Authored by Nirupama Jayaraman and Sannihit Bathula
The fourth day of the Bypasslab was one of research and reflection. The morning was utilized for site visit by most teams and the afternoon was spent in analyzing and trying to understand the data collected and phenomena observed. Evening’s debriefing session saw some remarkable turns in outcome of the teams’ work in Sriperumbudur.
‘K for Kadai’ was the rather intriguing title of Group A’s project looking at streetvendors in the industrial areas of SIPCOT, Sriperumbudur and Irungattukottai. They tried to understand the placemaking process by these streetvendors through a contextual analysis. Using the terms ‘negotiate’ and ‘narrate’, the team used the lenses of time, space, practice and context.
Group B’s study aimed at understanding the porous conditions of a city through different categories developed on the basis of an earlier field visit to Sriperumbudur temple town. The second field visit covering a vast section of the Sriperumbudur taluk towards the Chennai bypass road opened up new avenues for the team to understand porous conditions of the peri-urban.
Negotiating to present first, Group C spoke about their project, ‘Negotiating the Intersection’ where they tried to understand the flows and ebbs of life at an intersection. Through the movement of cattle which was identified as placemaking due to physical memory, the team tried to understand negotiated spaces. Further, they presented the multiple layers of consumption as an activity which was observed at their chosen site of Melathur junction.
Group D showcased their project of trying to profile water tanks in Sriperumbudur. They spoke about the conflict that comes into picture when the city is trying to extend while the lives experiences in these peri-urban spaces resist. The work done by the team points towards the contestation reflected best in the boundaries of peri-urban conditions, especially these waterbodies.
‘Weaving at Anagaputhur’ is the theme that Group E focussed on. They presented a historical reconstruction of the area using maps and spoke about how weaving as a process was changing due to various factors.They identified these influences as shaping the relationship between people, experiences and the built form as well.
The final presenation of the day, Group F presented their work on “Understanding the social fabric of Sriperumbudur. The team used food as an activity where people are gathering. Through this, they sought to understand how densities vary on the basis of exchange , interaction, socializing, company & memory.
The evening lecture by Siddharth Hande, a geo-spatial analyst by training and the founder of Kabadiwalla Connect, was an inspiring talk on how maps can be used as potent tools by the citizens to challenge and question regressive spatial changes. Emphasizing on the importance of maps to analyze the big picture, while not forgetting to acknowledge the shortcomings of the same, Mr. Hande explained how his works on ‘Hydrology of Hyderabad’, ‘Counter – Mapping’ of Urur kuppam and his pastime – ‘Urbanhistoryproject’, have a political undertone that question social issues. With this unique blend of lectures and on-field projects, the Lab seems to be quite the hit among participants!