[Poster Dwelling; Land, Market and Economy], Delhi 2008:





There are currently plans to renovate the market into a “modern international mall” in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games – a project that will also see the clearance of huge areas of Delhi, including spaces around historic monuments, and the creation of new ‘Green Belts’ and the construction of a metro system





The dome was made from papier mache and was inspired by the domes of observatories built in the UK in the late 19th century. Paper for construction was collected in the ‘office zone’ of Delhi. One the eight sides is the text "Start Here" written, structured over eight panels.



[Poster Dwelling; Land, Market and Economy] comprised a 1-to-1 scale copy of one of the 8-sided concrete domes that rise above the market to provide it with fresh air and natural light. It was determined that the new dome would explore the tense relations between land, economy and environment and the role of markets in social and cultural organization.

The papier mache dome of the Poster Dwelling connects the marketplace to broader themes of ecology, markets, food supply and the economy of land.
It has been developed in relation to issues suggested by the spaces and social activity related to the Palika Bazaar market, the economic zoning system and the green city plan for Delhi, 2008.
The Poster Dwelling is constructed from recycled paper from Delhi’s ‘office zone’, and its surface will be covered with images and texts that explore the tension between work, land and economy, and the role of markets in social and cultural organization.

The orthodox economics that prevails in ‘Market Economies’ suggests that all social and cultural relations are the result of market forces. Conversely, historians, anthropologists and sociologists suggest that markets are, in fact, deeply embedded in cultural practices, social conventions and local traditions. Often, ‘real markets’ rub shoulders with an ‘ideology of Markets’. Real markets operate within the social, cultural and legal constraints of particular localities and customs. But increasingly they co-exist with ‘conceptual’ Markets. In Special Economic Zones for example, local traditions, customs and laws are suspended. In their place, the ‘society’, ‘culture’ and ‘law’ of ‘The Market’ reigns. Between ‘real markets’ and the ‘ideology of the Market’ lie complex issues of labor, access to land and knowledge, ecology, politics and power. The surface of Poster Dwelling explores these interrelations and their relevance for the environment.



The dome includes 8 sides with 8 different panels.


Close up of Panel 5: Globalisation (Deregulating Markets and Commodifying Knowledge). Palika Bazar opened in 1979. The drawings of Palika Market was made of a Delhi-based architect.



Drawings, sub-text and the text Start Here is painted on the dome. The text is devided into eight parts, one for each side and includes the titles; Land & Economy, Enclosure Economics, Market as Myth, Globalisation (Deregulating Markets and Commodifying Knowledge), Real Markets and Market Ideology, Farming, Special Economy Zones and the 2008 Land Grab.

The publication [Learning Book #003, Poster Dwelling; Land, Market and Economy] includes Start Here by Jaime Stapleton, Delhi’s Urban Dilemma by Arunava Dasgupta and
From Corporate Land Grab To Land Sovereignty (Bhu Swaraj), Charter for Land Sovereignty (Bhu Swaraj) - From Corporate Hijak of Land, INDIA DIVIDED Vs INDIVISIBLE INDIA: DEFENDING DIVERSITY AND DEMOCRACY IN TIMES OF VIOLENCE, FEAR AND TERROR, all by Vandana Shiva.

A workshop, including The Freedom Kit, and a talk was held by Navadanya through the period the dome settled.

[Poster Dwelling; Land, Market and Economy] was sent to re-cycle.

Workshop Events: In Delhi, Learning Site worked in collaboration with the non-governmental organization Navdanya, founded by Dr Vandana Shiva. Navdanya held talks at the dome throughout the period of its existence and created a workshop “Know Your Food: From Seed to Table”, that included the distribution of “Freedom Seed Kits”.





Thus in 1878 in UK, the first of a series of paper observatory domes was built. The dome lasted for over twenty years and was removed, not because of decay, but to convert the building to other uses in 1889.

“... the greatest lightness consistent with the requisite strength,...”, 1896.
[Poster Dwelling; Land, Market and Economy] under construction to the right.



PDF for Learning Book #003, [Poster Dwelling; Land, Market and Economy], Delhi, 2008

Text: "Start Here" including some drawings

Texts: From Corporate Land Grab To Land Sovereignty (Bhu Swaraj), Charter for Land Sovereignty (Bhu Swaraj) - From Corporate Hijak of Land, INDIA DIVIDED Vs INDIVISIBLE INDIA: DEFENDING DIVERSITY AND DEMOCRACY IN TIMES OF VIOLENCE, FEAR AND TERROR by Vandana Shiva

Text: Delhi’s Urban Dilemma by Arunava Dasgupta

Link to 48°C

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