Interview with Ashwin Mahesh
By Henrik Valeur, 2013
From India: the Urban Transition – a Case Study of Development Urbanism, The Architectural Publisher B, 2014
Ashwin Mahesh is a scientist who turned environmental activist, development worker and technology entrepreneur before becoming a leading candidate for a newly formed national political party, the Lok Satta, contesting from the city of Bangalore. In this interview, he discusses problems of urban management in India today and proposes public participation and community building as means to solve the problems.(1)
Review by Mukta Naik, Senior Research Associate, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.
In Urban India Vol. 34, Issue 1, January–June 2014 pp.235-239, National Institute of Urban Affairs.
Drawing from his own experiences of practicing and teaching in Shanghai, China and focusing on his recent work in the Indian cities of Chandigarh and Bangalore, Henrik Valeur’s book is a commentary on the liveability of cities from the perspective of human health and safety over the long term.
Review by Prof. Preeti Chopra, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In an age when star architects dominate our attention, the Danish architect-urbanist Henrik Valeur’s book on India’s urban transition is an important reminder to us of a longstanding parallel history of architecture and urbanism, one where architects tackle social problems through practical engagement with the built environment.
Interview by Niveditha Ravikumar, architectural journalist.
In Zingy Homes Tete-A-Tete with Experts, 26 October, 2015.
Henrik Valeur, the Nykredit Encouragement Prize winning Danish architect-urbanist is better known in India for his book – India: the Urban Transition – A Case Study of Development Urbanism, where he discusses and proposes solutions to some of the basic concerns of human existence – air, water, food, housing and mobility in urban Indian cities.
Article by Dr. Kuldip Dhiman.
In The Tribune, 2 August, 2015.
“Henrik’s idea was that by removing all cars, a lot of space would be freed. “Almost 25 per cent of the total surface area of the sector is used by cars, either for driving or parking. All of this asphalt, which contributes significantly to the overheating of the city, could be removed, and instead, eco-friendly pathways for pedestrians, cycles and rickshaws could be built. These would be narrower, though still providing sufficient space for emergency vehicles,” says Henrik.”