The Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) Urban Futures Centre will host its on-going monthly seminar with guest presenter Henrik Valeur, at the Steve Biko Campus, on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 from 2pm.
DUT’s Urban Futures Centre (UFC) is an interdisciplinary laboratory that not only builds theory, but also tests out ideas and interventions in ways that are not prescribed and determined by dominant stakeholders, be they government officials, academics or large social movements. It is also a space of engagement and deliberation, which takes place through a weekly seminar programme as well as organised public debates. The UFC also serves as the central node for a network of projects, institutions, practitioners and academics interested in the future of cities locally (in Durban and South Africa) and globally.
In that context of looking at the changes in urban life globally, Valeur will be giving more insight into his topic entitled, ‘India: The Urban Change’.
He will look into whether urbanisation can be used as a driver of economic, human and social development, and how cities can be made more inclusive, productive and liveable.
Using the case of India, Henrik Valeur will discuss some of the problems and possibilities related to the urban transition of the so-called ‘developing’ world and proposes some possible solutions. He will also speak on the concept of smart cities as well as how the theory of development urbanism can be introduced as an alternative strategy.
This seminar is based on Valeur’s personal experiences of teaching, researching and practicing in India from 2010 to 2016 and he has also presented the topic at Harvard University and University College London, as well.
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.
Pictured: Henrik Valeur (Google Images)