The Vacant Revolution | hetanshu pandya

A Vacant anomaly in the tight knit fabric of authority, power and order - A vacant revolution


mill lands as stages for performance and base of operations

people of the city, Dispute!

take back the city, from the city!


Our Vacancy is in danger. The capitalist overlords, through their overt-and-covert mechanisms of enforcing power, authority and order are taking hold of our vacancy. Mill Lands are our repositories of history, landscape, industrial growth of the city, the base on which the city prospered. The phenomena of mill land vacancy favors no-one but exists, as by-products of economic disputes and as collateral for liabilities and debts that are still owned to the city and to the people it employed. 


The vacancy exists as long as the city and its agents are able to continuously ‘stage’ acts of conflict or ‘manufacture’ mechanisms of dispute. 


We must dispute, or our lands go back to the capitalist overlords. They openly declare their ends can be attained only by forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions of vacancies. We need to preserve disputes for our vacancies to be preserved. We need to leverage disputes to claim these lands for ourselves, for our city. If not rebelled against, our lands await ‘hostile’ trajectories.


We refuse to separate politics and values from architecture, as doing so we give-up our power, we give-in to the tendency for social, spatial life to be automatized and lose the opportunity for considering it more carefully. While the structures of authority and order have become a universal method of deciding the collective good for the city, the instruments of creating true social spaces are hidden in acts of people rebelling against the established structures of power. Mill Lands can become a base of operation for deploying such mechanisms of revolution.

The current processes of land acquisition and liquidation of these lands are inefficient and this has saved us. The disputes have been able to afford our vacancies. It has given the city places to breathe, places for our everyday activities, and even spaces to occupy when and where people have rebelled against the authority.  

Now is the time and opportunity for us to act, actions from collective power, not from the power of money and authority, but from people, from stakeholders of the site, from the stakeholders of the city, from us.

Disputes exist, so do(and are sustained as a product) vacancies. 

We are not the agents of preserving the dispute, rather we are opportunists who intervene in it. Dispute is an opportunity to act. Hostility is an opportunity to occupy.


I call for a Vacant Revolution. Just as Non-plan is a perversion of how things are generally done in architecture, the vacant revolution will be pervasive of enhancing or preserving the performances of dispute as a mechanism for the mill lands to remain vacant


Architecture has been produced, and will continue to do so, without the intervention of authority. Most radical forms of design emerge when people begin to represent themselves without mediators and masters. We need propositions based on the premise that the dispute can indefinitely be held onto, its notion(of sustaining the vacancies produced) extended upon, articulated into design and existence. Anarchitecture and to re-evaluate and speculate on this may perhaps be the point of departure and basis for a future shift in our perspectives.


Let the City tremble at a Vacant Revolution. We have nothing to lose but they have our Vacancies to win. 

People of the city, unite!


For what we have is our city(our vacancies), waiting to be taken back from the City (the authoritarian mechanism of omnipotence and power). 

People of the city, Occupy!