Date(s) - Wed - 14 Nov
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
PRESENTER: Henrik Valeur
TOPIC: ‘India: the Urban Transition’
VENUE: Steve Biko Campus – DUT, UFC offices, S2 Block, Level 4, Room DP4.01B (UFC Common Room). Entrance Gate 1 & 2. 79 Steve Biko Road
Abstract: Can urbanization be used as a driver of economic, human and social development? How can cities
be made more inclusive, productive and livable? Using the case of India, Henrik Valeur discusses
some of the problems and possibilities related to the urban transition of the so-called “developing”
world and proposes some possible solutions. The concept of smart cities will briefly be discussed
and the theory of development urbanism will be introduced as an alternative strategy.
This seminar is based on personal experiences of teaching, researching and practicing in India
(2010-16) and has previously been given at Harvard University and University College London.
Bio: Henrik Valeur is an independent architect-urbanist; founder and creative director of UiD (Denmark)
and UiD Shanghai Co., Ltd (China); curator of CO-EVOLUTION: Danish/Chinese Collaboration
on Sustainable Urban Development in China (Golden Lion, Venice Biennale of Architecture,
2006); author of India: the Urban Transition – a Case Study of Development Urbanism (2014); and
currently a visiting scholar at the School of Built Environment and Development Studies at the
University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
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