Listening to the City

In studying and representing the city, there is always an over-bearing emphasis on the visual aspects of the city. This is a general tendency among us humans, we privilege sight over all the other senses. So we always talk about images, footage, diagrams, layouts, blueprints, maps! All of these are visualizations. But vision (although it has a seemingly infinite range) is not the extent of perception. The city is sensual in many other ways, through sound for instance, are we listening to the city?

Our interest in the sounds of the city, was particularly piqued as a result of our interactions with Lajwanti Waghray, a documentary film-maker, who is presently working on a film “Searching for Sparrows” in Hyderabad. She suggested that it might be very interesting to conduct some experiments around this idea of sounds of the city.

The nature of these experiments is yet to be determined. But perhaps for Do Din 2014, a small initiative can be made. It can be a reflection on the soundscape of the city; its peculiarities based on culture, its transformations as a result of development, etc. Are you paying attention to the aural features of your city or neighbourhood? If there is some striking sound, characteristic of your neighbourhood or city, capture a soundbyte and send it to us (at indivarj@gmail acheter viagra bas with a short note about it! With a good response, this can be turned into a workshop or presentation.

E.g. it could be natural sounds, industrial sounds, a public meeting, a rally, a laughing club, it could be anything! Get creative and tell us why the sound is important to the city.

Just by way of orientation check out the following videos. They represent 2 different points-of-viewhearing…

The first one is about listening to nature, thus, coming from an ecological and conservationist perspective (we just can’t do without visual metaphors).

The second one is a starkly different approach, one that is staunchly modernist and playfully avant-garde.

We think there is value in both these ways-of-listening, do check them out.

Cover art from Music on the Wall by Sayok Ray.

A never ending chase..

to day i have a meeting to attend
tomorrow is this interview
hmmm day after i will be out of town
the weekend would have been good
except that i have family coming in.


why dont we do this
let me finish with the work at hand
plan my schedule for the next week
and then i give you a call?
im sure we can meet


good idea no really… except that
if i didnt know any better
i would take you seriously
and wilt waiting for that call
from now to hereafter


for life in the city is nothing
but a never ending race
the closer we get
the further they seem
all the ‘its’ that we chase


(But we hope you will be able to make it to Do Din)
It is a perennial connection.

The Relational City and the City's Relations - A Visual Exposition

Do Din seeks to underscore the relationships that comprise urban existence..


The Urban is a cluster of imperative relationships, not always of our own choosing

Photo by Swarat Ghosh

The Urban is a cluster of imperative relationships, not always of our own choosing


When one is sharing a physical space with hundreds of thousands of others can it be done without relating to these others?

Photo by Harsha Vadlamani

When one is sharing a physical space with hundreds of thousands of others can it be done without relating to these others?


The autonomous modern individual, then, seems an elaborate myth, we might even say urban legend!

Photo by Lipi

The autonomous modern individual, then, seems an elaborate myth, we might even say urban legend!


It masks the complex inter-dependence within the urban space.

Photo by Rajesh Pamnani

It masks the complex inter-dependence within the urban space.


Transformations here are relational. Nothing changes in isolation. Nothing is independent.

Photo by Soham Gupta

Transformations here are relational. Nothing changes in isolation. Nothing is independent.


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Photo by Soham Gupta

Any relationship in the city that transforms..


 Transforms the whole city and the city itself is not independent of its relationship with its inhabitants,

Photo by Gopal MS

Transforms the whole city and the city itself is not independent of its relationship with its inhabitants,


and with other cities and their inhabitants.

Photo by Julie McGuire

and with other cities and their inhabitants.


It is a perennial connection.

Photo by Harsha Vadlamani

It is a perennial connection.


The photographs used in the post were exhibited at Do Din 2013 in a set of exhibitions curated by Madhu Reddy and Aditya Mopur. This year too we will have photo exhibitions based on different themes, which will be curated by Aditya Mopur and Harsha Vadlamani. (The images used in this post are compressed scans which has modified the original resolution and lighting)


Data Expedition - a Pre Do Din Event, 19th December 2014.

