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Future Sense


Published in shorter form in TimeOut Mumbai, 25 April 2013 A History of Future Cities by Daniel Brook (London: W.W. Norton & Company, 2013) This new book by American journalist and writer Daniel Brook is an essential addition to the bookshelves of anyone interested in how cities like Mumbai both aspire and attempt to fulfill [...]

Do Buildings Have Agency?


This book review appeared in slightly edited form as “Do Buildings Have Agency?” in Economic and Political Weekly (Mumbai), Vol XLVI No.30, 23 July 2011 Neera Adarkar, ed., The Chawls of Mumbai: Galleries of Life (Gurgaon: imprintOne, 2011) Can built forms have their own subjectivity? Architects, geographers and urban planners would surely answer this question [...]

Map Makers


A couple of weeks ago I had the good fortune to finally met Svati’s occassional house-mate, Anandaroop Roy, who makes his living as a cartographer and information designer living between Poughkeepsie and Brooklyn. Roop is a map-maker whose clients include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Asia Society and Yale University and who works mostly [...]

Frontier Dialectics


In the writing of nationalist histories of the United States, it is difficult to find a more succinct statement of space as an organising metaphor of nationhood than the “frontier thesis” of Frederick Jackson Turner. In his famous address of 1893 to the American Historical Association meeting during the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Turner [...]

The City as Extracurricular Space


Download “The City as Extracurricular Space: Re-Instituting Urban Pedagogy in South Asia” This journal article, ‘The City as Extracurricular Space: Re-Instituting Urban Pedagogy in South Asia’ (co-authored with Anirudh Paul and Prasad Shetty) was published in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, London), Vol.6, No.3, 2005, in a special issue on South Asia edited [...]

Les espaces de Mumbai à l’ère post-industrielle


Le rôle crucial qu’ont joué les grandes villes dans le passage de la production industrielle à grande échelle à la prestation de services (finance, information, etc.) est désormais bien établi. Comme bien des mégalopoles au Nord comme au Sud, Mumbai est secoué depuis une quinzaine d’années par des transformations dramatiques associées aux processus de la [...]

Mill’s as Public Spaces: Mumbai’s Industrial Heritage


In Mumbai, public awareness of urban arts and heritage has experienced a significant revival in the past ten years — in the same historical moment when manufacturing industries have closed and factories emptied throughout Greater Mumbai. Heritage discourse and conservation practice have only implicitly acknowledged this economic context. Since the Bombay Textile Strike of 1982–3, entire [...]