Friday 13 November
1 to 3 pm
How do we truly transform cities? To generate the kinds of fundamental change that transformation implies, one has to examine the underlying thinking behind processes of urbanism. The talk proposes three radical shifts in this thinking, which emerge out of dialectical processes of practice, research and theory. These shifts are illuminated by critical analyses of case studies of transformative urbanism in Barcelona, Belo Horizonte, Boston, Cairo, Karachi, Los Angeles, New Delhi, and Paris. The talk demonstrates how we can transform cities by transforming the theories and practices of urbanism itself.
Aseem Inam is the 2015-2016 John Bousfield Distinguished Visitor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. His work focuses on developing critical and creative theories, strategies and practices of urban transformation. He is the Director of TRULAB: Laboratory for Designing Urban Transformation, and was the founding director of the highly innovative MA Theories of Urban Practice Program at Parsons School of Design and The New School in New York City. Dr. Inam is the author of the books, Planning for the Unplanned, and Designing Urban Transformation, several journal articles and book chapters, including in the recent books, The Emerging Asian City, and Companion to Urban Design. His work has received awards from the SOM Foundation, the American Planning Association, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has practiced as an urbanist in Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Haiti, India, Morocco and the United States.