A ‘Smart Vizag’ for whom?, by Debapriya Ganguly*

This post is a shortened version of the paper presented by Debapriya Ganguly at our Utopian Urban Futures conference on 27-28 June 2016. [The facts and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and have not been verified or endorsed by the project team in any way] Transitions in politics and economy see…

How the Senedd Imagines Welshness, by Taylor Sawyer*

  This post is a shortened version of the paper presented by Taylor Sawyer at our Utopian Urban Futures conference on 27-28 June 2016. [The facts and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and have not been verified or endorsed by the project team in any way] In March 2016 the…

Utopian Urban Futures Conference Report

By Rebecca Madgin The final conference in our Utopian Urban Futures project was held in Leeds from 27-28 June 2016. The conference was held at the Headingly Arts and Enterprise Centre (HEART) and was well attended by academics from a number of different countries including the UK, America and India. Over the two days, four…

Smart City Nashik Part 2, by Mr Gurmeet Bagga, Deputy Mayor Nashik

This is the transcript of the talk delivered by Mr. Gurmeet Bagga (Deputy Mayor, Nashik) on 29 June 2016 in the Nashik city Workshop PLEASE NOTE: [The facts and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and have not been verified or endorsed by the project team in any way] Mr Praveen…

Learning from Nashik – Workshop Report

The fourth and final workshop in our city workshop series was held in Nashik, Maharashtra from 30-31 May 2016. The workshop was organised by a local NGO – Moolbhoot Hakka Andolan (MHA) with the support of Shilpa Dahake (PhD student in IISER, Mohali). The workshop was organised under several themes relevant to Nashik – Smart…

Learning from Navi Mumbai – Workshop Report

by Ayona Datta The third workshop in our series was on Navi Mumbai’s urban future. This workshop was held from 27-28 May 2016 and was locally organised by Dr Ratoola Kundu, from the School of Habitat Studies in Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Through the two days of workshop, we brought together a…

Navi Mumbai- A Smart City? by Netra Shirke*

[The facts and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and have not been verified or endorsed by the project team in any way] Navi Mumbai was a planned city. It was conceptualised and built by the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) from 1970-1995. It was handed over to the Navi…

The 100 Shades of Smart Cities, by Mathew Idiculla

[The facts and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and have not been verified or endorsed by the project team in any way] An examination of the multiple smart cities in Mumbai demonstrate that the term “smart city” has become a trope for promoting a variety of modernist urban development initiatives….

Navi Mumbai Revisited, by Annapurna Shaw

[The facts and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and have not been verified or endorsed by the project team in any way] For more than a decade starting from 1988 till 2002, I had the opportunity to be closely connected via family to the then fledgling city of Navi Mumbai….

‘Shopping Malls’: The New Icons of Chandigarh, by Shilpa Dahake

[The facts and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and have not been verified or endorsed by the project team in any way] Chandigarh rises. Free from the deep gray depth of orthogonal, solidity cast in concrete. And yet its shadows chase her as they question her need to change. Who…

Sexuality and the City, by Preetika Sharma and Dhananjay Chauhan

[The facts and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and have not been verified or endorsed by the project team in any way] Last year, the BBC announced Chandigarh as ‘the perfect city in the world’. It stood out in comparison with cities like Amarna of 1346BC, Palmanova in Italy, Milton…

Learning from Varanasi – Workshop Report

by William Gould  Introduction to the project The Utopian Cities project was introduced by Drs Ayona Datta and Anu Sabhlok by firstly explaining the overall rationale for the project as a whole and secondly by looking at what would come up for the second workshop in Chandigarh.  Utopian Cities involves the setting up of four…

Learning from Chandigarh – Workshop Report

by Anu Sabhlok The workshop in Chandigarh brought together multiple stakeholders in the city. It was planned to foster conversation between academics, bureaucrats, NGOs and activists on the contested histories and imagined futures for Chandigarh. In that sense, the discussion revealed the connections between the past, present and futures – the spatial and temporal linkages…

City Ecology: An Architect’s Perspective, by Jitesh Malik

[The facts and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and have not been verified or endorsed by the project team in any way] Chandigarh in its plan has left ‘wide open spaces’ for socio-cultural and ecological processes to flourish at many levels, both in its physical spaces and in the intentions…

Navi Mumbai Workshop

UTOPIAN PLANS, PLANNING AND GOVERNANCE Indian cities are at the centre of intense debates and discussions on the pathways of trajectories of urbanisation. Competing utopian visions clash with each other to exert their influence on how to imagine, shape and therefore develop cities. Often, these imaginations or visions of a utopian city are top down…