Over-determinism

City landscapes are being increasingly commodified, monitored, and constructed in ways that discourage spontaneous appropriation and unplanned transformation. In resistance to this over-determinism, a few contemporary landscape architects and urbanists are seeking to promote qualities of indeterminacy, open-endedness, and temporality in their work. Their aim is to engender and support engagement rather than objectification. These efforts are particularly applicable to large-scale public, decommissioned, and marginalized lands within or at the edge of the cities. Such spaces resist popular prescriptions of use, identity, and meaning. Is this shift from form to events, permanence to change, identity to void, a recognition for the need to recover essential territories in the city that are “neither wilderness nor home”.

Anuradha Mathur, Neither Wilderness nor Home. The Indian Maidan (1999)

mahim crossing MAHIM CROSSING_perspective_LAYERS 1&2making the mithi w contours abbreviated

mumbai sections BOMBAY sections
People walk back to their homes as vehicluar traffic came to a standstill due to rains in Bombay.

Anuradha Mathur, Dilip da Cunha, SOAK (2009)

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Over-determinism

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