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2013
MUMBAI STUDIO : SALAAM BOMBAY WORKSHOP

Workshop Dates: 9th September 2012, 22nd November 2012, 21st December 2012, 31st January 2013, 26th September 2013, 4th December 2013

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The Urban Design Research Institute and Salaam Bombay, a Mumbai based foundation that works with underprivileged children, collaborated in a series of workshops to draft a plan for raising awareness and participation of children in the ongoing development plan.

BOOK LAUNCH : CHARLES CORREA ARCHIVES AND BOOK LAUNCH OF THE CHAMPALIMAUD CENTRE FOR THE UNKNOWN & OTHER WORKS
CHARLES CORREA ARCHIVES AND BOOK LAUNCH OF THE CHAMPALIMAUD CENTRE FOR THE UNKNOWN & OTHER WORKS

Event Date: 18th October 2013

Book Launch at the hands of The Ambassador of Portugal Jorge Roza de Oliveira

Venue: Coomaraswamy Hall, Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai

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The event launched the book, The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown & other works by Charles Correa and the Charles Correa Archives, a digitized collection of the renowned architect’s work. This unique resource, located in the UDRI resource centre, consists of over 6000 sketch designs and drawings, along with photographs, essays and media reports, covering more than fifty years of architecture and planning.

MEETINGS : PLANNING FOR MUMBAI – UDRI DEVELOPMENT PLAN INITIATIVE 2014-2034
PLANNING FOR MUMBAI – UDRI DEVELOPMENT PLAN INITIATIVE 2014-2034

Event Date: 13th August 2013
Collaborators: Urban Design Research Institute with Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies
Venue: Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai
Panelists: Charles Correa, Cyrus Guzder, Dr. Ravi Ramkantan, Neera Adarkar, David Cardoz, Rakesh Kumar, Armida Fernandez, Amita Bhide, Nishit Kumar, Nayana Kathpalia, Shaheen Mistry, Mathew Spacie, John Kurien

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A joint studio held by the Urban Design Research Institute with the Masters Students of the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute culminated in a panel discussion organised at Max Mueller Bhavan. The main agenda of the discussion was to analyse the amenities and densities and the corresponding shortfalls. The gaps between the existing amenities and the provisioning that needs to take place in the future Develop­ment Plan are so phenomenal that no conventional planning/ design/management strategy will efficiently bridge them. The students presented their studies for parts of island city, Dharavi, parts of the western suburbs and Mira-Bhayender (a peri-urban area). The studies done by the students were very vast with factors ranging from population density, housing typologies, land uses, open spaces and natural features to educational, medical and social amenities. The panel discussion focused on health, education and environment aspects of Mumbai and Mumbai Metropolitan Region. This was followed by a presentation by Charles Correa on the facts and myths about the proportion of open spaces in the cities worldwide and in Mumbai.

MUMBAI STUDIO : A STUDY OF DENSITIES AND PUBLIC AMENITIES IN MUMBAI

Event Date: 1st August 2013
Collaborators: Urban Design Research Institute with Masters Studio of Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies
Attendees: Charles Correa, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi, Pankaj Joshi, Aneerudha Paul, David Cardoz, Rohan Shivkumar, Cyrus Guzder
Venue: Urban Design Research Institute

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The UDRI and KRVIA collaborated on a joint Masters Studio ‘A Study of Densities and Public Amenities in Mumbai’ to analyse the shortfalls emerging from the co-relation between existing amenity provisions and current densities in the city. The studio covered three urban localities and one peri-urban locality and aimed to inform the ongoing development plan with its findings. About 30 students presented their work in a seminar in August 2013 along with a comparative insight of other cities such as Paris, Shanghai, London and Tokyo.

BOOK LAUNCH : MUMBAI READER’13
MUMBAI READER’13

Event Date: 27th February 2013
Venue: Kitab Khana, Fort, Mumbai
Launched by Kalpana Sharma and Cyrus Guzder

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Since 2006, the UDRI has been publishing the ‘Mumbai Reader’, a collection of articles on Mumbai. The Reader undertakes a representation of the city that enables innumerable readings through a simultaneous and non-linear compilation of multiple voices. The contents of the reader include some of the most recent perspectives on culture, economy, geography and history of the city. Mumbai Reader has attempted to closely archive changes as well as provide a contemporary understanding of the city in order to be able to reflect both on the present and future of the city.

Competitions : CHARLES CORREA GOLD MEDAL FOR THE YEAR 2012
CHARLES CORREA GOLD MEDAL FOR THE YEAR 2012

Event Date: 17th February 2013
Jury: Charles Correa, Narendra Dengle, Kamu Iyer, Rahul Mehrotra, Kapil Gupta
Venue: Sir JJ College of Architecture

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In 2000, the Urban Design Research Institute initiated the annual Charles Correa Gold Medal for the best design dissertation from Schools of Architecture in Mumbai and selected schools outside the city. The medal is an appreciation of quality and talent among young students of architecture, and encourages a focus on the urban context.
Schools who want to take part should express interest by writing to UDRI. Schools should offer full time B.Arch. courses for Architecture and must be approved by the Council of Architecture. Each school can nominate only one entry, which is required to be an architectural project set in an urban context.

LECTURE : SHARADA DWIVEDI MEMORIAL LECTURE
SHARADA DWIVEDI MEMORIAL LECTURE

Event Date: 14th February 2013
Speaker: Charles Allen – Historian, Author, Broadcaster & Traveller
Venue: CSMVS Museum Lawns

Sharada Dwivedi came to be known as the Biographer of Bombay in the words of Charles Correa. A librarian by background, she came into prominence with her many publications on the city including Bombay: The Cities Within (1995), Fort Walks: Around Bombay’s Fort Area (1999) and Anchoring a City Line: the History of the Western Suburban Railway and its Headquarters in Bombay (2000). She was also a trustee of the Urban Design Research Institute. With her passing away in 2012, the UDRI decided to host a memorial lecture every year as a tribute to her achievements.

LECTURE : SANDHYA SAVANT MEMORIAL LECTURE
SANDHYA SAVANT MEMORIAL LECTURE

PERFORMANCE OF HERITAGE MONUMENTS IN EARTHQUAKES: CASE OF INDIAN SUB CONTINENT

Event Date: 6th February 2013
Speaker: Alpa Sheth
Venue: Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai

Sandhya Savant was a Conservation Architect and alum of Sir JJ College of Architecture, who made a tremendous contribution in the realm of conservation practice in the city of Mumbai before passing away suddenly in 2006. Since then, supported by her family, UDRI conducts an annual memorial lecture to deliberate on urban issues.

This lecture discussed the three earthquakes of Sikkim (2011), Kashmir (2005) and Bhuj (2001) in order to recommend a policy approach identifying the key issues to be addressed to make such communities less vulnerable in disasters and make a compelling case for building resilient infrastructure on part of the state and capacity building of the local community for disaster mitigation.