Development and Urbanization
I am interested in how various place practices and imaginations are tied to heritage production and education in turn shape an understanding of Banglalore. This paper offers an analysis of community-driven culture maps that came out of the Nakshay initiative. Since early 2000s, we started various ‘community’ engagements hoping to understand how people imagine the city at various levels, particularly, how they relate to ‘heritage’. The initiatives included walks, hunts, short films, culture mapping, and urban space events and engaged with residents based on a need to rethink a number of issues involving city spaces, heritage and resident communities.
In this presentation, we show responses from different groups of school children in order to draw out their idea of ‘place’. We started with the question, what makes a neighbourhood ‘distinctive’ and how do we understand this through the eyes of various residents. The international school’s results reflects the global aspiration of its ‘elite’ students. The ‘landmarks’ on their ‘culture’ map reflected their urban ‘world’, like Decathlon. On the other hand the government school map had a more ‘local’ flavour, like a nearby public park. I.e. the latter map had places that our group (experts) would typically associate with heritage (understood as socio-cultural significance). These different results help us think through the role of place, landmarks and location (physical and ideological) in the city.