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Vyjayanthi Rao at Urban Democracy Lab - NYU

Deen Sharp

Terreform co-director and new Managing Editor of Public Culture, Vyjayanthi Rao, will be presenting at Urban Democracy Lab's Engaged Urbanists Working Group this Monday, October 14.

Rao is an anthropologist and writer studying architecture, infrastructure and social life in large cities.  She has written several essays and have edited two books so far.  The first is Speculation Now: Essays and Artworks, which draws together multi-disciplinary reflections on speculation and speculative practices in contemporary life and artistic practices.  The second, titled Occupy All Street: Olympic Urbanism and Contested Futures in Rio de Janeirois a collection of essays exploring the spatial transformation of Rio in the shadow of the 2016 Olympic Games.  The book was launched at CUNY Graduate Center with David Harvey and the editors, Rao, Mariana Cavalcanti, and Bruno Carvalho. The event was chaired by Amy Chazkel, Associate Professor of History, CUNY, Queens College and the Graduate Center. It was sponsored by the Public Space Research Group, Graduate Center, City University of New York.

See more from Terreform’s archive. From Storefront New York to HAND annual meeting, “The Center Cannot Hold” and the Nexus Between Urbanization.

OCCUPY ALL STREETS: OLYMPIC URBANISM AND CONTESTED FUTURES IN RIO DE JANEIRO

Bruno Carvalho, Mariana Cavalcanti and Vyjayanthi Rao Venuturupalli, Editors

Contributors: Bruno Carvalho, Mariana Cavalcanti with Julia O’Donnell and Lilian Sampaio, Gabriel Duarte with Renata Bertol, Beatriz Jaguaribe with Scott Salmon, Guilherme Lassance, Bryan McCann, Theresa Williamson, and Vyjayanthi Rao Venuturupalli

Occupy All Streets is a brilliant and searing indictment of the injustice, violence, militarisation, elitism and mind-boggling waste inherent in planning and organizing Rio as host city of the 2016 Olympics.
Through punchy prose and superb visual material, its contributors expose the myths that sustain mega-event urbanism; draw out the deep histories of branding Rio as an aesthetically exceptional city; and, most important of all, explore the possibilities that exist for organizing megacities more justly.
An extraordinary book!
— Stephen Graham, Professor of Cities and Society, Newcastle University, author of Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism

Vyjayanthi Rao at 'Smart Cities?'

Nikhil Sambamurthy

On April 23rd, Terreform Co-Director Vyjayanthi Rao spoke at Smart Cities?, a conference hosted at The New School and organized by Storefront for Art and Architecture and Het Nieuwe Instituut.

The conference investigated urbanization in the 21st century by unpacking the notion of the 'Smart City' through three panel discussions: Impossible Objects, Political Objects, and Measuring Objects. Dr. Rao spoke in the first. 

Watch her presentation below, and read more about the conference on Storefront's website

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

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Terreform Director Vyjayanthi Rao participated in the 3rd Kochi-Muziris Biennale as a member of the artist collective Samooha. Read her article about their installation On Stage: Sathenagar Here.

While Mumbai’s informal communities are always available to the gaze of the privileged, we observed they rarely occupy the most privileged stages as protagonists themselves.

The intention was not to create a museum-like programme to display the talents of a single community but to allow a community’s public expression, long trapped in specific forms of public discourse around protest and rights, to take flight on another, more universally visible stage.

We named our project “On Stage: Sathenagar Here” to bring visibility both to the community as author and to the concept of the stage, which operates on multiple levels to support the community as author.
— Vyjayanthi Rao Venuturupalli

The Power of Vertical Architecture

Elisabeth Weiman

Vyjayanthi Rao presented at "The Center Cannot Hold?" conference (London), the Calvert 22 Foundation's launch of event of its 12 week season of art and events, entitled "Power and Architecture." At this premiere, Vyjayanthi spoke about "Verticality, Post-Socialism and Re-Structuring in Mumbai" for the panel "Edifice Complex: Verticality Revisited."