On 19th December 2014, as a Pre Do Din event, HUL will be running a day long Data Expedition in collaboration with The School of Data, Bangalore.

Data Expedition is a practice developed by the School of Data based on their two core philosophies of learning by doing and working with real data. The aim is to “explore unchartered territory”, and work in areas where quality data is hard to find, or not even produced. Contrary to general perception data analysis is not all or only about hardcore number crunching nor does it always require “data savvy” people to understand data or work with it.

For the proposed workshop HUL is looking for people who are or wish to be:

Storytellers – People who can find new perspectives for looking at problems based on insights from the field and can articulate the problems at hand, also define projects suitable to deal with these problems.

Scouts – People who can literally scout the internet and other offline resources to find new data and data-sources.

Analysts – People who can collaborate on reading the data. This can mean finding patterns in the numbers and figures, it could also mean interpreting social situations, qualitatively.

Engineers – People with a sense of the resources required to address a problem and how various resources can be combined for optimum effect.

Designers – People who can come up with innovative solutions, or innovative methods to seek solutions.

This list of roles is neither exhaustive nor mutually exclusive. One person can play more than one of these roles. A dynamic group can come up with several interesting analyses and solutions. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to learn from each other, learn to look at things differently and learn new skills. Data Expeditions are open-ended without pre-determined outcomes, so as to facilitate creativity and a plurality of approaches.

Read more about Data Expeditions.


Nisha Thompson, our data Guide for the workshop has worked extensively with data on water supply in India vente de viagra sur internet. Water supply data produced by the GOI is highly fragmented and does not provide a comprehensive picture of the problem. Her challenge has been to enhance the existing water data through field observations and augmenting it with schematic maps and other visuals.

Do mark your calendars if you are excited by the prospect of working with real data and learning new skills, or even getting a deeper understanding of urban realities.
Friday, 19th December from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m at Hyderabad Institute of Liberal Arts, 403, B block, Delta Seacon, Road 11, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad – 500034.

Do Din is about relationships

DoDin (FILEminimizer)(1)Sketch by Neha Vaddadi


इन शहरों की अजीब फितरत है
लोग ज़्यादा होते हैं और रिश्ते कम 
जो थोड़े बहुत रिश्ते हैं
उन्हें निभाने का वक़्त नहीं 
गुज़ारा कमाने में इतने मसरूफ हैँ कि
फिसलती हुई ज़िन्दगी का होश नहीं
हर पल इतनी जल्दी है कि
यादगार लम्हे समेटने की फुर्सत नहीं 
जब अकेले पड़ जाते हैं तो
न कोई होता है जिसका सहारा ले सकें
न ही कुछ यादें रहती हैं जिनके सहारे जी सकें 
Poem by Sridhar Potlacheruvoo (Our go-to-man for all things technical)

Scenes from Do Din 2013 #1

The new background image on the Do Din 2014 homepage is a photograph by Aditya Mopur. It was clicked at Khursheed Baradari during a heritage walk which was a part of Do Din 2013.


Do Din 2014 - Are you our 'type'?

We’ve been churning many ideas for Do Din 2014 and things are starting to fall into place. Tomorrow we’ll go live with our website! Watch out for that. In the meantime, do write in if you have any ideas for events like workshops or discussions that we could host. If you represent a community, or are doing something interesting related to the urban and would like to participate in Do Din, do write in with your idea! Share away!

Here’s a poster designed by Harsha Devulapalli.

PS : All ‘types’ are welcome ?

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Everything You Need to Know About Do Din

Here we are posting responses to some FAQs. Do write in with any other queries!

What is Do Din?
Do Din was inaugurated last year as a “two day techno-arts event” which aimed to bring together diverse individuals and groups working with urban data. We think of data as an artefact, i.e. data has to be produced by someone or something. Another idea, closely related to data, is memory. By data and memory we mean not just the massive digital databases that are definitive of our age, but also the physical archives and the very memories of people. These two ideas, of data and memory are at the core of Do Din.

