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SAI Event Faculty : Rahul Mehrotra


Thu, May 19, 2016 from 06:00pm - 07:00pm  /  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity

Special Event

Tarun Khanna, Director, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design 

The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu religious fair that occurs every twelve years in India, and has become the largest public gathering in the world. The most recent observance of the festival took place in 2013 in Allahabad, with an estimated attendance of over 80 million people. Because of its size and complexity, the 2013 Kumbh Mela inspired the Harvard South Asia Institute’s flagship multi-year interdisciplinary research project in a number of complementary fields: business, technology and communications, urban studies and design, religious and cultural studies, and public health. Launched in 2015, the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard.

Click here for tickets.

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

 

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Thu, May 19, 2016 at 06:00pm

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Thu, May 19, 2016 at 07:00pm

VENUE
MFA, Mabel Louise Riley Seminar Room (Meeting Room 156)

ADDRESS
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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Tue, April 5, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm  /  CGIS South, S354

Techno-networks and Urban Space in Bombay Cinema

Urbanization Seminar

Ranjani Mazumdar, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Chair: Rahul MehrotraProfessor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design

This paper looks at the role of media and communication technologies in the imagination of urban spaces in contemporary Bombay cinema. If surveillance practices and their resultant structuring becomes one part of this imagination (No Smoking 2007, LSD 2010, Ugly, 2013), we also see the role of the internet and social media in the framing of spatial encounters in small town India (Masaan 2015). A fascination for ‘obsolete’ technology frames another order of space linked to the recent past (Gangs of Wasseypur 2012, Miss Lovely 2012, Dum Lagake Haisha, 2015), while documentary films like John and Jayne (2005) invoke the call centre imagination within a fractured urban subjectivity. In these films, the themes of violence, love, tragedy and comedy are enacted within a spatial terrain triggered by new media technologies. Taken together these films offer a new geography of the experiential changes unraveling in contemporary India.

Ranjani Mazumdar is Professor of Cinema Studies at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her publications focus on urban cultures, popular cinema, gender and the cinematic city. She is the author of Bombay Cinema: An Archive of the City (2007) and co-author with Nitin Govil of the forthcoming The Indian Film Industry. She has also worked as a documentary filmmaker and her productions include Delhi Diary 2001 and The Power of the Image (Co-Directed). Her current research focuses on globalization and film culture, the visual culture of film posters and the intersection of technology, travel, design and colour in 1960s Bombay Cinema.

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Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm

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Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S354

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

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Mon, March 28, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm  /  CGIS South, S354

India: the Urban Transition

Urbanization Seminar 

Henrik Valeur, Architect-Urbanist, Founder and Creative Director of UiD

Chair: Rahul MehrotraProfessor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Can India use urbanization as a driver of economic, human and social development like China has done? How can Indian cities be made more inclusive, productive and livable? Are there any simple solutions to the seemingly insurmountable problems of urban India – the life threatening levels of air pollution, the desperate lack of water, the precarious food situation, the squalid living conditions in the slums, the chaotic, choked and congested road traffic? This lecture will discuss some of these problems and propose some possible solutions, using the cities of Bangalore in South India and Chandigarh in North India as its primary cases. The concept of smart cities will briefly be discussed and co-evolution and development urbanism will be introduced as alternative strategies.

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Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm

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Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S354

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

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Mon, February 22, 2016 at 06:30pm to
Tue, February 23, 2016 at 02:30pm  /  CGIS South, S010

Re-thinking Local: A Cross-regional Dialogue about Strategies for Local Practice in Cities

Student Event

“Re-thinking Local” will examine how architects are developing new models of locally-based design practice given the changing realities of urbanization around the world, with a particular focus on South and Southeast Asia.

These two public events feature Vo Trong Nghia, the most prolific contemporary architect in Vietnam, and Marina Tabassum, the leading female architect in Bangladesh – both speaking at Harvard for the first time.

In addition, Nghia and Tabassum will be joined in a round-table discussion by Michael Murphy, Executive Director of MASS Design Group, and Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

This public discussion program will thematically explore how architects are responding to new patterns of urbanization, creating models for construction and fabrication that support sustainable development, and catalyzing local institutions to promote dialogue about the role of design in improving cities. Together, the work of these architects gives new meaning to the model of practicing locally.

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Roundtable discussion with Vo Trong Nghia, Marina Tabassum, and Michael Murphy, moderated by Rahul Mehrotra
Monday, February 22, 2016, 6:30 pm
Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South S010, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Lunchtime Lecture with Vo Trong Nghia
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 1:00 pm
Portico 124, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street

Please contact  Michael Haggerty, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, haggerty@gsd.harvard.edu, with questions.

Cosponsored with the Boston Society of Architects Foundation, Harvard Asia Center, and Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative.

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Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 06:30pm

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Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 02:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

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Mon, January 18, 2016 from 06:00pm - 08:30pm  /  CSMVS Museum, Mumbai

Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity

Special Event

Welcome by Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director, CSMVS Museum

Introductory remarks by Vikram Gandhi, Harvard South Asia Institute Advisory Council Member; Founder, Asha Impact

Diana Eck, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Harvard Divinity School

Devesh Chaturvedi, Divisional Commissioner, Allahabad, at the 2013 Kumbh Mela

Satchit Balsari, Weill Cornell Global Emergency Medicine Division; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Alok Sharma, Inspector General of Police, Allahabad, at the 2013 Kumbh Mela

Facilitated by Rahul Mehrotra, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Since its inception early in the first millennium CE, the Kumbh Mela has become the largest public gathering in the world. Today it draws tens of millions of pilgrims over the course of a few weeks. Among the pilgrims at the 2013 Kumbh Mela was a team of some 50 people – faculty, students, and researchers from Harvard University. The team was making an in-depth study of a gathering that is not only a remarkable religious experience, but also a remarkable exercise in urban planning, public health, government administration, security, and commerce.

