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Extreme Urbanism: A View on Afghanistan, Session 1

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Sat, Sep 12, 2020 at 10:30am

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Sat, Sep 12, 2020 at 11:45am

VENUE
Webinar

Session 1: Planning for Urban Afghanistan

This event belongs to a 3-part series. Information on the remaining two events in this series is soon to come.

Join via Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/92465196034
Join via YouTube: https://youtu.be/HyDPSfZyGQQ

Until recently, Afghanistan was omnipresent in global news for the past two decades for all of the wrong reasons. As part of the Option studio, Extreme Urbanism VII: Imagining an Urban Future for Ishkashim, offered at the Harvard GSD in the fall of 2020, this workshop/lecture series aims to propose to interested audiences the opportunity to get an updated, informed view on the country.

Addressing primarily architectural, urban, and territorial aspects of Afghanistan, this cycle of talks aims to create a platform where varied topics ranging from vernacular architecture and building traditions to infrastructure and cultural specificities are discussed in conjunction with issues related to historic settlements and contemporary planning in Afghanistan. The speakers will include academics from Harvard University and Kabul University, in addition to global experts, and practitioners working in or on Afghanistan.

Chair
  • Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Speakers
  • Onno Rühl, General Manager, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat
  • Dennis Pieprz, Principal, Sasaki Research
  • Victor Eskinazi, Senior Associate, Urban Designer, Sasaki Research
  • Alykhan Mohamed, Associate, Planner, Sasaki Research
  • Thomas Nideorest, Professional Staff, Landscape Designer, Sasaki Research
  • Einat Rosenkrantz, Senior Associate, Urban Designer, Sasaki Research

This series is organized by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat.


Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations Along Urban Corridors in India

START
Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Economic corridors — ambitious infrastructural development projects throughout Asia and Africa — are dramatically redefining the shape of urbanization. As these corridors cut across croplands, the conversion of agricultural lands into new urban uses has erupted in volatile land conflicts. This talk will focus on urbanization along the first economic corridor built in India, the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

Speakers:
Sai Balakrishnan, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Bish Sanyal, Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning, Director of the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies/Humphrey Fellows Program, MIT
Patrick Heller, Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Susan Fainstein, Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow in Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Moderator:
Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design


Tools for Urban Conservation in Lucknow: Advocacy, Politics, and Civic Engagement

START
Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Urban conservation is often a pressing challenge in historic Indian cities experiencing the pressures of development. Many cities, often lacking any viable local-level policy and enforcement, have resorted to alternative tools, often citizen-led, to accomplish the goal of conservation. This seminar will explore the tools of advocacy, politics, and civic engagement through recent examples from the city of Lucknow in northern India.


Who Should Own Road Safety? Tackling a Hidden Pandemic

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Thu, May 30, 2019 at 06:00pm

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Thu, May 30, 2019 at 08:00pm

VENUE
India International Centre

ADDRESS
India International Centre
#40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate
Delhi, India

In the past decade, over 1.3 million people have been killed in road crashes in India. Ten times more have been left seriously injured or permanently disabled. The issue has emerged as the single biggest killer of young people in India (15-45 age group). Given the multiplicity of agencies and overlapping responsibilities, where should the accountability lie and who should own the issue to resolve it? Are there learnings from dealing with other epidemics that can be applied to road crashes?

This and more in our next India Seminar Series event with Piyush Tewari, Founder and CEO of SaveLIFE Foundation, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and Former Mason Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Priyank Narayan, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Ashoka University will moderate the discussion.

The lecture will begin at 6.30 pm (High tea will be served at 6.00 pm).


Production of City Space in India: Class, Caste, and Grayness

START
Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Sripad Motiram, Associate Professor of Economics and Affiliated Faculty, Asian Studies Department, University of Massachusetts Boston

Vamsi Vakulabharanam, Co-Director, Asian Political Economy Program (Political Economy Research Institute) and Associate Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sripad Motiram and Vamsi Vakulabharanam will discuss how space is structured in two Indian cities, Hyderabad and Mumbai, along the axes of class and caste. By grouping individuals into classes, castes, and spatial units, they will show that these factors are all independently important in making sense of inequality. Together, they document high (relative to US cities) spatial co-existence — which they call “Grayness” — of groups, and will demonstrate its positive role in achieving development outcomes, arguing that the neoliberal restructuring of cities is eroding it.


