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…

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…

Call for Papers: Utopian Urban Futures, 27-28 June, Leeds

Utopian Urban Futures: Histories, imaginations, possibilities Organising Committee: Ayona Datta (PI), William Gould, Rebecca Madgin and Anu Sabhlok. Venue: HEART, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN 27-28 June 2016. Please register for the conference here  “Utopia as a form is not the representation of radical alternatives; it is rather simply the imperative to imagine them.”…

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…

Welcome to Utopian Cities

This blog is a collaborative space in which to share ideas, post papers and observations, and distribute photos, videos and other media. We hope it will encourage a variety of persons and organisations to interact and engage with the Utopian Cities project. It will provide a forum for ongoing discussion that will identify future research…