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City for All
CITY FOR ALL?
A public art festival questioning the place of gender in cities.

City For All? is a project meant to question the design, planning and architecture of cities and built spaces, and our interaction with it, which ends up putting women, queer folks and the marginalised at a disadvantage

City For All? is a project meant to question the design, planning and architecture of cities and built spaces, and our interaction with it, which ends up putting women, queer folks and the marginalized.

Our interaction with urban planning ends up putting women, queer folks and the marginalized at a disadvantage. City For All? will make you question the design, planning and architecture of cities and built spaces in India from the intersectional lens of gender, age, ability, class and caste.

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Let’s take a quick quiz! Did you walk the streets past midnight? Sat at a roadside stall and had tea? Found a toilet to pee when you needed one? Took a bus without fear of harassment? Laid down in a park and took a nap?

If the majority of your answers are ‘yes’, there is a high chance you are an able-bodied cis-man hailing from a dominant caste and religion.

Public spaces and their access are not gender-neutral. Look around and you will realise that they are mostly occupied by fully grown, able-bodied, upper caste, young cis-gendered heterosexual men, who feel free, powerful and in control of these spaces.

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The project will travel across 36 diverse neighbourhoods across 6 cities in India in order to map the communities’ response to their immediate public spaces. Every map will bring out city-level patterns on how we use our public spaces based on our gender, age and abilities as well as the local diversity of economic background, class and caste.

A final exhibition will showcase the maps, with discourses, dialogues, public debates and curated walks in each city attempting to give visibility to a much-needed question: who builds our cities, and for whom?

City for All Calendar

Event Calendar

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Exhibition on view: 2 – 3 April
Venue: Jawahar Kala Kendra


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April 9
• Curated walk: 5 pm
• Inaugural speech: 5:30 pm
• Cultural performances: 6 pm
• Public interaction & Exhibition: 7 pm

April 10
• Public interaction & Exhibition: 10 am – 8 pm

Venue: Sector – 17, underpass


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Exhibition on view: 16 – 17 April

Timing: 16 April opening @ 7:00 PM / 17 April  10 AM – 8 PM
Venue: LxS Open House


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23 April:
Curated walk: 6 pm
Inauguration and cultural performance: 6:30 pm
Public interaction and Exhibition: 7:30 pm

24 April:
Public interaction and Exhibition: 10 am – 8 pm

Venue: ITI Road, in front of F-Cube, Pune – 411007


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Timing: 9am – 6pm

Exhibition on view: 29 – 30 April

Venue: Rangoli Metro Art Center


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May 7
• Curated walk: 6:30 pm
• Inauguration: 7 pm
• Open mic: 7:30 pm
• Public Interaction & Exhibition: 8 pm
• Astro Night Sky Tourism: 8:30 pm

May 8
• Public Interaction & Exhibition: 10 am – 8 pm
• Open Mic: 6 pm – 8 pm
• Astro Night Sky Tourism: 8 pm – 9 pm

Venue: Bikaner House, Pandara Road, India Gate, ND – 11


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About the curator

Swati Janu is an architect and artist who works on issues of right to the city, participatory planning and inclusive public spaces. She is the Founder of the interdisciplinary practice Social Design Collaborative which was recently awarded the Beazley Design of the Year 2020 in Architecture.

Her approach combines community engagement and grassroots activism with policy advocacy. She was nominated as one of the 15 Young Leaders from India in 2018 for her work in humanitarian architecture. She is currently a Domestic Expert on the CITIIS project led by AFD and NIUA.

An urban anthropologist, Chris co-founded Genre et Ville, an organisation working on territories and urban planning via a gender prism in 2012. Genre et Ville is involved in R&D with city councils, government organisations, schools, urban planners, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and equal rights societies.

Chris is also a member of EELV the French Ecologist party. As such she offers expertise on equal rights, urban planning, mobility and societal evolution. She is currently a Global Mentor on the CITIIS project led by AFD and NIUA.

Image © Social Design Collaborative

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