Category: Reviews

India: The Urban Transition (H-Net)

Review by Prof. Preeti Chopra, University of Wisconsin-Madison in H-Asia, H-Net Reviews, December, 2015.

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.

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Carnival we ought to grow out of

Article by Dr. Kuldip Dhiman in The Tribune, 2 August, 2015.

Henrik Valeur, a Danish urbanist and researcher who worked with an Indian Institute of Science team to create infrastructure for non-motorised transportation in Bangalore, also spent six months in Chandigarh in 2010. He studied how meeting places could be created in the periphery. Alongside, he came up with a project to make one sector vehicle-free and see its impact. Assisting him were Chandigarh College of Architecture students.

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Concept of smart cities created by IT companies

Article in Times of India 4 March 2015.

The government’s proposal to create 100 smart cities in the country which boast of world class amenities maybe a step in the right direction, but, the use of technology-driven services is a disconcerting point, architect-urbanist and thinker Henrik Valeur said at a talk-cum-informal discussion late Wednesday evening.

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Reflections on Henrik Valeur’s Talk on Development Urbanism

Review in Hyderabad Urban Lab, 3 February 2015.

On Sunday, 1st February 2015, HUL and Lamakaan hosted a talk and presentation by architect-urbanist Henrik Valeur titled “Development Urbanism: An alternative to the ‘Smart City’ concept”. The following post is a reflection on some of the key themes touched upon in the talk.

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