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Radical City

Radical City
Imagining Possibilities for the Indian City

Edited by:
  • Pithamber R. Polsani - Faculty member and Dean, School of Advanced Studies and Research, Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru, India

January 2021 | 272 pages | SAGE YODA Press
In the next few decades a billion people will be urbanised. There will be over 40 megacities—more than 10 million inhabitants—most of which will be located in the 'global south', especially China and India. Cities already stretched to the seams will explode. The accelerated global warming and extreme weather events will only make the situation worse resulting in unimaginable consequences. Radical City: Imagining Possibilities for the Indian City argues that we should urgently reflect on the question raised by the luminaries of Congrès Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne (CIAM) nearly a century back, 'Should our cities survive?', because the Functional City—a conglomeration with differentiated zones of activity and transportation of people and materials between the zones—invented by CIAM has outlived its usefulness.

Rethinking the city, therefore, cannot be the province of planners and technocrats alone. Instead, this book brings together artists, architects, writers, poets, designers, urban planners, social scientists, humanists and others to think about the city and its possibilities.
Pithamber R. Polsani
Introduction: Should Our Cities Survive?
PART I A Field of Inspirations
Sudhanva Deshpande
The City as Stage
Namrata Toraskar
‘Belonging’ in a City of Unbelongers
Kiranmayi Indraganti
City: The Perceptual Field of Inspirations
Non-human Nature and City Life: Exploring the Radical Middle Ground
PART II Palimpsest of Possibilities
Sohail Hashmi
What Is a City
Neelkanth Chhaya
City as Organic Patchwork, City as Streamlined Machine
Sonal Mithal, Arul Paul and Fahad Zuberi
Lucknow Unrestrained: Palimpsest of Incongruous Possibilities
PART III Fractured Realities
Mustansir Dalvi
Art Deco Bombay: The Radical Re-imagination of the City through Its Aesthetics
Rachna Mehra
Land(e)scapes of Utopia: Reconciling Old Ways of Living in New Towns in India
Pithamber R. Polsani
Ruinous Imaginations
PART IV Material Manifestations
City in Steel and Timber
Priya Joseph
Death of Brick: Rise of the Vertical City
Gauri Bharat
Advertising RCC: Material Mainstreaming in Pre-independence India
PART V Potentialities and Probabilities
M. N. Ashish Ganju
Spontaneous Urbanisation
Tikender Singh Panwar
Governance of Cities from the 74th Amendment to Special Purpose Vehicles

Pithamber R. Polsani

Pithamber R. Polsani is a faculty member and currently the Dean at the School of Advanced Studies and Research, Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bengaluru, India. His education and work traverses diverse disciplines: philosophy, education, technology, management, literature, semiotics, media, psychoanalysis, art and Spanish language. Synthesizing insights from multiple domains, his research addresses conceptual and practical problems in the realms of the history of design ideas, vernacular design, urbanism and philosophies of urban design. Dr Polsani has led learning Academies for Royal Bank of Scotland and Nokia... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353887148