The DIY workshop
a project by Vishal Rawlley
supported by Open Space

IVth year Architecture students from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, take a course in DIY Urbanism, July-Dec 2012

DIY Urbanism
‘Do it Yourself’ (DIY) Urbanism provides a counterweight to traditional top-down urban planning processes. DIY urbanism empowers residents to make the changes they seek and create their own positive urban interventions.

These interventions can take various forms, ranging from planting your own city signage, to installing your own urban furniture, to building pop-up pavement kiosks, to making underground radio transmissions, to performing street theatre.

DIY efforts are not disruptive violations, or frivolous novelties. They are signs of true urban vitality. With a can-do attitude and a bit of playful mischievousness, these interventions illustrate that another type of city is possible.
For the DIY Urbanism course, students were asked to design an urban intervention. They had to choose a city space, find a subject for engagement and think of an intervention strategy.

1. Vella Kotla – Talking Board project - by Amit Kurien
City Space: Vikram Nagar, Kotla, Delhi
Subject: Instigating social interaction in an unengaged neighbourhood
Intervention Strategy: Revitalizing unused notice boards in the area as social networking sites

2. Promoting Hafta Bazaars - by Dorji Yanki and Anish Prem Kumar

City Space: Different locations in Delhi where weekly markets are setup
Subject: Promoting the weekly street markets of Delhi
Intervention Strategy: Distributing brochures and maps of the market place

3. Mapping Pavement Vendors - by Atul Shekhar

City Space: Pavements of Connaught Place, Delhi
Subject: Creating an inventory of informal street commerce
Intervention Strategy: Making advertisement boards, online maps and mobile phone apps

4. A Sensory Map of Mehrauli - by Anam Khan and Saif Khan

City Space: Mehrauli - a historic neighbourhood of Delhi
Subject: Creating an engaging way of experiencing a city neighbourhood
Intervention Strategy: Creating a sensory map of the neighbourhood

5. Calling attention to the Yamuna - by Mridul Jain

City Space: Sites in the city close to the Yamuna river in Delhi
Subject: Calling attention to the deteriorated state of the river
Intervention Strategy: Creating an interactive spectacle - Laser Graffiti

6. Awareness about segregating garbage - by Nidhi Sohane

City Space: Public dustbins around the city of Delhi
Subject: Creating awareness about garbage segregation
Intervention Strategy: Putting up info-graphics at the site of waste disposal

7. Find your bus route app - by Ashish Topo

City Space: Bus stops around the city of Delhi
Subject: Making bus commute simpler by making route information easy to access
Intervention strategy: Making a simple mobile phone app to query bus routes and bus numbers

8. Veg Food Guide Mobile App - by Nalin Singh
City Space: Entire Delhi city
Subject: Helping people locate vegetarian food places in the city
Intervention Strategy: Making a smart phone app to locate veg food places

Related Links:
During the course there was an enormous exchange of ideas and research documents related to the projects. Here is a compilation of some of the links:

Public interventions using chalk boards, posters, stickers, graffiti and the like:

Articles and policy papers relating to street vendors and hawking zones in cities:
A report:
Street Vendors (Livelihood) Protection Authority
National Policy For Urban Street Vendors
Delhi’s Ongoing Debate on Informal Settlements and Work Places
Policy Dialogue:

Inspiring Ideas for public installations:!m/