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2016
LECTURE : SEA CONVERSATIONS – Archaeological Histories of Urbanisation
SEA CONVERSATIONS – Archaeological Histories of Urbanisation

Event Date: 21st October, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Arvind Jamkhedkar
Venue: School of Environment & Architecture, Borivali, Mumbai.

Supported by UDRI and Bombay City Policy Research Foundation

Dr. Arvind P. Jamkhedkar is an archaeologist, indologist and art historian, and has been associated with several prestigious institutions. He was former Director of Maharashtra State Archaeology and Museums. Dr. Jamkhedkar is the current President of the Deccan College Post-Graduate Research Institute, Pune. He is the Vice President of the Asiatic Society in Mumbai.

LECTURE : SEA CONVERSATIONS – WHAT ARE WE REALLY CARING FOR?
SEA CONVERSATIONS – WHAT ARE WE REALLY CARING FOR?

Event Date: 14th October, 2016
Speaker: Navjot Altaf
Venue: School of Environment & Architecture, Borivali, Mumbai.

Supported by UDRI and Bombay City Policy Research Foundation

This presentation addressed questions concerning anthropogenic environmental changes that have transformed the landscape on the planet, through politics of power and politics of knowledge, in both rural and urban areas in India and other parts of the world. How all kinds of intrusion is sanctioned without much consideration for its impact on ecology, living beings, future generations, the web of life of which both people, non-people are a part. How with the models adopted for the fast development and economic growth and in the endless pursuit of profit for the few, natural resources are viewed as objects of property to be bought and sold with the proprietor possessing rights to nourish or abuse. “How to care for a possible world, does caring mean arresting wide spread denial of the violence being done to all forms of life? Can artists or creative people offer different kinds of witnessing of such sights, seen and unseen? Can creative and inclusive ways draw people into an opening- rather than recruiting them into a fixed vision of how things might be”

WEBSITE LAUNCH : LOGINMUMBAI : A DIGITAL INCLUSION PROJECT
LOGINMUMBAI : A DIGITAL INCLUSION PROJECT

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF MUMBAI GIS PORTAL

Event Date: 7th June 2016
Day: Tuesday
Time: 4:00PM
Venue: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) Visitor Centre, Fort, Mumbai.

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The UDRI’s Mumbai GIS portal, www.loginmumbai.org, was officially launched on June 7th, 2016, at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) Visitor Centre, Fort. It was followed by a panel discussion with economist & political analyst Ajit Ranade, columnist & media consultant Alok Thakore and Ravina Aggarwal, director of Columbia Global Centers, South Asia. The session was moderated by UDRI trustee and executive committee member Cyrus Guzder.

Login Mumbai is an attempt to bridge the open data access gap for all communities, NGOs, researchers, academic institutions and civil society, to further enhance peoples’ participation in Mumbai’s development and crowdsource issues necessitating public action.

Open Data is a vital tool for empowering research in urban studies. It can be used to initiate dialogue with peers, authorities, and hold them accountable to the city’s infrastructure and services. Today however, citizens’ access to Open Data is a challenge, and often comes at a fee pricing which is out of reach for many.

This project has been developed as part of UDRI’s Digital Inclusion project.

LECTURE : SEA EMERGING PRACTICES – Amateur Experiments and an Exhibition of Works “Drawing Narratives”
SEA EMERGING PRACTICES – Amateur Experiments and an Exhibition of Works “Drawing Narratives”

Event Date: 22nd April 2016
Exhibition Dates: 15th – 30th April 2016
Speakers: Kalpit Ashar and Mayuri Sisodia
Venue: School of Environment & Architecture, Borivali, Mumbai.

Supported by UDRI and Bombay City Policy Research Foundation The talk focused on the experiments of making space and architecture in the city through the five-year-old practice of the presenters – MAD(E). The practice finds orientation in redefining the ways in which built environment is perceived and represented. An exhibition of some of their works brought together weaving narratives of space through exploratory drawings.

BOOK LAUNCH : MARATHI MUMBAI READER’16
MARATHI MUMBAI READER’16

BOOK LAUNCH BY SHANTA GOKHALE & DATTA ISWALKAR

Event Date: 7th April 2016
Day: Thursday
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Kitab Khana, Fort. Mumbai

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Since 2006, the UDRI has been publishing the ‘Mumbai Reader’, a collection of articles on the various aspects of the Mumbai city, written by renowned experts and professionals. The aim of the publication is to provide readers with a glimpse of the complex dynamics of this great and old city. The subjects covered here include culture, economy, geography, and the history of the city. The objective is to enable readers to form a contemporary understanding of the various issues of this metropolis in the present context; to closely archive these changes so that the present and future of the city can be properly reflected upon.

