SURAT: LOGO-CENTRIC URBANISM
Ihave visited Surat on numerous occasions knowing the orientation preciously from the point of view of stranger in the city without slightest clue of the existence of various layers that has shaped the city. Its assumes the city to exist with specific signs & symbols that normatively structures the images and results in to pre-determined logos that connotes the city. It is undeniably organizes the patterns that are very different from the stand point of being completely deterministic. I must admit honestly that first time I began to read the city from the point of view of what we are being trained and stand point is significantly different from the experiences of the past. The former experience is fairly bias towards its dis-order and all the appendage go along g with the adjective amounting to the chaos.
However the recent visit to Surat has revealed other dimensions that have been hidden for all these years. How strange is that view points are different ad object and subject relation remains relative. The perceived dis-order revealed the strange high form of entropy analogues to the multiplication of highest perceived dis-order in to distinct pattern.
I hope it becomes the new learning process to look at urbanity within our context significantly different from what we are trained for. It perhaps takes longer to learn basics. Sometime it also disturbs the pre-conceived notion of scanning eastern cities form west-centrism mind set.