contributions that have abandoned existing conceptualizations of a city and have imagined new forms of habitation from the beginning, again.  We also invite contributions that inherited models of working, living and being.

The spatial context of this conference is South Asia in particular and Asia in general.  However, we are open to any interesting and relevant ideas that are rooted in other geographical locations.

Email for correspondence and information: research@srishti.ac.in

To send abstracts/proposals: http://www.unboundjournal.in/conference/

OCTOBER 15, 2019:  Deadline for submission of abstracts for papers Showcase, and others

NOVEMBER 1, 2019:  Acceptance decision communicated for papers.

DECEMBER 20 & 21, 2019: Conference at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India.


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Pithamber R. Polsani

Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore, India

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