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Eric Kluitenberg on Fri, 24 Oct 2008 12:10:16 +0200 (CEST)


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[Nettime-nl] De Balie, 15 november: By-Pass: Everyday Life and Contemporary Urbanism in India and China


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By-Pass

Dagelijks leven en hedendaags urbanisme in India en China

Internationaal symposium
De Balie, Amsterdam
Zaterdag 15 November
Tijd | 10.00 - 17.00 uur
Toegang |  € 17,50 / 12,50  (inclusief lunch)


Voor het eerst leeft de meerderheid van de wereldbevolking in steden.  
Het zwaartepunt van deze ontwikkeling ligt in Azië, waar de toekomst  
van de stad gestalte krijgt. By-Pass is een internationaal symposium  
over straatcultuur en het alledaagse leven in de zich razendsnel  
transformerende megasteden in India en China. Hiervoor wordt een groep  
vooraanstaande onderzoekers en stadsactivisten bijeen gebracht die  
zich in het bijzonder richten op de veranderingen op straatniveau:  
Informele en zelfgeorganiseerde structuren onttrekken zich aan alle  
formele kaders. Uiteindelijk botsen ze echter met de grootschalige en  
steeds snellere ontwikkelingsdynamiek van de Aziatische megalopolis.  
Ontwikkelingen op micro- and macroniveau zijn op conflictueuze wijze  
met elkaar verbonden in deze ongekend complexe stedelijke  
concentratiezones.

Een belangrijke vraag daarbij is of er tussen-ruimtes bestaan die  
mensen de mogelijkheid geven hun leven vorm te geven tussen of  
buitenom deze tegenstelling?

Het By-Pass symposium richt zich specifiek op het microniveau, Het  
werk van de filosoof Michel de Certeau is daarbij een belangrijke  
inspiratiebron. Het betekent een nieuw type urbanisme dat stedelijke  
ontwikkeling onderzoekt aan de hand van de dagelijkse handelingen van  
reguliere stadsbewoners in plaats van de top down ordeningsprocessen.  
Het zijn deze alledaagse handelingen die zich eerder onttrekken aan de  
officiële ordening van de stad, dan zich er openlijk tegen te verzetten.

Het By-Pass symposium wordt georganiseerd door De Balie in Amsterdam  
in samenwerking met Sarai uit Delhi en CRIT uit Mumbai

Met:
Awadhendra Sharan (Historicus, Delhi) Ravi Sundaram (Sarai, Delhi),  
Juan Du (Architectuur-theoreticus, University of Hong Kong), Prasad  
Shetty (CRIT, Mumbai), Rupali Gupte (Architect, Mumbai), Solomon  
Benjamin (Politicoloog Bangalore / University of Toronto), Martijn de  
Waal (Mediatheoreticus, Amsterdam / Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Wing  
Shing Tan (Sociaal geograaf, Hong Kong), Ranjani Mazumdar (Filmmaker  
en theoreticus, Delhi).
[ Zie ook hieonder: “Confirmed Speakers” ]


Redactie:
Ravi Sundaram (Sarai)
Prasad Shetty (CRIT)
Merijn Oudenampsen (stadssocioloog)
Eric Kluitenberg (De Balie)

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By-Pass

Everyday Life and Contemporary Urbanism in India and China

International symposium
De Balie, Amsterdam
Saturday November 15
Time | 10.00 - 17.00 hrs.
Admission |  € 17,50 / 12,50  (including lunch)


For the first time the majority of the world population lives in  
cities. At this crucial juncture the future of the city appears to be  
shaped in Asia. By-Pass is an international symposium about street  
culture and everyday life in the rapidly transforming megacities of  
India and China. The symposium will bring together a renowned group of  
researchers and urban activists to address these changes specifically  
at street level: informal and self-organised structures that bypass  
all formal urban regimes. Ultimately these informal practices collide  
with the increasingly vigourous dynamics of urban and spatial planning  
in the Asian megalopolis. Micro and macro levels are, however, in  
continuous exchange in these unprecedentedly complex urban  
concentration zones.

An important  questions is whether there are  in-between spaces that  
may allow people to recast their lives between these two opposing  
binaries?

