Flaneurbanite - I came up with the word in 2009, when I first started the Urban Legends blog*.
The French term ‘Flâneur‘ refers to the ‘wanderer’, the ‘stroller’ in the City – the observer and the voyeur – one who “walks the City in order to experience it” (Charles Baudelaire). The Flaneurbanite documents the city’s stories by this modern day act of flânerie – walking the City and telling the stories – the many legends, big and small, told and untold, hidden under its many layers.
The Flaneurbanite is me, living and breathing cities and places, reading them and documenting them through my work and travels, and telling their stories through my writing and photography.
Iam Shilpa Bhatnagar, professional urbanist, curious photographer, insatiable traveller, opinionated writer and inveterate aesthete. I am also the founder of Ideado Consulting, a niche consultancy practice specialising in placemaking, place branding and special destination development.
I am deeply interested in Cities, Architecture, Design, Art, Placemaking, Photography, Writing, Books, History, Feminism and Travel, and this website brings them all together in one place.
All the views and opinions on this site were mine at the time of writing. They probably still are.
On This Website…
… you will find my thoughts – mostly written, sometimes visual – on:
Urbanism: A curation of interesting developments and news, and the occasional opinion about the world of Urbanism that I inhabit professionally – urban planning, architecture, place-making, development, cities, and sustainability.
PhotoStories: This is the same old flaneurbanite*, which was the germ of this much larger blog. If you followed it in its earlier avatar, you know what I’m talking about; if not – this is my photoblog on cities and places that I love – showcasing my love of flanerie and exploration, expressed through my camera.
Design: A scrapbook of everything that I think is functional eye-candy – handsome interiors, decor, products, shops etc.
Everything Else: Home to, quite literally, everything else that I have an opinion or an idea about (and I tend to have many). This could involve anecdotes, humour, a bit of fiction, and the occasional rant.
And ongoing Portfolios of my writing and photography – published, exhibited or otherwise.
*The old Urban Legends blog redirects to this website now. If you were a follower back then, you will still find all that content in the archives here. Some of you might also have “known” me from my earlier blog My Anecdotal Archives (2005-2009) – not all that content can be found here, but if you are interested in any of it, please contact me.
Just a polite reminder that all content on this website, visual and text, is my copyright (unless otherwise specified) and cannot be used anywhere else, for any purpose whatsoever, without my explicit, written permission. I am usually enthusiastic about contributing and collaborating, so please, just ask.
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