GOA: DIVERSE HABITATS AND

CIRCULATORY URBANISM

Challenge:

Goa has been historically shaped by mobility systems linked to rivers and the sea. Its habitats have responded to local, regional and global forces along these waterways to create a distinctive network of villages and towns. These are interspersed with fields and forests with each settlement connected to the others through an intricate web of roads. For inhabitants of this state, it is a continuing challenge to balance this structure with emerging metropolitan models that often override older systems.  This workshop will look at understanding urbanism that is anchored in Goa's physical, environmental and spatial logic. It will frame this in a larger narrative of Circulatory Urbanism - a vision for urban futures that are shaped by dynamic mobility at local, regional and global scales.  

What will you learn from this workshop?

It will work with an idea of the urban that is inclusive of dynamic, inter-connected villages and towns, one that strengthens its local elements, even while harnessing regional and global forces and one which looks at the diversity of its habitats as its biggest strengths. It will identify solutions that directly or indirectly connect with the idea of Goa’s diverse habitats as the base of its spatial logic and a hybrid way of understanding urban life, that includes forests, traditional and modern farms and economies based on new cutting edge technologies. We will have architects, planners, researchers and natural scientists as experts to investigate these themes along with the participants.

Who can participate?

Architects, urban planners, systems thinkers, natural and social scientists, economists, anthropologists. Workshop intake is 20 participants. 

 

About the mentors:

Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava are co-founders of the urbz.net collective, which organizes collaborative design workshops in places such as Tokyo, Istanbul, Mumbai, New Delhi, Sao Paulo and Rio. They have presented their work in institutions such as MoMA, Urban Age, Columbia University, Berkeley, Princeton University, Strelka Institute in Moscow, the University of Rio, the University of Tokyo, the Royal Institute of Arts in Stockholm, the ETH and EPFL in Switzerland, and the World Bank. Their team includes architects Arminio Ribeiro, Kareena Kochery, Samidha Patil and Donovan Gracias.

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This festival is an initiative of Kokum, a not-for-profit design trust based in Goa, India.

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