A little about me, list of my top work and more…

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Hello everyone! Thank you for following me and reading my articles. I’m writing this post so that my readers can learn about me and find links to my popular posts. I recently reached 1K followers on Medium and I’m very grateful that my articles have been useful to so many people!

My name is Thejas — that’s The-jas with a J (like jess) not with a H. I have a master’s in City Planning from Otago University in New Zealand and an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University…


I contacted Anthony Townsend, a leading technology and smart city expert, about his book Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for a New Utopia. Here, he gives a brief over about his book and the concept of smart cities, how they can be improved and why they are useful for the future. This interview was conducted in 2014.

Thejas Jagannath: Why did you write the book?

Anthony Townsend: My goal in writing the book was to describe, in plain terms, the effort by many different stakeholders to leverage digital technologies to address urban problems. There are a…


Source: Robin Brailsford

When I first saw images of Robin Brailsford’s public artworks, on social media, I was drawn and captivated. Creativity is at the essence of her art works. Her art is fascinating and interactive at the same time. Although it takes a long process for the art to be made and commissioned, it feels like the response and engagement from the public via the interactive nature of her artworks, makes it all the more worth it! …


Nicolas Whybrow on Lefebvre, public art, research and more

I INTERVIEWED NICOLAS WHYBROW, the author of Art and the City. He is an academic who is interested in the intricacies and theories relating to public art. Although, a specialist in theatre studies, Nicolas looks at details relating to art in the public space. His book is very intriguing and a must read for any public art enthusiast. This interview will give you a snapshot of what to expect in the book and some of the important themes it covers.

Thejas Jagannath

What was the impetus behind writing Art and the City?

Nicolas Whybrow

In general terms the impetus was provided by a desire…


Jeppe Hein, Appearing Rooms, 2004 Courtesy: KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin, London, Tokyo, 303 GALLERY, New York, and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

Jeppe Hein has produced many experiential artworks. He bases his artworks on interactive and community oriented features. Hein is a famous artist based in Berlin and Copenhagen, who has produced artworks that have been showcased around the world. For instance, appearing rooms which is a water fountain at The South Bank Centre, London has become very successful and popular among residents. He also experiments with mirror and minimalist/conceptual art forms which gives people a reason to connect and draw meaning from his art. Hein has also contributed a lot to public art as his artworks are usually featured in public…


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I have got a few requests from people who are not sure where to start with understanding public spaces. This article is for beginners studying geography or urban planning degrees. It is also for anyone who wants to know more about public spaces. It is likely that if you are studying geography, you will come across public spaces as a sub-topic. Sometimes it is also included in civil engineering, sociology, psychology and other such academic subjects.

If you want to know where to start with public spaces, start with these tips:

1. Be familiar with terminologies: If you want to know more about public spaces, then you should learn about concepts such as the public…


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Many people quit their degrees and do not complete them. But it must be understood that getting a degree is still a privilege. In India, only around 5% of the population has a degree and less than that go abroad to pursue education. However, for many people, education is still necessary to get a suitable job and to earn sufficient and comfortable salaries.

Some people even go the extra mile of taking a loan for their degrees and pay it back once they get a job. Taking a loan for education is common in the USA and UK because of…


Sincerely Media, UNSPLASH

Even after a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, some countries still have cases of the pandemic and new ones emerging. Travel has been restricted in many places, especially throughout Asia. UK is battling with the 3rd COVID-19 wave and many other countries are still worried. The future remains uncertain.

During these times, the best we can do is take care of ourselves and keep ourselves safe.

Here are 5 tips to keep ourselves safe during the pandemic:

  1. Try to be productive inside your home: Whether it is cooking, taking care of your child, or working from home, the best option…


POETRY

A contemplative poem

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I look at the past with wonder,

I see beauty and abundance.

There has been stress, strain, and hardship

but all that has deep meaning, contemplation, realization, and growth.

Realization that I’m worthy, realization that I matter, realization that I am alive

that I was born with reason and to create change; to touch lives.

I am happy with the way things are.

I might not have the best job or the best body,

but I’m happy with my body. I’m happy with what I’m doing.

Finding myself and being whole, that is the key to happiness.

Not being someone…


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Finding the right job for yourself can be tricky. To know which job or qualification is right for you when there are so many options out there, can get confusing. I have been through this period in my life when I was so confused about which path was right for me. I have so many skills which could be useful out there. It also depends on the kind of salary the job or qualification offers, long-term benefits, and what feels right for each one of us.

Here are 5 tips on how to find which career is right for you:

Try to understand your skills:

Are you good at reading? Are you good at writing? Are you good at…

Thejas Jagannath

I am a public art and public space enthusiast. I also write about life tips and human nature. I have completed a Masters in NZ. I like cities, books and coffee!

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