LECTURE : SEA CONVERSATIONS – THE CITY AS ARTISTS SEE IT
SEA CONVERSATIONS – THE CITY AS ARTISTS SEE IT

Event Date: 1st April 2016
Speaker: Sudhir Patwardhan
Venue: School of Environment & Architecture, Borivali, Mumbai.

Supported by UDRI and Bombay City Policy Research Foundation The presentation illustrated the different ways in which artists have responded to living in the city, debating their need to show it just as it is, or as they would like it to be, or the way they fear it will become in the future.

LECTURE : SEA CONVERSATIONS – IN TRANSITION
SEA CONVERSATIONS – IN TRANSITION

Event Date: 28th March 2016
Speaker: Hirante Welandawe
Venue: School of Environment & Architecture, Borivali, Mumbai.

Supported by UDRI and Bombay City Policy Research Foundation The talk was a presentation of the work of the architect which follows a particular people centric way of approaching architecture focusing on socio cultural profiles and lifestyle, stemming from her early work which was concentrated exclusively on domestic and private spaces.

LECTURE : SEA EMERGING PRACTICES – TRANSFORMATIVE URBAN PRAXIS – FROM PROJECTS TO PROCESSES
SEA EMERGING PRACTICES – TRANSFORMATIVE URBAN PRAXIS – FROM PROJECTS TO PROCESSES

Event Date: 18th March 2016
Speakers: Hussain Indorewala & Shweta Wagh
Venue: School of Environment & Architecture, Borivali, Mumbai.

Supported by UDRI and Bombay City Policy Research Foundation The presentation attempted to question the alienating tendencies of urban research and practice and the credibility of its various fields by identifying its various ‘publics’. What is architecture’s public? What is research’s public? What is activism’s public? The presentation probed the possibility of moving beyond engagement through ‘projects’ and ‘case – studies’ to collaborating in a critical urban process where learning is dialogical, engagement enabling & transformation mutual.

Competitions : CHARLES CORREA GOLD MEDAL
CHARLES CORREA GOLD MEDAL

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNER & HONORABLE MENTIONS

Event Date: 11th March 2016
Day: Friday
Time: 5:00pm
Event Venue: Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai.

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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.

BOOK LAUNCH : SEA CONVERSATIONS – IN PUBLIC’S INTEREST – EVICTIONS, CITIZENSHIP AND INEQUALITY IN CONTEMPORARY DELHI
SEA CONVERSATIONS – IN PUBLIC’S INTEREST – EVICTIONS, CITIZENSHIP AND INEQUALITY IN CONTEMPORARY DELHI

Event Date: 7th March 2016

Gautam Bhan in conversation with Simpreet Singh

Venue: School of Environment & Architecture, Borivali, Mumbai.

Supported by UDRI and Bombay City Policy Research Foundation The talk summarised the book which draws on an archive of court cases that resulted in evictions in Delhi from 1990 to 2007 as well as ethnographic research with basti residents and social movements resisting eviction, to show how evictions have been fundamental to how urban space is been structured and produced, and asks what they tell us about the contemporary Indian city.

MUMBAI STUDIO : WORKSHOP ON DONGRI

Event Date: 10th February 2016
Collaborators: UDRI and Harvard Graduate School of Design
Speakers: Rahul Mehrotra, Pankaj Joshi
Venue: Urban Design Research Institute.

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As a part of the Harvard studio on Extreme Urbanism, UDRI organised a talk by Pankaj Joshi in relation to the study site at Dongri, Mumbai. Dongri is a dense residential neighbourhood historically inhabited by the Ismaili community. The aim of the studio is to reconfigure a block of the site within existing development norms while maintaining existing community & historical formations.

LECTURE : SANDHYA SAVANT MEMORIAL LECTURE
SANDHYA SAVANT MEMORIAL LECTURE

SOME THOUGHTS ON “TIME AND THE PRACTICE OF ARCHITECTURE” BY PROF. NEELKANTH CHHAYA

Event Date: 19th January 2016
Day: Tuesday
Time: 2:30pm
Venue: Sir J.J. College of Architecture

Sandhya Savant was a Conservation Architect and alumni 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.

EXHIBITION : THE STATE OF ARCHITECTURE: PRACTICES AND PROCESSES IN INDIA
THE STATE OF ARCHITECTURE: PRACTICES AND PROCESSES IN INDIA

Event Date: 6th January to 27th March 2016
Time: 11am to 6:00pm
Venue: National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai.

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The Urban Design Research Institute hosted the State of Architecture: Practice and Processes in India, curated by Rahul Mehrotra, Kaiwan Mehta and Ranjit Hoskote. Several allied events were held alongside the main exhibition including such as smaller exhibits and lectures. The exhibition presented the state of contemporary architecture in India, mapping emerging practices and stimulating conversation on the different positions that characterize architectural production in India.