The objective of Do Din therefore is to provide a platform where people can collaborate and work on data, a platform where that precious data emerging from lived experience can be brought to the fore and given its due privilege, a platform where we can start talking about preserving and enriching the archive that is the city.

Do Din 2013, brought together artists, scholars, hacktivists, planners, activists and generally individuals and groups interested in the city, or specific aspects of the city. The workshops and discussions revolved around the broad themes of Water & Waste, Mobility & Safety, Municipal Accountability, Heritage & Memory. There were screenings of a curated set of short films and documentaries representing a wide array of urban experiences. There were also exhibits, including a neighbourhood history of Mallepally, Hyderabad and curated art installations that represented diverse themes like nature and the city, identity, and mass media manipulation. The resulting encounters have resulted in sustained collaboration between some, but it has instilled a feeling of solidarity among this multitude working in different fields. This solidarity is anchored by the very idea of the city.

This year too, in Do Din 2014, we plan to have a diverse range of activities such as: workshops, discussions and curated exhibitions. Carrying forward the themes introduced last year, we also wish to pay greater attention this year to new themes such as gender and space, housing and the informal economy.

The aim is not to produce an event that will assault a participant with information through lectures, but to create a space where the event can be collaboratively produced by all the participants. Ultimately, Do Din is an attempt at creating communities of new urban practice. Communities for collaboratively solving problems, learning, and also simply to see the city from another’s perspective.

Why the name Do Din?
The name comes from Ashhar Farhan, one of the directors of Hyderabad Urban Lab, who has a penchant for ordinary sounding names. But the ordinariness of the name lends itself to the nature of the city itself and by extension of the event. Do Din is not about making an extra-ordinary effort to change the world, but to start by making ordinary efforts of collaboration to make a difference.

Is entry free? Do I need to register?
Yes, entry is free. There will be online registration for practical purposes, but there will also be on-the-spot registration.

Do I need to be some kind of specialist with data to attend the event?
No, everyone is invited. Our ideal is to gather a diverse community, cutting across class, gender and other divides. This not only ensures a richer database, but also a richer forum with contrasting perspectives.

Is Do Din about Hyderabad or cities in general?
Yes, Do Din is about Hyderabad and yes, Do Din is also about other cities! This is the value of the concept of “ordinary cities”. Urban theory, urban practice, the very idea of urbanism has long been dominated by certain extra-ordinary cities like New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and these days, Mumbai, Lagos, Jakarta. The laws of urban transformation, the standards for urban planning, the models for urban architecture seem to travel unidirectionally from these extra-ordinary cities to the less valuable others. To re-orient this unidirectional dynamic, we call for ordinary cities. Ordinary cities have their own histories of stability and transformation, of design and chaos, of culture and contestation. Ordinary cities can learn from eachother.
Do Din seeks to bring together people working in different cities. Although, perhaps majority of the participants will be from Hyderabad. Thus, once again, yes Do Din is about Hyderabad and yes, it is also about other cities.

Why hold Do Din at Vidyaranya school?
We could hold Do Din in the West of the city, a hub of individuals and groups interested in “data” and working with it. However, data for us encompasses much more of the city than its IT and applied-IT industries. Vidyaranya school, therefore, becomes a great location because it is located at the centre of the city. It is easily reachable by public and private transit options. In addition, it is a disabled friendly campus.

The most important question: will there be food?
Yes. Guard your coupons though.

Do Din 2014 - Mark your calendars!

Do Din 2014

Folks, here we go. DoDin 2014 is less than a month away. Please mark your calendars. It will be on December 20-21. The venue will be the same as last year – the fabulous Vidyaranya High School. What you see above is the logo for this year – Designed by Neha Vaddadi with special inputs from Harsha Devulapalli. Please watch this page and the Do Din facebook page for updates.

For those unfamiliar with Do Din. Read about Do Din 2013 <a href="http://hydlab viagra et”>here or watch videos from Do Din 2013 here.

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