Documenting Urbanisation Through a Global Lens

Dhaka, Bangladesh

The travelling exhibition, People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization, will visit 10 countries over the course of the year aiming to promote dialogue on inclusive urbanisation and climate change.

Author Anna Rees, 05.07.13

The travelling exhibition, People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization, will visit 10 countries over the course of the year aiming to promote dialogue on inclusive urbanisation and climate change.

Coordinated by Global Studio and Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Urban Development, “People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization” (PBBC) documents innovative urban planning projects worldwide and is a collaborative initiative, garnering input from urbanisation specialists from across the globe. To highlight the truly global nature of the exhibition, PBBC will be making stops at locations worldwide throughout 2013, including India.

The exhibition takes a bottom-up approach, looking at what’s happening at the community level with regards to inclusive urban development. Through a series of photos, videos, interactive displays and case-studies, the exhibition showcases effective strategies for addressing issues related to urban development and migration, documenting on-the-ground initiatives in India, South Africa, Haiti, Brazil and Thailand among others.

Running parallel to the exhibition is a suite of events and conferences, each looking to address topics relating to urban development within the host city. Using the exhibition as a catalyst, the team behind PBBC is looking foster international networks and further global dialogue about inclusive urbanisation in the face of climate change, addressing issues such as population growth, urban planning, citizen engagement and inequality.  

The exhibition will make a stop in New Delhi sometime between August and December this year (the exact date has yet to be announced), highlighting three community-based projects that the research-based think tank Global Studio undertook in Bhopal in 2012.

Currently on show in Sydney and Rio de Janeiro, the exhibition will soon travel to Johannesburg, with stops in Bangladesh, China, India, Kenya, the Philippines and the USA planned for later in the year. Head to their website (also a handy reference tool with links to numerous peer-reviewed articles and essays, organisations and think-tanks all dealing with all manner of urbanisation-related topics) for all the information.

Author: Anna Rees/ RESET editorial

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