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Chennai, Pondicherry, Bangalore or Chicago. What’s your pick?

We’re very thrilled to announce that we’re hosting a series of Jane Jacobs themed photo walks in four cities this year on 3rd and 4th May!! That would be Chennai, Pondicherry, Bangalore and Chicago!!!!


Janes Walk Chennai Janes Walk Pondicherry Janes Walk Bangalore Janes Walk Chicago





















For more information about the individual walks, including the link to the registration forms click on the links below-

CHENNAI- http://www.janeswalk.org/india/chennai/mylapore-through-eyes-jane-jacobs/
PONDICHERRY- http://www.janeswalk.org/india/pondicherry/framing-muslim-quarter-through-eyes-jane-jacobs/
BANGALORE- http://www.janeswalk.org/india/bangalore/framing-shivaji-nagar-through-eyes-jane-jacobs/
CHICAGO- http://www.janeswalk.org/united-states/chicago/framing-lincoln-park-through-eyes-jane-jacobs/

We’re also thrilled to announce a new partnership with Toronto-based organization, Jane’s Walk. Jane’s Walk is a project of Tides Canada Initiatives Society (TCI). TCI is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to providing uncommon solutions for the common good by leading and supporting actions that foster a healthy environment and just Canadian society. Over a 100 cities around the world are participating in the global Jane’s Walk festival this year!

As we get closer to the walk dates, we thought it might be a good idea to write about the idea behind these walks. Also, we have been receiving a number of queries so we’ve compiled a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and answers. If you’ve already registered for the walks, this ought to clarify a lot of things for you. If you haven’t registered, then perhaps this may help you decide if you should or not!

1. What is a photo walk?

The photo walk is NOT a guided tour. It’s a social photography event where participants get together to walk around, shoot photos, learn a thing or two and generally have fun with fellow participants.

Participants on our walk will meet at the designated start point, then venture out along the given route and snap away based on the themes that we will be giving you on the day of the walks. The themes will be based on Jane Jacobs’ ideologies and concepts. Participants need not worry if they are unfamiliar with these ideologies and concepts… we’ll be giving you a handout during the walk to help you through. Plus the Walk Leader will be around as well to answer any questions.

As a participant, you will walk around taking pictures for roughly 1.5 hours with opportunities to take breaks during or after the walk and mingle with fellow walkers and share insights. Then, if you want, submit your favourite photos from the day to the Walk Leader after the walk.

2. Why should I go on a photo walk?

If it’s an area that you’re already familiar with, being introduced to Jane Jacobs’ concepts of urbanism can help you see things in ways you hadn’t noticed before. Or if it’s an area you’re unfamiliar with, in addition to viewing it through Jane Jacobs’ eyes, you can get additional insights through other people who may have lived there all their lives! But the best part is that you get to meet fellow urban enthusiasts, make new friends and have fun!

3. What do I need to bring?

Mainly, yourself and a camera. Any camera is fine including a phone camera. It’s fine if you want to bring along an assortment of lenses and accessories but do remember that you’ll need to be walking around with the whole gear. For your own safety and convenience, we recommend fairly minimal gear.

4. What are the rules about taking pictures during the walk?

Photos submitted must be taken during the walk only. You can’t come back to the location of your walk later and take more pictures.

5. Is it allowed to edit photos before submitting them?

Yes, you are allowed to edit your photos but not to the extent that it no longer looks like the original! And please avoid collages.

6. Are watermarks allowed?

The photos are being collected to be included in a publication and we will definitely be crediting all contributors for submitted photographs. Hence, it would be nice if you avoided watermarks. However, if at any point you feel that there may be a copyright issue, you are free to refuse submitting your photos to us.

7. How do I submit photos?

The Walk Leaders will give you clear instructions regarding this on the day of the walk.

8. Can I submit more than one image?

Yes! You may submit as many as you like.

9. What happens after I submit photos?

Our objective is to create a compilation of images from each city and critically analyze how Jane Jacobs’ concepts manifest themselves across the four cities- Chennai, Bangalore, Pondicherry and Chicago- through a diverse set of residents coming together on these walks. As a participant group from each of the four cities, your interpretation of these concepts will be the highlight of this publication. This e-book will be shared with you as a souvenir of the walks. In other words, you will have the unique opportunity to be a part of this experiment spread across 4 cities.

10. How can I identify the Walk Leader at the venue?

Watch out for someone holding this sign at the venue. He or she is your Walk Leader!
Janes Walk Placard

The walks will commence exactly at the specified start times so please time yourself well enough so that you assemble there atleast 10 minutes earlier.

We’re looking forward to a great day of urbanism, photography, and forming new friendships!

About Vidhya Mohankumar

Vidhya Mohankumar is an architect and urban designer with over a decade of work experience in India, Ireland and the United States and a passion for creating livable cities. She is the founder of Urban Design Collective (UDC), a collaborative platform for architects, urban designers and planners to create livable cities through participatory planning. Vidhya also advocates sustainable development through training and capacity building programmes for various stakeholder groups and also within academia through her association with a number of universities as guest faculty. In other parallel albeit real universes, she is a wishful artist, an avid wanderer, a constant gardener and a newly enthused cook.


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