Missing Basti Project
Every year, parts of our cities disappear as the bastis built informally by the poorer citizens continue to be evicted and demolished. The Missing Basti Project archives these missing parts of Delhi in an attempt to preserve their character and history, covering the evictions over 2016-17 documented as part of CEPT University Summer Winter School.
Missing Basti is an online mapping project as part of CEPT Summer Winter School 2017 to archive the informally built neighborhoods or bastis in Delhi that were evicted between 2016-17. Using ethnographic research methodologies, the stories of the missing places and people were collected and collated in the form of maps, sketches, timelines and audio interviews to present this information to the larger public in the form of a website.
The workshop helped trigger a larger and longer mapping exercise with the help of social workers, activists, lawyers, designers and academics from IIHS, CPR and CPR who are currently working to archive all the evictions in the city from 1990 onwards.