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UWMilwaukee's Urban Edge Award 2015 Studio work to be exhibited in Chandigarh, India.

By snatraj
Jun 22, '15 2:14 PM EST

The School of Architecture and Urban Planning's (SARUP) Urban Edge 2015 exhibit has been included on the list of events scheduled to mark Le Corbusier's 50th Death Anniversary in Chandigarh, India.

In January 2015, grant recipients from the Urban Edge Studio traveled to India, directed by Associate Professor Manu P. Sobti. The students on this trip included Kate Malaia, Richard VanDerWal, Andreya Veintimilla, Sisco Hollard, Jessica Yester, and Anna Czajkowska-Szot. The team visited numerous sites in the cities of Delhi and Agra before their arrival in Chandigarh. Here they were joined by seven students from the Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) for an intensive, six-day Urban Edge Workshop on Chandigarh, conducted jointly by Prof. Sobti and Sangeeta Bagga-Mehta (Associate Prof. at CCA). Over the course of this workshop, two “edge” sites in Chandigarh were analyzed - one positioned within the formal confines of the city and the other on its periphery. Urban design propositions were prepared and presented to the Chief Architect and Urban Development Director of the city.

As the basis of the India Urban Edge Award Spring 2015 Studio - titled “Rethinking the Urban Edge”- these studies investigated the urban edge as both a physical boundary and as a metaphoric concept within the changing, global city. The sites of study are urban conditions that are made and un-made over successive generations responding to complex cultural, economic, political, environmental, and physical transformations in time. These transformations induce building morphologies and instigate place definitions.

Over the semester, 12 SARUP (including the 6 who had traveled to India) students continued to study and discover the two sites in Chandigarh, while developing their own interpretations of what it means to design at the edge.

This studio work was complemented by the Urban Resilience Seminar held in April 2015, where international scholars critiqued the student work and presented their perspectives on the issues at hand.

The upcoming Urban Edge exhibit that collates this entire work will be held at the Alliance Française de Chandigarh between Sept. 26th - Oct. 6th 2015. It will be highlighted by an opening Symposium focusing on this work, titled "Chandigarh Re-Think". This Symposium will feature local invited guests (including design and architecture professionals, urban legislators and academics), with real-time Skype commentaries from presenters at SARUP's Resilience Seminar in April 2015. The Alliance Française de Chandigarh will generously provide exhibition space & facilities, and host this opening symposium and follow-up reception. The Chandigarh Administration has also offered SARUP logistical support towards this venture. The School will be the only international school to be prominently exhibited at this Chandigarh event and included in the Chandigarh Administration's City Museum.

The curated work of the Chandigarh Urban Edge Award Studio, including papers from the Resilience Seminar and design projects by the 12 students will be published by award-winning ORO Editions (San Francisco).

The Urban Edge Award is sponsored by Wisconsin Preservation Fund.