30 Sep '17, 11pm

Can nature thrive in cities like Bangalore?

It has been quite a task! Archival material is available from the colonial period (18th century), but lies buried in a number of archives that are not easily accessible. Beyond that, we know little, and what information exists about Indian pre-colonial rulers is largely anecdotal and flows from myths and oral legends. Yet these are important to access as well, for while they may or may not be “fact”, they indicate something about the cultural fabric from which they emerge. I used maps, sketches and photographs that exist from the start of the colonial occupation of Bengaluru, in 1791, to get visual cues about the landscape. I also mined the inscriptional archives on stone and copper plates from the 6th century to the 16th century, when the medieval town of Bengaluru was created, to look at the locations that people selected in which to settle, the kind of physical landscap...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2016/07/can-nature-thrive-in-ci...

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