Bangalore International Centre had arranged an illustratedtalk on “Ways of Seeing” by Mr. V Narasimhan, Principal Architect, Venkataramanan Associates on Friday12th September, 2014 at 6.30 PM. Mr. V Ravichandar, chaired and moderated the discussion after the presentation.
Mr. Narasimhan through his illustrated talk, pointed out that cities are complex things – they are physical abominations, they are fantastic built jungles; they are cultural landscapes, they are sites of urban memory; they fester ambition; they also shatter dreams; they are instantly vast monoliths, they are urban palimpsests. Our experience of the city is limited or expanded by the way we perceive them.
He quoted a few lines of Oswald Mathias Ungers about cities.
"Without a comprehensive vision, reality will appear as a mass of unrelated phenomena and meaningless facts, and totally chaotic. In such a world it would be like living in a vacuum; everything would be of equal importance; nothing could attract our attention; and there would be no possibility to utilize the mind."
The ‘comprehensive vision’ that Ungers speaks of, Mr. Narasimhan stressed, has been absent for too long from our moribund pictures and plans of the city. The illustrated talk explored ways of perceiving Bangalore – both, a vision for the city as well as the city itself. This is not so much about the process of making the city as it is about understanding it, making it visible, and rendering it digestible.
The Q & A session after the talk was informative and interesting.