Cultural Territories and Resilience


This course attempted to understand urban-scape through the phenomena of culture. The formation of cultural territories trough historical processes and emergence of new transformation through various means in recent time of cultural territories often brings conflicting paradigms. The course attempts to understand and locate such cultural territories through various reading based on sociological and anthropological literature and delineate the cultural led urban transformational process in contemporary times.

Course Objectives

To be able to understand the larger contextual meaning of cultural territories and cultural paradigm in urban discourse and to be able to demonstrate through case studies.

1. The history of urbanization in Indian context is the key response to the social, spiritual, religious and economic needs in cities. The contemporary modes of planning paradigm often neglect or fail to represent the intrinsic and networked condition of Indian historic cities. The course main objective is to understand meaning of various types of cultural territories through literature and reading materials.
2. The elective attempts to identify the forces that underpin such historic networked conditions that are being neglected in planning process and threaten this valuable relationship with diverse historic circumstances in contemporary urban development process. The students are expected to generate various types of maps, demonstrating the cultural territories phenomena.
3. The elective also dissected the cultural territorial aspects of public realm, activity pattern along with history, heritage and understand the resilience system that enables the planning mechanism.
4. The elective also enable the process of theorizing the criteria of mapping and locating such cultural territories through various forces.

Learning Outcomes

 Theoretically understanding the meanings of cultural the way we interpret the everyday cultural phenomena or environment and how they are integral part of existence and develops inherent meaning and brings about cultural changes
 Develop understanding of urban morphology through phenomena of cultural territories.
 Identify various forces in given morphological structure and understand their relationships.
 Identify the possible threats to such territories under various economic and developmental processes.
 Developing arguments for a cultural resilience approach.
 Developing of suitable representational method for urban resilience.

Course Duration

16 weeks, Once a week.

Course Frequency

Every Year

Course Format

Elective/Lectures/ Presentations