Looking at cities, Allan B. Jacobs- Zalak Patel

“Looking at cities” narrates by Allan B. Jacobs. He is an urban designer and also a part of many city planning. Allan narrates a story what he observed in a street of San Francisco in an intensive detail.

In it, He talked about 24th street of san Francisco. He talked about each and every single detail which we are not observing in our routing life. For example he talks about nature of building, materiality, elements,  color and so on. He used specific words like wood house, windows, stucco, shingles, stone, carving wall, yellow ochre color, thick paint cracks, window curtain which shows us that his observation is so intensive. He also talked about space using by whom!!!for example late sixties people easily make from their dressing, hair color, waiting for bus. He asked himself that is it for ‘blue collar’ or ‘white collar’. He also mentioned surrounding context, typology, building orientation, nature of the space and street.

Coming to the conclusion as an artist, we should start observing things in and out which surrounds us. This helps us to explore our self and go out of the box, making visualization more strong. Explore our perspective of that space, like everyone has an own perspective. We should start questing to our own self and that’s how we can learn from our own self.


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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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