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Who designs our cities?

Neighborhood mapping in Bangalore. Picture credits: Christian Perso

Designed by Le Corbusier, Chandigarh is famous for its planning on the principle and dimensions of the Modulor Man who stands six feet tall - drawing inspiration from the heroes of detective novels that the architect so admired. But what about the un-modulor body? What about those who do not fit this perfect ideal of gender, age and ability?

How can we make our cities inclusive for all genders and sexualities, regardless of age, abilities, class, caste, religion or economic background, is what an international public art project called City for All? sought to ask as part of the Indo-French festival Bonjour India. The project travelled across 6 Indian cities from March to May 2022 asking the question - who builds our cities and for whom?

Designed by Social Design Collaborative from Delhi and Genre et Ville from Paris, City for All? questioned the role of gender in shaping our urban experiences. Organised by the French Institute in India and the Alliance Francaise network, the project travelled across Jaipur, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Pune, Bengaluru and Delhi engaging online and on-ground with diverse communities.

You can read about the project in the biannual City Observer here on page 144.


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