This post is part of the Portraits of Place series.
Khirkee Village is an unplanned urban village in New Delhi, India with a rich history centered around the Khirkee Mosque. The area had always been agricultural land, but after the declaration of the 1962 Master Plan, city officials acquired some parts of the property for urban development. This development proceeded in a haphazard, chaotic way, even with municipal attempts control and maintain its growth. The neighborhood is adjacent to the Saket District Center, which is bustling with enormous, new shopping malls redefining the character and lifestyles of the community. Thus, residents of Khirkee Village are in danger of losing their geographic territory and identity.
The Urban Typhoon workshop invites artists, architects, activists, and academics from all over the world to ideate with residents, grassroots groups and other users of Khirkee Village, New Delhi. The event aims at reclaiming the locality by collectively generating multiple ideas, visions and plans for its future.
In this series, I will share my experiences at Urban Typhoon in Khirkee.
Aditi Mehta received her Masters in City Planning from MIT in June 2010. This is the second Urban Typhoon workshop she is attending. The first one she went to was in Koliwada in Dharavi, Mumbai. Her other series on CoLab Radio include Who’s on Broad and The Library and Society.