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India is in the throes of a dramatic process of accelerated urbanisation. By 2030, 40% of the country’s billion-plus population will probably live in cities. A key issue at stake in this emergent scenario, therefore, will be the delivery of adequate housing and infrastructure. India currently records an urban housing shortage of approximately 20 million units, of which 57% are designated for the economically disadvantaged sections and 40% for low-income groups.The conference attempts to bring together varied interests, perspectives and contexts that go into an understanding of the state of housing in India, which straddles a spectrum of stakeholders and actors including architects, urban designers, planners, local governance bodies, private real-estate developers, financial institutions and policy-makers.

Keynote lecture by Arjun Appadurai ‘Urban Housing and Rural Dwelling in India: The Roots of a Gap in Theory and Practice’.

Other speakers include Chris Herbert, Sheela Patel, Martha Chen, Aromar Revi, Jai Sen, Amitabh Kundu, Jagan Shah, Partha Mukhopadhyay, Vidyadhar Phatak, Bimal Patel, Snehanshu Mukherjee, Pratima Joshi, Gautam Bhan, Neera Adarkar, Kirtee Shah, A. Srivathsan, Solomon Benjamin, Pratibha Ruth Caleb , PSN Rao, Mohammad Tarique, Rohan Varma, Mukta Naik, Prasad Shetty, Natasha Iype, Rajesh Krishnan, Satyanarayana Vejella, Pranay Vakil, Mihir Bhatt and Kalpana Sharma.