Hyderabad: Creation of an archive of urban memories in the form of a huge repository is the way forward to safeguard policy documents, maps and public sector undertakings, and for transformational policy intervention, experts said as 'Do Din', a two-day urban techno-arts conference, concluded in the city.
The first-of-its-kind fest to bring communities together to share their views and exchange ideas witnessed a good turnout from different sections of the society including students, academicians and activists from various cities. "A number of people have signed up for projects on which they want to work, not only in Hyderabad but other cities as well. Creating an archive is very important. It could be old family pictures, letters, documents or maps. We will now hopefully have a public repository for making cities better." The repository will have lists of old business houses in the city, their global connections and also public sector undertakings. It would help promote transparency in governance and provide information to the public which was one of the many key takeaways from the event," said Anant Maringanti, director of Hyderabad Urban Lab (HUL).
While the technical sessions revolved around data collection, analysis and usage, mapping of urban issues, infrastructure and designing inputs, there were sessions on history of localities of Hyderabad and change in the socio-cultural practices during the past four decades.
Source: Times of India