Argufying Calcutta: Parasituation [Kolkata]

Dorian Wiszniewski, Amit Chaudhuri, Gijs Wallis de Vries, Anuradha Mathur, Dilip da Cunha

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This book and associated catalogues record some of the work of four architecture and urban design studios ran between 2016-2019, focussing on the context of Calcutta/Kolkata. The work presented through this book and the parallel catalogues of the M Arch Degree Programme (2018 and 2019) offer an embodiment of some key theorisations in Calcutta/Kolkata on ecosophy. The research-by-design methods follow a long-standing praxis. The methods are speculative. The interest in the speculative refers to a particular relationship between the collected data and the interpretive dimension of a specific situation; our approach allows, simultaneously, for traversing lightly across whilst also mining deeply into cultural practices. The work looks more for enduring practices that colour a particular character of memory-in-place, rather than enduring monuments of instrumental narratives of place. The speculative approach not only asks the question of how to collect and present the data of collective life in Calcutta/Kolkata, it also asks how to present such data differently, i.e. specific to the lines and sensibility of enquiry the research prompts. As a series of individuals, groups and outputs, as researchers and designers, we collectively represent something of the aspirations of an ecosophic community - a community of relations - in practice. The book contains essays by Dorian Wiszniewski, Amit Chaudhuri, Gijs Wallis de Vries and Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherWedge Publications
Number of pages207
ISBN (Print)978-1-9993772-1-2
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • Calcutta, Parasituation, Urban Design, Architecture, India, Indian Modernity, Ecology, Ecosophy


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