Contributor: Ishita Chatterjee

Ishita Chatterjee is an architect who has worked on projects in India and China before shifting to academia. Currently she is pursuing her PhD at University of Melbourne. She is interested in understanding informality as a form of practice.

Informal Settlements: Never Just a ‘Slum’

Ishita Chatterjee is an architect who researches informal settlements. We call them 'slums' and think we know them. But what are they, really? And, most importantly, what  are the lessons we can learn from them? In these notes from her fieldwork in India, Ishita explains how an informal settlement is made.

Life in a Glass House: Social Media and the Architecture of Looking

In an era in which digital technologies are transforming social interactions, Ishita Chatterjee draws parallels between the habitual unveiling of our daily life via the virtual realm and the revealing qualities of the architectural 'glass house', in this week's reflection on privacy in an ever-more public realm.