Place transformation and changing associations
There are two focus areas of research undertaken by the SPA Delhi team:
Spatial transformation of Ritualistic Sites during the Pandemic
The study, initiated in 2020, focuses on the change in the use of ritualistic spaces (Durga Puja) highlighting aspects of place-making, association, and sense of belonging as transformed due to Covid. Continued in 2021, a new set of observations from the field offer a comparative analysis of transformed celebrations in two successive years during the pandemic. The study is proposed to be carried out in 2022 also to observe variance and reflect on manifestations of covid-induced transformation of ritual spaces of association.
Field visits were conducted in 3 cities by separate teams, covering two sites in Delhi, three in Kolkata and one in Chicago. Fieldwork included site observations, stakeholder-based interviews, photographic and videographic evidence and use of social media and other online platforms.
Urban Transformation in Delhi
With a focus on Shahjahanabad and urban villages around Delhi, the research aims to assess the nature and manifestations of the transformation that has occurred over time in erstwhile residential neighbourhoods of the past. Dharampura, a historic mohalla that was known for a close-knit Jain community in Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi) is presently the focus to study forces of transformation and their socio-spatial manifestation. Field visits to Gali Anar and Gali Dharampura are being conducted to observe and understand the urban transformation trends in selected residential areas within the Walled City. The visits entail photographic documentation and interviews/discussions on morphological alterations due to forces of change.