The Buksh Museum of Hobby-Craft

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    Abstract

    This article describes the last of three architecture projects carried out over two years’ PhD research in the Indian city of Agra, completed in 2014. The projects aimed to expose ways that residents in the city’s historical Tajganj neighbourhoods had, over four centuries, constructed an urban topography that was meaningful to them. The final project the Buksh Museum of Hobby-Craft explored ways in which re-establishing a civic role for one building could enable those involved to reimagine the potential of this neglected urban district. This was done through assembling temporary additions to a ruined building.

    The project was carried out with a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) and ran parallel to an urban regeneration scheme for Tajganj with which this NGO was involved. Several groups with different urban specialisms were involved in this scheme and were committed to fielding their own set of objectives within it: often these goals conflicted. The research project, isolated from these objectives, allowed participants to engage with the conflicting value sets in play, and explore ways of mediating between them without compromising any groups’ role in the regeneration scheme itself.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBrookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching
    Volume8
    Issue number1 and 2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

    Keywords

    • architecture
    • heritage
    • participatory Design
    • regeneration
    • sustainable development
    • urbanism

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Architecture

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