Come join a fascinating discussion on User-Generated Cities, led by Dr. Geeta Mehta, co-founder of URBZ - an organization based in Dharavi, India. With its activities fueled by the belief that the deepest knowledge about cities exists amongst its inhabitants and communities, URBZ organizes participatory workshops, designs adaptable structures and develops web tools for urban communities and practitioners both locally and internationally.
From the Urban Typhoon workshops that focus on community participation in urban planning, to the URBZ MASHUPS that engage residents and international participants in creative exercises about cities, URBZ has brought together architects, designers, artisans, residents, students and volunteers to collectively facilitate the production and exchange of information, knowledge, ideas and practices towards better and inclusive cities - reaching cities such as Tokyo, New Delhi, Istanbul, Mumbai, Sao Paulo and New York.
URBZ's work focuses on building upon Dharavi as an agglomeration of urban settlements bustling with economic activities, cultural richness and resourcefulness, to facilitate its organic growth, and show that it is so much more than "Asia's largest slum" - as it is often dubbed (and as you may remember featured in Slumdog Millionaire).
COME WITH QUESTIONS!
WHEN & WHERE
Wednesday, June 27th
6:00 - 8:00pm
Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP)
Avery Hall, Room 114
* Everyone is invited to continue the discussion and join for a drink at Haakon's Hall at about 8pm. It's just next door to Avery Hall, address is 1187 Amsterdam Ave. (between 118th & 116th Sts.).
About Dr. Geeta Mehta
Geeta is the co-founder and partner of URBZ, a think tank in Mumbai committed to developing online and community tools for "User-Generated Cities".
Geeta teaches at Columbia University in the M.S. in Architecture and Urban Design program, of which she is also a graduate. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. She has taught and practiced urban design in USA, Japan, India, Vietnam and Indonesia. Her projects include the master plan for QTSC software technology Park in Vietnam, JICA projects in Japan and Indonesia, and slum redevelopment work in India.
Geeta serves on the advisory board of the Millennium Cities Initiatives at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and is the co-author of several books on Japanese architecture. Her upcoming books include "City Connect: Regeneration, Equity and Sustainability in the 21st Century".