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The IUDI seminar on thesis at Ahemdabad brings about several issues related to the discipline of Urban Design that are central to debate all the time. The very nature of design domain activity is appeared to be relegated to secondary in most of the cases. The first session on place making/imageability had two cases hinging their argument on theory which were manufactured in 1966 and discarded during my day's of post-graduation studies. However George's thesis stands out on the ground that it scans the daily/routine/mundane experiences which are perhaps overlooked or ignored as and experiences embedded with ecstacy as momentary laspe of memory. its an interesting tools for analysis of urban form. It also brings out the conflicting ideology that brings about by forces that being exerted on us and responses that are manifested. Some time the responses are balancing to the stumuli or sometime they neutralizes each other by cancelling each other out. But not very rare the responses aer exhilarating in nature brings about excitment value to the urban experiences. The thesis hinges itself through the lense of phenomenology.

The second session on cities and memory examines the socialy relevent or imagine place making construction thorough memory. The first case seems to look at memory as a static or object and perhaps memory would be aesthetisised in the design process. The formulative approach that attempts to revive exp. western classical music through series of electronic keyboards give rise to the composer like yanni. How do we critique such endeavours or what are the tools that are central to critique of such effrots. Ginella' s thesis is obviously stands out on the ground that tools are extremly analytical in nature. she hinges her argument on the idea that "city is a palimsest. i:e imperfect erasure. In the process of erasing it leaves traces of past for successor. Ther also exist static and kinetic/ physical and metaphysical experiences at any given time. Hence qualifying memory as kinetic and not static as in previous case.

It also an attempt to have discourse on issue that inform urban form through the lense of conservation. i:e how new paradigm decline the predecessor and how predecessor becomes a palimsest for the successor. The metamorphic process is a collection of conflicting ideology.


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