Looking at Cities, Allan Jacobs – Pooja Nagaraj

Allan Jacobs is an urban designer, renowned for his publications and research on urban design.

In ‘Looking at cities’ Allan narrates the activities of the surroundings in the way Urban environment has to be looked as and understood. It is the intensive observation of the surroundings described in words for the people.

As an example, to support his idea of looking at urban environment, he takes an area in San Francisco, which has a street leading to sub-streets and conveys the nature of the place in the form of narratives. He gets into the depth of everything he notices around, making people aware of how much to take from what one sees. He also makes a point that every person’s observations and opinion holds value in its own way. As Architects or planners, we design spaces for the people where fulfilling the needs of the users is the prime concern. Hence, their response towards the idea or the space becomes equally important. Thus, it is very much essential to know and understand things from their point of view, based on the experience, to troubleshoot the problems and design to get user-friendly results.

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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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