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Urbanization Seminar Series

START
Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 05:30pm

END
Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Anirban Adhya, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Lawrence Tech College of Architecture and Design

Chair: Rahul MehrotraProfessor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
For the City of Kolkata and Bengalis, Durga Pujo is a festival of its own. The festival is rooted in a social-cultural phenomenon that transcends religious dogma and that harbors communal harmony. Residents of Kolkata—irrespective of class, creed, and religion—come out and celebrate in the streets of the city responding to humanistic call of this festival. For the few days of the festival, the city becomes the site of transformative exploration of artistic thinking, design imagination, creative problem solving, and expression of vernacular craftsmanship. What are the forces behind this transformation? Where are the roots of such an evocation of community spirit? Who are the important participants in this process and what is the nature of this evolving process?

Urbanization Seminar Series

START
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Deruralization: The Modernist City in the Age of Globalization

Vikramāditya PrakāshProfessor of Architecture; Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture, Adjunct Professor of Urban Design and Planning; Director, Chandigarh Urban Lab, University of Washington

Chair: Rahul MehrotraProfessor of Urban Planning and Design and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design


Urbanization Seminar Series

START
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Decoding Dhaka

Farooq Ameen, Principal, City Design Studio

Chair: Rahul MehrotraProfessor of Urban Planning and Design and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

The city of Dhaka is one of the largest, most dense urban masses in the world.  Its population is projected to reach 20 million by 2015, and its land is projected to be mainly under water by 2050.  Its location on a delta with pockets of land enclosed in pockets of water has led to great urbanization challenges – Dhaka’s city planners must wrestle with where and how to build residential and industrial structures responsibly to meet the needs of this precarious urban situation.

Farooq Ameen of City Design Studio in Los Angeles shared some of the current interventions that are  underway to deal with mobility among the disjointed sectors of the city, to integrate natural elements into building projects, and finally, to protect the heritage sites of old Dhaka that are quickly being encroached upon.  He also spoke about the difficult administrative and political hurdles to initiating further urban improvements in Dhaka.

Professors and students inquired as to whether any similar interventions have been made in the areas of public health, sanitation and climate change, and whether or not wealthy inhabitants of the city felt any particular stake in these issues when it comes to helping direct resources.  Farooq remarked that some NGOs have been involved in these efforts, and that climate change is starting to enter the public discourse, but very slowly.  Sahjabin Kabir, Architect in Bangladesh and current GSD student, remarked that there is no public awareness about these issues among anyone in the city – rich or poor.  Awareness must be raised so that the government can be held accountable for the decisions it makes.

Written by Deonnie Moodie, PhD Candidate at GSAS

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Student Seminar: Mumbai Port Project

START
Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

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

Co-Discussants:
Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Nicolas P. Retsinas, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School; Lecturer in Housing, Harvard Graduate School of Design


South Asia: The World’s Laboratory

South Asia: The World’s Laboratory

A special SAI event in New York City. Inquire for details:sainit@fas.harvard.edu

Home to nearly a sixth of humanity, the birthplace of many of the world’s great religions and philosophies, and now a hotbed for innovation and technological change, South Asia is truly the world’s laboratory, a space where we can experiment with the world’s most urgent challenges. Join leading academics from Harvard University in a discussion of the timely appeal of South Asia to the humanities—at the intersection of religion and civil society, ancient arts and cutting edge technologies. Our guest speakers will challenge you – Is Pakistan really Islamic? The Taj Mahal: What’s the Attraction? – and share with you the latest research and inquiry on South Asia from Harvard.



Quarter Number 4/11 – Film Event

START
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 05:30pm

END
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 08:00pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

RESCHEDULED: NEW DATE & TIME

 

Ranu Ghosh, Documentary Director and Screenplay Writer

Jaya Bhagat, Edward S. Mason Fellow 2013, Harvard Kennedy School

Ajantha Subramanian, Professor, Social Anthropology Program, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

Quarter Number 4/11 is a ground zero perspective of urban real estate development, as witnessed by director/cinematographer Ranu Ghosh and narrated through the plight of an ex-factory worker Shambhu Prasad Singh, a victim of this development in Calcutta’s South City, a residential complex-cum-shopping mall-cum-school for the wealthy. It is about one man’s lone, long, losing fight to hold on to his ground where he was born, grew up and earned his living. It is the narrative of a man who is being forced to evacuate his ground to make space for ‘development’

Reception prior to Film Screening at 5:30 PM, Film begins at 6:00 PM


Global Health and Urbanization Seminar Series

START
Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 05:00pm

END
Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

MAPPING MUMBAI’S TOILETS

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

James Potter, Master’s Candidate, Harvard School of Public Health

Jennifer Weaver, Master’s Candidate, Harvard School of Public Health

Chair: Richard Cash, Senior Lecturer on Global Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

This seminar examines the intersection between urban design and public health, and examines two approaches to improving public health and hygiene around toilet use in Mumbai slums.

Read more about the event here!

 


Urbanization Seminar Series

START
Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 06:30pm

END
Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 08:00pm

Are Indian Cities ‘Global’? Assessing Recent Research on State, Space and Citizenship

Gavin ShatkinAssociate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning University of Michigan
Chair: Rahul MehrotraProfessor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Design

View the seminar on the GSD website, here.


Urbanization Seminar Series

START
Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 06:30pm

END
Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 08:00pm

Changes of State: Urbanism along the Ganges River Corridor of Northern India

Anthony Acciavatti, Partner, Somatic Collaborative; Fellow, Center for Architecture, Urbanism, and Infrastructure, Princeton University

Moderated by Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Planning and Design and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, GSD

Co-sponsored by SAI and the GSD

Changes of State: Urbanism along the Ganges River Corridor of Northern India from South Asia Initiative on Vimeo.


Urbanization Seminar Series

START
Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 06:30pm

END
Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 08:00pm

The Mughal Touch on the Indian Landscape

Ebba Koch, Professor of Asian Art, University of Vienna
Moderated by Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Planning and Design and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, GSD

Co-sponsored by SAI, the GSD, and the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture

3/8/11 the Mughal Touch on the Indian Landscape from South Asia Initiative on Vimeo.


Urbanization Seminar Series

START
Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 06:30pm

END
Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 07:00pm

 

‘Dharavi, Slum for Sale’-Film Screening, and Panel Discussion on ‘Mumbai-The Future of the Informal City’

Bryan Bell, Founder and Executive Director, DesignCorps
Liza Weinstein, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University

Moderated by Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Planning and Design and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, GSD

Co-sponsored by SAI and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD)


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