Rural-scape on the Fringe of City

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Name Village Kullupani
Location Dehradun
Country India
Authors Archana Bais
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Short Introduction to the Area of Study

The site is located in the North of India, at the foothills of Himalayas. It’s a small village (25 families and 150 inhabitants) which is sandwiched between a reserve forest and a growing city (Dehradun).

I chose this area for this seminar as it is my thesis site. Currently because of eccentric developments of cities, villages, especially those which are on the fringes are facing lots of challenges and development pressures. My effort would be in providing direction to the transformation (with community participation) which should result in a sustainable, self sufficient and economically viable model. So far I have conducted three public meetings in which I organized workshops to help the villagers appreciate the landscape around them. A particular meeting focussed on landscape needs analysis allowed me to develop a fresh perspective on the topic.

Exercise 1: Sketching the Landscape

Time frame: October 25 - November 15, 2011

Student activities:

  • Creation of analytical drawings and sketches
  • Presentation of results

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Sketches and Drawings

Exercise 2: Landscape Layers

Time frame: November 15 - 29, 2011

  • time based changes and 'landscape biography', and/or:
  • topography, open spaces, built, green, traffic and water structures on different layers. *Definition of zones with coherent character
  • Description of this character.

Please publish your findings here

Exercise 3: Behaviour Patterns

Time frame: December 6 - 20, 2011

  • How do people behave in this area? How do they use the space? What is important for them?
  • Observation of study area, interviews with local people and mapping of use patterns.

There are already several personal interviews and public meetings conducted so far by me. Interesting thing is because of proximity to the city and forest, young generation is giving up on agriculture. So most of the agriculture land is lying unused and undefined. There is no public space as such for different user group. Only area which comes under religious use having temple is being used by different user group at different time of day. It is interesting to see that there is no formal discussion on how and when different groups should use the area, there is a common understanding between the villagers which avoids conflicts between different user groups. It is sad to see that once developed just because of agriculture reasons, now there are only few people in their fifties or sixties who are doing farming. There are very many reasons for that which I would like to discuss more for my further studies.

  • Preparation of short presentation

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Exercise 4: Communication Concepts

Time frame: December 19, 2011 - January 17, 2012

  • Based on the different landscape assessment approaches students will develop a communication concept for their area of study
  • Which measures would be necessary for enhancing the awareness for the area?
  • Students are free to choose their method.

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