3x4: Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities

Paul Sermon, Claire McAndrew, Swati Janu, Vivek Muthuramalingam

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBNpeer-review


In megacities such as Delhi and Mumbai - and within one of the fastest growing cities within the world, Ahmedabad - more than 50% of the population live in informal urban settlements. 3x4 metres is the plot size seen to be provided in some resettlement colonies, a government initiative which relocates people within informal inner-city settlements to vacant land on the periphery. In a collaboration between Professor Paul Sermon at the University of Brighton, Dr Claire McAndrew at The Bartlett, UCL, Swati Janu a Delhi-based Architect and photographer Vivek Muthuramalingam from Bangalore, 3x4 looks at informal settlements differently where informality is not viewed as a problem, but a promising new model of urbanism for the global south. 3x4 uses an immersive telematic networked environment to provide a playful, sensorial exploration of new hybrids of digital space. Merging two 3x4 metre room installations in Delhi and London through mixed-reality, this transnational dialogue intends to set an aspiration for developing metaspace platforms in megacities of the global south. It builds upon practice-based research conducted as UnBox LABS 2014 Fellows in Ahmedabad, India; which used an immersive installation to explore the qualities and values built through self- organised communities that are lost in the resettlement process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art
Place of PublicationVancouver
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)9781910172001
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2015
EventProceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art - Simon Fraser University, Woodwards, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver, Canada, 14-19 Aug 2015
Duration: 14 Aug 2015 → …

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Electronic Art


ConferenceProceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art
Period14/08/15 → …

Bibliographical note

© New Forms Art Press, artists and writers


Dive into the research topics of '3x4: Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this