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Exhibition to help reclaim open spaces

mumbai Updated: Apr 13, 2012 01:29 IST
Pankti Mehta
Pankti Mehta
Hindustan Times
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Starting Saturday, the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, in association with Citispace, will present a walk-through showcase of the city’s reserved public open spaces in a photographic exhibition called ‘Breathing Space’.

This two-day exhibit will show before and after pictures of Mumbai, to show the difference in green cover and breathing space then and now. The aim of the exhibition is to sensitise citizens to the physical, mental and social impact open spaces can have and the importance of preserving them.

“We don’t want to present a terrible picture of the state of the city, nor a beautiful one,” says Neera Punj, convener, CitiSpace. “We will have qualified architects guide people through the exhibition to explain core issues to educate people about the present scenario and what needs to be done for the social, physical and mental health of citizens.”

“The racecourse is Mumbai’s green lung,” says Vivek Jain, chairman, Royal Western Turf Club. “An open space is so important in a concrete city like ours, and this exhibit is one way to drive this message to people. We want to show people that the racecourse is open for much more than horse races.”