Understanding the language of Urbanisation

The Indian Institute of Architects Goa Chapter in collaboration with Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts on May 7 will hold a book release followed by a presentation and panel discussion with AR Vinayak Bharne.

Goan-born Vinayak Bhare works as an architect, urban designer and planner, a professor of urbanism at the University of Southern California. His award-winning work ranges from satellite cities and new towns to affordable housing and conservation efforts. He is the author and editor of five books and more than fifty articles on architecture and urbanism, and currently serves as executive editor of the India-Netherlands-based urbanism journal ‘My Liveable City’.

His book ‘Affordable Housing: Inclusive Cities’ talks about how an estimated 1.2 billion people across the world lack access to secure housing, how are cities working to empower and promote the inclusion of all? This 36 essay volume explores the interface of social justice and city-making through comparative discussion from around the world. It includes conservations with influential administrators, civic leaders and case studies of exemplary projects by globally known architects and planners such as Alejandro Aravena and MVRDV.

While the other ‘Routledge Companion to Global Heritage Conservation’ focuses on acts of identifying, protecting, restoring and reusing buildings and built landscape and can be, a far more reflective and consequential process of urban and socio-economic reforms. This collection of 30 articles by academics, scholars and practitioners from across the world explores how heritage conservation bears the potential to bridge and expand the perceived boundaries of multiple disciplines towards far bigger aspirations of city-making and social justice. Going from Tokyo to Cairo, Shenzhen to Rome, and Delhi to Moscow, this volume shows how heritage intersects with numerous urgent issues and expands or understanding of why and how we can conserve, for whom and to what ends.

(The event will be held at Sunapranta open-air amphitheatre, Althino on May 7 at 6 p.m.)