This week’s speaker, Sukanya Krishnamurthy is an Assistant Professor of Urbanism and Urban Architecture at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The main focus of her research lies at the interface of urban, social and cultural geography, where her scholarship considers the various narratives that can be read through architecture. Within these fields, she has published on: aggregated and individual socio-spatial practices; informality and governance; and cultural heritage and place identity. Through her interdisciplinary research in the fields of urban and socio-cultural studies, she analyses how cities can use their resources and values for better sustainable development.
The seminar will explore conditions and conceptions of how urban collective culture manifests itself in public spaces. By discussing three areas of her current research – temporal transformations, urban experimentations and community involvement – Krishnamurthy will outline methodological implications for spatial/cultural analysis. Drawing on examples – from India and the Netherlands – of the production of symbolic meaning through urban rituals, socially (en/dis)abling processes, and technological shifts, the talk will develop insights into the transformation of public spaces.