Jul 2, 2015
A Geography of Small Spaces
The geography of small spaces -ordinary and vital -constitutes the fabric of our cities, but remains beyond our analytic grasp. We need a new language of urban materiality to speak of these spaces, a language that heeds the ephemeral, contingent, and performative characteristics of these spaces, the same characteristics that also elude “mapping.” Dr. Chattopadhyay will focus on those spaces that are easily overlooked in urban analysis, from the residence to the street, utilizing the historical transformation of Indian cities as an entrée into the question of materiality and mapping spaces.
Swati Chattopadhyay is department chair of the History of Art and Architecture at UC Santa Barbara. She is an architect and architectural historian specializing in modern architecture and urbanism, and the cultural landscape of British colonialism. She is interested in the ties between colonialism and modernism, and in the spatial aspects of race, gender, and ethnicity in modern cities that are capable of enriching post-colonial and critical theory.