The Atlas of Infrastructural nomadology

(This is an extensive research project we are currently developing, centred around the systemic quality of nomadic infrastructures and aiming at the construction of a loose science by agency of vibrant cartographic and drawing methodologies, in order to position it as an advocacy tool and a catalyst for future avenues of design. The first stage of the research consists of a large-scale collection of numerous case studies and sites of interest)


We are searching for architects or urban designers based in specific Indian cities, who are interested in processes of documentation and mapping of movable urban structures. The engagement as a research collaborator will entail attending workshops for the development of specific skills, site visits, surveying of structures and contexts, joining the team for sparse meetings of collective discussions, and submitting drawings and 3D models within specific formats and conditions.


Although prospective applicants will need to reside in one of the expected cities (listed below), all activities will be carried out online and collaborators have the freedom to manage their time independently, as long as submission dates and pre-given requirements are strictly followed. An engagement that can be comfortably spanned across approximately four months (February to May 2022) in order to study the topic, learn new things, map interesting urban realities, and draw an accorded number of street devices.


The program, in that manner, departs from a series of lectures on infrastructural studies, nomadology, mapping and retroactive scores, contingent documentation, and other tutorials. Further on, research collaborators will survey and draw their case studies under CCA’s tutelage and once all requirements of submission are met, a remuneration of ₹2,500 per case study will be granted as well as authorship credit in the final outcome of the research.   


  1. You are welcome to apply if you are currently residing in one of the following cities: MUMBAI, BANGALORE, CHENNAI, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, DELHI, HYDERABAD, INDORE, BHUBANESWAR, or IMPHAL
  2. 0-2 years of experience as a graduate architect or urban designer. However, outstanding students might apply under the absolute assurance that the due time investment can be insured.
  3. Sufficient knowledge of basic software (AutoCAD, Sketch-Up, Adobe Illustrator, etc.).
  4. A keen interest in the spatial dynamics of Indian urbanity and gravitating topics as informality, street vending, jugaad, constructive frugality, architecture and movement, mapping, etc.


The application process is divided into two stages.
STAGE 01 > Online Application 
Interested applicants to fill out the set form with an outline of intent (any medium, or a total of 450 words maximum), CV (1MB), and a Portfolio (10MB).
STAGE 02 > Interview
Shortlisted applicants will meet with the CCA team for further acquaintance with their intent and fix on terms.
After admittance to the program, a contract will be signed by both parties in order to formalize all responsibilities and proceed in very specific terms.

The last day for submitting the application form is JANUARY 31st 2022 (for applicants from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore). For those applying from KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, HYDERABAD, INDORE, BHUBANESWAR, or IMPHAL the application date has been extended to FEBRUARY 7th 2022. Prospective applicants will be contacted in February to schedule interviews; the exact date will be contingent on the number of applicants. 


>Would you be expanding the list of cities?

Although the list of cities is withdrawn from extensive research and a specific agenda in terms of the presence and relevance of these infrastructural systems, the list in itself is also contingent to the research collaborators interested in participating. In that manner, the list can change by expanding to include new cities, or narrowing down into a particular set. If you are not based in none of the cited cities but are still interested, do contact us and we will take your case into consideration.


>How much time we would spend every week?

Although the engagement entails an autonomous process of time management, the research collaborators are expected to attend meetings over the weekends (most likely on Saturday evenings) and have the flexibility to work over weekends for site visits and drawing processes. Applicants may already be engaged in a full-time job if they feel they can handle this addition to their workload.


>Will the research be done remotely?

Yes, the entirety of the project will be done online. However, site visits on your particular city are a fundamental requirement.


>I’m from Delhi NCR but will not be going home for at least 7 months. Am I still eligible?

You are eligible if you are in one of the given cities (including Delhi) between February and May 2022.


>Are students eligible?

Outstanding students might apply under the absolute assurance that the due time investment can be insured and all responsibilities can be met.


>Can I visit any of the mentioned cities for the specified 4 months or do I have to be based there?

You don’t have to be based in the named cities, we only care you are there throughout the period of the research for site visits and the drawing process (in case additional checking is required, further specific research, etc.).


>Can urban planners, human-centred designers, ethnographers, and other professionals apply?

Anyone can apply, as long as the given requirements are met. Is important to note that the processes of survey, mapping, drawing, and so on, are more commonly used in the domains of architecture and urban design; hence we prioritized them in the open call. However, if you are from another profession and feel that you have the required skills, interests, and (hopefully the) experience, your explication will not be rejected since we will evaluate what have you done and how you respond to our questions and requirements.


>If I’m occupied with a full-time job and can only visit on Sundays, will I be able to apply?

Yes, this programme is designed so that young designers can pursue their interest in these infrastructural systems, while being employed or studying. Collaborators have the agency of deciding and managing their time in whatever way they see fit as long as they attend meetings and strictly follow deadlines.


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