Learning from the Utopian City: Navi Mumbai

This is a reflection on a two day workshop organised by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai as part of our ‘Learning from Utopian Cities‘ AHRC funded international network.

Utopian Cities

by Ayona Datta

The third workshop in our series was on Navi Mumbai’s urban future. This workshop was held from 27-28 May 2016 and was locally organised by Dr Ratoola Kundu, from the School of Habitat Studies in Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Through the two days of workshop, we brought together a range of scholars, urban activists, practitioners, citizens, elected representatives, bureaucrats and others to debate and discuss the urbanisation trajectories (past, present and future) of Navi Mumbai. In particular we drew from narratives, reports, experiences, projects and proposals – incorporating both top-down and bottom-up, formal and informal, documented and undocumented realms of urban imaginations for a ‘city built from scratch’ at a significant moment of India’s liberalisation in the 1990s

The two days of workshops were organised under several themes – histories of urbanisation, the land question, governance, housing and infrastructure and grassroots voices…

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