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)
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.
Interview by Prof. Richa Sharma, Pillai College of Architecture.
In Tekton Vol. 2, Issue 1, March 2015 pp. 94 – 109.
Henrik Valeur’s career straddles three distinct cultures and this has shaped his worldview about how cities function. He sees a great potential in urbanisation leading to change, particularly in the developing world. Valeur advocates a theory of urbanisation as a means to address poverty while safeguarding the environment, this theory he describes as ‘Development Urbanisation’.