ARCHITECTURE, URBANISM & DESIGN

Kinetic City Emergent Urbanism in India

Emergent Urbanism in India

Rahul Mehrotra

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The increasing concentrations of global flows have exacerbated the inequalities and spatial divisions of social classes. In such a context, an architecture or urbanism of equality in an increasingly inequitable economic condition requires a deeper exploration – to find a wide range of places to mark and commemorate the cultures of those excluded from the spaces of global flows. These do not necessarily lie in the formal production of architecture; rather, they often challenge it. Here the idea of a city is an elastic urban condition—not a grand vision, but a “grand adjustment.”

 

Specifications

Size: 
9.05"x6.69" Portrait
Pages: 
167
Binding: 
Trade Cloth
Publication date: 
Fall 2014
ISBN: 
978-1-940743-04-2
Weight: 
1.95kg/4.3lb
Rights world: 
Available
Overview: 

The increasing concentrations of global flows have exacerbated the inequalities and spatial divisions of social classes. In such a context, an architecture or urbanism of equality in an increasingly inequitable economic condition requires a deeper exploration – to find a wide range of places to mark and commemorate the cultures of those excluded from the spaces of global flows. These do not necessarily lie in the formal production of architecture; rather, they often challenge it. Here the idea of a city is an elastic urban condition—not a grand vision, but a “grand adjustment.”

The Kinetic City presents a lens that enables us to better understand the blurred lines of contemporary urbanism and the changing roles of people and spaces in urban society.

 

About the author: 

Rahul Mehrotra is the principal of architecture firm RMA Architects (founded in 1990 as Rahul Mehrotra Associates) of Mumbai, India and Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) in Cambridge, Mass., USA. He has been one of the activists behind the declaration of urban precincts as conservation areas in Mumbai and one of the founder members of the Kala Ghoda area rejuvenation movement, the restoration of the Oval Maidan, and the formulation of several citizens' associations in the historic Fort District in Mumbai. He was also executive director of the Urban Design Research Institute (1994-2004), where he is now a trustee. The UDRI is also actively involved in researching and influencing policy for the historic district, and the city more generally.