Sri Lankan Narrations and Building Schemes by Minnette de Silva

START
Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

In her building and writing, architect Minnette de Silva sought to recreate a “felicitous community spirit” across social and cultural differences, as stated in her memoir — a text on the significant multi-family housing project her office undertook. In this event, Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Assistant Professor of the Department of Architecture at Columbia University, will perform a critical examination of de Silva’s work. Siddiqi will discuss the claims de Silva sought to incorporate into modern architecture for Ceylon, and her labors as a cultural narrator imagining a heritage at the end of a half-century career.

Colossus: Delhi in Theory

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Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 06:00pm

END
Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

India’s National Capital Region now includes parts of four states and about 30 million people. It is in the vanguard of global urban change of a particular type—the rise of the colossal metropolis. What do we know and can say about its spatial structure (and change) and social structure (and change)? How well does existing “urban theory” prepare us for Delhi? To what extent does Delhi prepare us for a new “urban theory”? How much of it is global, how much Indian, and how much just Delhi itself?




Understanding India’s New Approach to Spatial Planning and Development

START
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 06:00pm

END
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

A South Asia Institute Urbanization Seminar Series:

“Understanding India’s New Approach to Spatial Planning and Development”

Sanjeev Vidyarthi
Author; Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Policy, The University of Illinois at Chicago

Moderated by
Rahul Mehrotra
Professor of Urban Planning and Design and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning
and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design


Pipe Politics: Mumbai’s Contested Waters 

START
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 06:30pm

END
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 08:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Urbanization Seminar

Lisa BjorkmanAssistant Professor of Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville

Chair: Sai BalakrishnanAssistant Professor in Urban Planning, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

In the Indian city of Mumbai, two dazzling decades of urban development and roaring economic growth have presided over the steady deterioration – and sometimes spectacular breakdown – of the city’s water infrastructures. Water troubles plague not only the more-than 60% of city residents now reported to live in ‘slums,’ but city elites as well have seen their taps grow increasingly erratic and prone to drying up. The everyday risks of water shortage that infuse the city’s water infrastructures– risks that flow across class lines – are managed and mitigated through the forging and maintenance of elaborate knowledge-exchange networks. Getting water to come out of Mumbai’s pipes is an activity that requires continuous attention to and intimate knowledge of a complex and dynamic social and political hydraulic landscape. Ethnographic attention reveals how water is made to flow by means of intimate forms of knowledge and ongoing intervention in the city’s complex and dynamic social, political, and hydraulic landscape. The everyday work of getting water animates and inhabits a penumbra of infrastructural activity – of business, brokerage, secondary markets and socio-political networks – whose workings are transforming lives as well as reconfiguring and rescaling political authority in the city. Mumbai’s illegible and volatile hydrologies are lending infrastructures increasing political salience just as actual control over pipes and flows becomes contingent upon dispersed and intimate assemblages of knowledge, power, and material authority.


Urbanization in South Asia: Conversations from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

START
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 06:30pm

END
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 08:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Urbanization Seminar

Dr. A Ravindra, Chairman, Institute for Social & Economic Change, Bangalore

Adnan Morshed, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning, the Catholic University of America 

Mubbashir RizviAssistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Georgetown University

Chair: Sai BalakrishnanAssistant Professor in Urban Planning, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

This panel brings together three urban scholars and practitioners from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and it deals with the contemporary challenges facing rapid urbanization in South Asia. This panel presents a unique opportunity to have a cross-cutting conversation across South Asian countries to both situate their planning experiences in their specific contexts, but to also ask if there are any commonalities about the South Asian urban experience. It is also a chance to learn about design and planning practices from across neighboring boundaries.

 


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