Looking at Cities – Himani Vinodrai

Looking at cities, by Allen Jacobs, looks into matters which are often overseen by us commoners and other people responsible for urban planning. His article is aimed at urban planners and people associated with the macro development of a city. It talks of potholes in existing urban designs and how it can be avoided with a little conscious effort.

In this piece, through vivid description of two streets of San Francisco, Jacobs tells his readers of how careful observation can be an inexpensive and reliable source of first hand information. He boils down his description to something as common as the paint on a wall making it extremely relatable for his readers. He urges urban planners to be utterly sensitive of the kind of societal fabric around the proposed area and design accordingly so as to be in harmony with the existing context.


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This website is a compilation of work done by students of INDUS University, Ahmedabad. The course was a two week long module where they engaged with mapping and unfloding the many layers of small public spaces in Ahmedabad city. This course was taught by Mansi Shah

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