Full conference schedule and topics: The Center Cannot Hold? New Monumentality, Neo-Modernism and Other Zombie Utopias.

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Key Messages for the “New Urban Agenda”

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"By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Rapid urbanization is producing new contexts through which violence and conflict operate and it is critical to understand these complex dynamics. Urban settings have characteristics, which require effective, context- specific approaches. Violence and conflict in urban areas can involve different kinds of violence and can be driven by diverse vectors such as political, socio-economic, institutional and environmental. The event aimed to enhance our understanding of the nexus between urbanization, violence, and conflict in fragile settings. The following key messages emanated from the event and should be given consideration in the discussion on the New Urban Agenda." 

Key messages here. Also, Hanne Kristoffersen, Local Governace Specialist of UNDP, wrote an article on Leaving No One and No City Behind, reflecting on one of the UN's sustainable development goal.

Transcript: Opening Remarks by Deen Sharp

The Nexus of Urbanization, Violence and Conflict: Linking SDG 11 and SDG 16 was organized by the Permanent Missions of Lebanon and Norway to the UN, City College of New York - CUNY, UNDP, UN-Habitat, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), in coordination with the Global Alliance for Urban Crises. 

LIVE NOTES: The Nexus of Urbanization, Violence and Conflict: Linking SDG 11 and SDG 16

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Panel II 'New Geographies of Urban Violence' (L-R) Alexandra Hiniker, PAX representative to the UN; Samuel Doe, Policy Advisor, UNDP; Deen Sharp, Doctoral candidate at the City University of New York; Esteban Leon, Chief Technical Advisor, UNHABITAT.  Photo: Reem Aliessa

Panel II 'New Geographies of Urban Violence' (L-R) Alexandra Hiniker, PAX representative to the UN; Samuel Doe, Policy Advisor, UNDP; Deen Sharp, Doctoral candidate at the City University of New York; Esteban Leon, Chief Technical Advisor, UNHABITAT. Photo: Reem Aliessa

Less visible forms of urban violence that go beyond ideas of construction and deconstruction need attention. --- Deen Sharp

Explosive weapons are leading cause of destruction of healthcare facilities.... Use of wide area explosive weapons in populated areas always leads to high injury of civilians. --- Alexandra Hiniker

Challenges of urbanization can be combated through understanding the city rather than individual challenges. --- Esteban Leon

Notes by Kira Rakova.

UPDATE: Read the Key Messages for the "New Urban Agenda" here.

The Nexus of Urbanization, Violence and Conflict: Linking SDG 11 and SDG 16 was organized by the Permanent Missions of Lebanon and Norway to the UN, City College of New York - CUNY, UNDP, UN-Habitat, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), in coordination with the Global Alliance for Urban Crises.

[NYC] Human Migration in the 21st Century

Hilary Huckins-Weidner

Terreform's Director, Vyjayanthi Rao was a panelist along with Juan Corradi, Professor of Sociology, NYU and Geir Haarde, Ambassador of Iceland to the United States at The Penn Club in New York City on Thursday, March 31, 2016 for a discussion on human migration. Hosted by the Wein Alumni Network and moderated by Deborah Berebichez, Chief Data Scientist at Metis, the panel session focused on the economic, social and political implications of human migration in the 21st century and provided a platform for attending WISP alumni to share their migrant experiences.

Loophole Planning & Infrastructure Making in Mumbai

Elisabeth Weiman

At the Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago, Vyjayanthi Rao presents her ethnographic work looking at the planning process and its implications for understanding relationships between land use planning and politics as it unfolds in contemporary Mumbai. She draws on years of fieldwork to examine citizens’ confrontation with new developments, resulting from a series of policy loopholes that changed the definition of development and the way social and material infrastructure are increasingly linked to practices of speculation.

The talk situates the relationship between planning, citizen-driven, iterative infrastructure making and new forms of political engagement in an age that demands a creative embrace of uncertainty.

For more details about the event, check out Institute for the Humanities' event page.