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Urban Communication Reader IV

Cities as Communicative Change Agents


Edited By erin daina mcclellan, Yongjun Shin and Curry Chandler

Today, the world is facing climate change, wealth inequality, housing crises, food shortages, mass migration, and now a global health pandemic. Cities are at the heart of both these problems and their solutions. Urban communication scholars are well-poised to examine the change initiatives that are both caused and inspired by such complex problems. This volume provides a collection of urban communication research focused on how examining change through the lens of communication provides unique processual understandings of cities as dynamic sites formed through the interplay between concrete cases and conceptual ideas. The first section, Change through Institutional Intervention, addresses how diverse societal institutions—including policy, regulation, planning, and voluntary arts—interplay with changes in our urban communities. The second section, Change in Place and through Space, explores various ways in which spaces and places are able to transform through communicative practice, specifically focusing on how space and place provide unique frames for communicating change and influencing interaction in cities. The third section, Change through Participation and Engagement, collectively draws attention to the ways that public participation and engagement are utilized in cities in ways that enhance the communication both within and about them, focusing specifically on how this happens globally in teaching and learning environments, community planning partnerships, industrial site redevelopment projects, and approaches to food sovereignty in urban agricultural initiatives.
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5. From Margins to Mainstream: The Changing Street Art Scenario in Delhi: DEEPIKA JAUHARI, DARS, NEW DELHI, INDIA


5. From Margins to Mainstream: The Changing Street Art Scenario in Delhi



The chapter discusses how street art development is engaging the citizens and government agencies by conveying the message through it and fostering the future of street art concerning the upcoming urban (re)developments within the city of Delhi. Street art in urban areas is an effective visual communication medium and contributes to a sense of belonging, along with adding a unique character to the urban space. Street art that was earlier considered as an act of vandalism is now witnessed beyond the building facades and boundary walls, widely accepted and celebrated not only by the citizens but also by various government organizations, which are commissioning artists to work on the government buildings. These works of art not just aesthetical rejuvenate the urban space but also, in many cases, communicate the current urban, social, economic, political, environmental issues that plague the society and the city. Hence, I argue the intervention of the non-government organizations (NGOs) as “agents of change” in Delhi’s street art scenario.

Keywords: street art, vandalism, non-government organization, urban communication, visual communication, urban spaces, urban regeneration, public art master plan, Delhi, India

Art, in its various forms, instills different emotions, experiences, and expressions. It has brought about visible social change by being an essential part of the social movements over the years. In a way, art reflects culture and heritage. Through local...

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