Launched in 2015, the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard. The faculty leaders and Kumbh administrators will discuss their experience studying the world’s largest festival, and lessons learned for future research.

Please register here.

 

Cosponsored with the Asia Society India Centre and the Harvard Club of Mumbai

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Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 06:00pm

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Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 08:30pm

VENUE
CSMVS Museum, Mumbai

ADDRESS
159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road
Fort, Mumbai - 400023, Maharashtra, India

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Mon, November 9, 2015 from 06:30pm - 08:00pm  /  CGIS South, S050

The Capitals of Postcolonial Pakistan: Urbanism as a discourse of Territorial Selfhood

Urbanization Seminar

Farhan Karim, Assistant Professor The University of Kansas, School of Architecture, Design, and Planning

Chair: Rahul MehrotraProfessor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design

In the two decades following the creation of Pakistan, the government embarked on a lofty project to establish Muslim nationalism as a two pronged symbol: a binding factor for the country’s culturally different east and west wings and a liberating force for the emerging Third World. A major focus of the project was to establish a new executive capital in West Pakistan—Islamabad (established 1959), and a provincial citadel capital in East Pakistan—Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. These two new capitals were conceived as the backdrop to accommodate the new quintessential democratic institutions: parliament buildings, universities, education training centers and polytechnic institutes. However, Pakistan’s shortage of architects and urban planners, in tandem with the country’s martial government’s Cold War leaning towards the Unite States, eventually compelled the government to seek technical assistance from USAID and the Ford Foundation, and commissioned Constantine Doxiadis and Louis Kahn to design Islamabad and Sher-e-Bangla Nagar respectively. The main challenge in designing the two capitals, though they varied significantly in scale, was to establish the new urban setting as the spatial means to manifest and foster a sense of postcolonial selfhood, Muslim nationalism, citizenship, and economic developmentalism. The other concurrent urban design projects in Pakistan, such as Korangi located southeast of Karachi and the largest slum clearance and urban rehabilitation project of its time, complemented the efforts of establishing new capitals by promoting urban space as an apparatus or a spatial armature to transform the placeless and stateless Muslim selfhood into legitimate citizens. Through a critical discussion of different urban design aspects of these two capitals the proposed talk will show that the discursive formation of urban design in postcolonial Pakistan was entangled with the newly anointed citizenship, territoriality and the idea of a composite Muslim self. Urban design was deployed as a metaphor, if not a means to display and exercise the new Pakistani government’s authoritative power, that symbolizes the aspiration of postcolonial identity and selfhood in a complex way.

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Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 06:30pm

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Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 08:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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Tue, October 27, 2015 from 06:30pm - 08:00pm  /  CGIS South, S250

Development, Dissent and Architecture in the building of Modern India

Urbanization Seminar

Peter Scriver, Centre for Asian and Middle-Eastern Architecture (CAMEA), University of Adelaide

Chair: Rahul MehrotraProfessor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design

In Jawaharlal Nehru’s strategic vision for India’s postcolonial modernization and development, the architecture and urbanism of Chandigarh, the new Punjab State Capital, was of ‘enormous importance’. ‘It hits you on the head, and makes you think’, he famously argued. ‘You may squirm at the impact but it has made you think and imbibe new ideas…’  Though rarely invoked with such a clear and critical purpose, architecture has entered in and out of political consciousness over the course of India’s long march from colonial to global modernity, with its potential both to project change and to recruit resistance to it.

Peter Scriver is Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory in the Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture at the University of Adelaide, Australia. His books include After the Masters: Contemporary Indian Architecture (Mapin, 1990), Colonial Modernities: Building, Dwelling and Architecture in British India and Ceylon (Routledge, 2007), and India: Modern Architectures in History (Reaktion, 2015)

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Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 06:30pm

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Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 08:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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Wed, May 6, 2015 from 09:00am - 06:00pm  /  Stubbins Gund Hall

Planning for Conservation: Looking at Agra

Extreme Urbanism 3
Studio Review with the Participation of The Loeb Fellows

Faculty: Rahul Mehrotra

Teaching Associate: Jose Mayoral Moratilla

Teaching Assistant: Vineet Diwadkar

 Open to the public

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Wed, May 6, 2015 at 09:00am

END
Wed, May 6, 2015 at 06:00pm

VENUE
Stubbins Gund Hall

ADDRESS
Harvard Graduate School of Design
48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Wed, April 22, 2015 at 06:00pm  /  CGIS South, S020 Belfer

The Ephemeral City: Looking at Temporary Landscape of Religion in South Asia and Latin America

What is the role of the Ephemeral City in the broader discussion about urbanism globally? Professor Rahul Mehrotra, Chair of  the Department of Urban Planing and Design (GSD), will moderate a conversation across disciplines about ephemerality in the landscapes of South Asian and Latin American cities.  The panel will feature Harvard scholars Felipe Hernandez (GSD), Marianne Potvin (FAS),  and Luis Valenzuela (GSD).

This panel is part of the exhibition The Ephemeral City: Looking at Temporary Landscape of Religion in South Asia and Latin America.

This event was originally scheduled for February 2015.

Cosponsored with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

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Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 06:00pm

END
Wed, Apr 22, 2015

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

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