Thriving on chaos might not be new to the city dwellers. With rapid urbanization, shifting the reality from old to the latest proves to be challenging. The identity everyone is in search of, becomes highly challenging in such an environment not only for us but the cities itself.
May it be the green cover or the heritage spots, there could be replacement sooner or later if left out of focus. The history of a city is linked to the heritage monuments and its green cover as well. Cities and Canopies Trees in Indian Cities written by Harini Nagendra and Seema Mundoli, has documented the ecology of our cities which could soon remain a history. SPACES presents a tête-à-tête with Saraswathy Nagarajan and the author Seema Mundoli on the history of the trees that are found in the heart of our cities.
Cities that throw a varied landscape of architecture and culture due to the colonial exchanges are abodes of a glorious past. Kochi, with its global connections with the world due to its coastline and the urban culture it hosts reflects a milieu of the old and new. The cultural mosaic that Kochi presents us with will be discussed upon by P.F Mathews, Bonny Thomas and K.J. Sohan.
With the iconic palaces, statues and the countless administrative buildings, Thriuvanathapuram is a designed space. J C Alexander, a Professor at the College of Engineering Trivandrum was the first chief architect and town planner of the government of Kerala. He has designed several prestigious buildings in the state and the capital city.
Architect Kasturi Rangan, Eugene Pandala, and Dr. Ashalatha Thampuran along with historian Malyakeezhu Gopalakrishnan will decode the J.C. Alexander’s idea of the capital city and unfurl its identity.
The maze and muse the city of Mumbai provides one, with its interiors and the famed abodes will be focused at the session by Radhika Desai.
Explore these cities as a heritage space at SPACES Fest, a four day event beginning on August 29, 2019 at Kanakaunnu Palace Thiruvananthapuram.