The symposium will focus specifically on developments at the micro  
level. The work of philosopher Michel de Certeau has been an important  
source of inspiration here. In the wake of his micro-political  
explorations a new type of urban study has emerged that examines the  
practices of every day life and the activities of regular urban  
dwellers. More often than not these activities bypass official urban  
regimes, rather than resisting them.

By-Pass is organised by De Balie in Amsterdam in collaboration with  
Sarai in Delhi and CRIT in Mumbai.

With:
Awadhendra Sharan (Historian, Delhi) Ravi Sundaram (Sarai, Delhi),  
Juan Du (Architectural theorist, University of Hong Kong), Prasad  
Shetty (CRIT, Mumbai), Rupali Gupte (Architect, Mumbai), Solomon  
Benjamin (Political scientist Bangalore / University of Toronto),  
Martijn de Waal (Media scholar, Amsterdam / University of  Groningen),  
Wing Shing Tan (Sociaal geographer, Hong Kong), Ranjani Mazumdar (Film  
maker and theoretician, Delhi).

Symposium editors:
Ravi Sundaram (Sarai)
Prasad Shetty (CRIT)
Merijn Oudenampsen (Urban sociologist)
Eric Kluitenberg (De Balie)

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Confirmed speakers & biographical information:

Awadhendra Sharan is a historian and Fellow at the Centre for the  
Study of Developing Societies (Delhi, India). His work involves  
research that connects environmental issues to urban space, with  
reference to the city of Delhi. He also works with Sarai, Delhi and  
offers guest lectures at the School of Planning and Architecture,  
Delhi and School of Environmental Studies, Delhi University.

Juan Du is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture,  
University of Hong Kong and Principal of IDU architecture. She teaches  
architectural design and contemporary urban theory. She has practised  
and taught in the United States, Europe and China and co-curated  
'Performative-Cities' in the 2007 Shenzen-Hong Kong Biennalle

Prasad Shetty is an executive member of the Collective Research  
Initiatives Trust, Mumbai and also works as an Urban Management Expert  
with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. His work  
involves research and teaching on contemporary Indian urbanism, with  
specific focus on issues relating to post-industrial landscapes,  
politics of property and entrepreneurial practices.

Ranjani Mazumdar is an Independent Filmmaker & Associate Professor of  
Film Studies at the School of Arts & Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru  
University (New Delhi, India). Her publications and films focus on  
urban cultures, popular cinema, gender and the cinematic city. She is  
also a visiting faculty at the Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch  
School of the Arts, New York University; at the Mass Communication  
Research Centre at Jamia University; and at the Film and Television  
Institute, Pune.

Ravi Sundaram is a Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Developing  
Societies, (Delhi, India) and is one of the initiators of Sarai,  
Delhi. He has written extensively on contemporary intersections of  
technology, media and urban experience. His writings have been  
translated into 15 languages and he has taught in universities in  
India and the United States. He was recently a Visiting Fellow at  
Princeton University. In Delhi he is a Visiting Faculty at the Urban  
Design Department, School of Planning & Architecture

Rupali Gupte is an architect and urbanist. She works is a Senior  
Lecturer at the Kamala Raheja Institute of Architecture (Mumbai,  
India) and is also an executive member of CRIT, Mumbai. As an urban  
researcher and a designer she is interested in tactical urban  
conditions and design interventions. Her works includes studies of  
post industrial landscapes, housing types in Mumbai, a novel on a semi- 
fictional history of mumbai’s urbanism and writing on the city’s  
tactical infrastructures.

Solomon Benjamin is an Assistant Professor at the Department of  
Political Science, University of Toronto. Before coming to Toronto, he  
was an urban researcher operating from Bangalore, India. His interests  
lie in the politics of land and tenure and have been working on issues  
relating to the way big business re-shapes city governance.

Wing Shin Tan (Hong Kong)
Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Hong Kog Baptist University

Martijn de Waal (Netherlands)
Researcher on urban and social issues and digital media at the   
University of Groningen and the University of Amsterdam. Contributed  
an essay on Chinese urban visuality to the recent anthology "The  
Chinese Dream" published by the Dynamic City Foundation (Rotterdam /  
Beijing), Fall 2008.


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