• Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities
    Kanu Argawal
    Center for Architecture, New York
    Feb 10, 2011 to May 21, 2011
    New York Foundation for Architecture-Center for Architecture Foundation

A Jugaad Canopy, New Delhi, India. Photo: Sundeep Bali.

Set in the radically uneven urban landscapes of Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune, India, Jugaad Urbanism explores how the energy of citizens “making-do” is translated by architects, urban planners, and governmental and nongovernmental entities into efficient and inventive strategies for sustainable urban growth. From energy generating spinning wheels to the extensive skywalks of Mumbai, the exhibition highlights how "jugaad" interventions (a term in Hindi used to describe an innovative, resourceful approach) are challenging traditional spatial hierarchies and mechanistic planning principles. The work of Indian artists, including Raqs Media Collective, is included in the exhibition and offers insights into the complex and oft cited “messy” urbanism of India.

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