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Co Founder, Everyday City Lab

Date & Time

Tuesday Tue, 16 Nov 2021

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

In India, there are social and religious practices intersecting with the process of urbanization at various levels. This talk & exhibition is based on research that looks at how people are able to generate and sustain small, public spaces or ashwath kattes in the city of Bangalore through worshiping the peepul tree. Based on a study of 20 kattes, it finds that while these are religious spaces, they are also inclusive spaces for women, children and the elderly. It suggests that the social interactions that the peepul tree enables contributes to the collective memory of a place. It proposes that the higher the collective memory, the lesser the chances of the government encroaching upon these public spaces.

Thumbnail Sketch Credit: Eklavya Koralkar

In collaboration with Everyday City Lab 


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Kiran Keswani

Co Founder, Everyday City Lab

Kiran Keswani is Co-founder, Everyday City Lab, an urban design lab that focuses on the everyday life of the city. She has had a design practice for the last 20 years. She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Planning, CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Since the last six years, she has been studying how ashwath kattes work as sustainable spaces and their relevance in city-making. She has taught design studios at CEPT University and open courses at the Azim Premji University. Currently, she is working towards developing a citizen science portal for building collective knowledge on Indian streets & public spaces.