- 8:00 p.m.
This talk analyzes how the American planning idea of the
"neighborhood unit" was imported and appropriated in post-independence
India, and what that means for how Indian cities actually develop over
time. Using insights from cultural studies, anthropology, and
historiography, the talk explains the adaptation of the concept in the
Indian context, especially in the spatial transformation of a
neighborhood in the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Sanjeev Vidyarthi is an assistant professor in
urban planning and policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
His doctoral research investigates the travel and travails of the
American neighborhood unit in India and explains how different urban
actors appropriated the concept over time. Apart from international
exchanges of planning ideas, his research interests include
city-building processes, urban theory and design, and globalization and
The talk is sponsored by the MA Theories of Urban
Practice Program, and organized by the School of Design Strategies at