Planned Neighborhoods, Informal Settlements, and Spontaneous Transformations
LECTURER: Sanjeev Vidyarthi Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
The talk analyzes how the American planning idea of the “neighborhood unit” was imported and appropriated in post-independence India, and what that means for how Indian cities actually develop over time. Using insights from cultural studies, anthropology, and historiography, the talk explains the adaptation of the concept in
the Indian context, especially in the spatial transformation of a neighborhood in the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Sanjeev Vidyarthi is an assistant professor in urban planning and policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His doctoral research investigates the travel and travails of the American neighborhood unit in India and explains how different urban actors appropriated the concept over time. Apart from international exchanges of planning ideas, his research interests include city-building processes, urban theory and design, and globalization and development studies.
The talk is sponsored by the MA Theories of Urban Practice Program, and organized by the School of Design Strategies at Parsons.
Time: 6pm, Thursday, April 12, 2012
Location: Kellen Auditorium, 66 5th Avenue