Decay as 'Aesthetic' and Alternative Negotiations

Seetharama Bhat, H. 2013. Decay as 'Aesthetic' and Alternative Negotiations. Chudoba, M., Joachimiak, M., Laak, M., Lehtovuori, P., Partanen, J., Rantanen, A. and Siter, N. (ed.) 5th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research. Tampere, Finland 28 - 30 Aug 2013 Tampere University of Technology, School of Architecture.

TitleDecay as 'Aesthetic' and Alternative Negotiations
AuthorsSeetharama Bhat, H.
EditorsChudoba, M., Joachimiak, M., Laak, M., Lehtovuori, P., Partanen, J., Rantanen, A. and Siter, N.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

A conversation on resilience would be incomplete without a conversation on decay. Throughout urban spaces in the global south today, one witnesses decay, which is accepted and negotiated constantly. In certain instances, it invokes a sense of poverty and sensibilities of curiosity and exploration which the sanitized space sometimes fails to provoke. The challenge is a complex narrative which crosscuts architectural theory, practice, urban planning and culture. This paper offers a variety of contrasting examples of how decay takes an aesthetic form and offers room for alternative negotiations to be identified at the same time. As a conversation on new urbanism, this phenomenon can be tracked across a variety of urban cases. This paper presents two examples of such undertakings and attempts by meticulous documentation, comparative study and photographic representation to present a reasonable rationale. As a theoretical discussion, the paper also interrogates the need for bringing back the likes of Laurie Baker’s style in re-synthesizing objectivity in equitable architectural manifestations considering the large impact of impatient capital on these new landscapes.

Keywordsdecay, critical theory, architecture, New Delhi, capital
Year2013
Conference5th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research
PublisherTampere University of Technology, School of Architecture
Accepted author manuscript
Publication dates2014
JournalArchitecture and Resilience : Proceedings from the 5th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research
Book titleATUT Proceedings, 5th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research, Architecture and Resilience, August 28-30, 2013 Tampere, Finland
ISBN9789521531088
Web address (URL)https://tutcris.tut.fi/portal/en/publications/atut-proceedings-5th-annual-symposium-of-architectural-research-architecture-and-resilience-august-2830-2013-tampere-finland(57aabede-9b9a-42a3-a898-ddd5030a282f).html

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