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Cities: Between Metaphor & Reality

How the empirical and the scientific can sustain together. – By Narendra Dengle.

Narendra Dengle talks about the inherent contradictions in the much discussed ‘Smart-City’ idea that has captured political imagination by inclining the argument in favour of a city which has a place for all and not just the economy which builds it.

Once a client of mine discussed at length the requirements of an institutional project and stressed the importance of being rational, functional, economic, and energy conscious in approach. We agreed. The next day he called up to say, “Please make it Eco-friendly.” We said, ‘Oh yes’. Then he dropped by to insist that the Continue reading Cities: Between Metaphor & Reality

Himalayan Cities; Settlement Patterns, Public Places and Architecture

Book by Pratyush Shankar.

Following years of travel, documentation and engagement, Pratyush Shankar authors a rich, intimate monograph: an insight into the unique, diverse, versatile and complex human habitats of the Himalayas illustrated with Photographs, Sketches and Drawings.

A Spread from the Book. The book is beautifully laid out and richly illustrated.
A Spread from the Book. The book is beautifully laid out and richly illustrated.

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CITIES FOR ALL – XI Metropolis World Congress

What: METROPOLIS focuses its international engagement with cities and metropolitan regions by examining the cultural, economic, social and political influence on the growth and development of cities around the world. Since its inception in 1984, METROPOLIS worked closely with member cities and international partners to further enforce the idea of solidarity among cities as fundamental to address the global issues of cities in the 21st century. As METROPOLIS is about to turn 30 , the 11th METROPOLIS World Congress, planned in Hyderabad, India will focus on the idea of ‘Cities for All’ and will be an opportunity to hear from key elected representatives who, over the past 30 years, have  developed their metropolises. It will also be the occasion to listen to and interact with Urban India´s prominent experts, decision makers, mayors, and open new avenues between cities and metropolitan regions. In addition to the renewal of the statutory bodies, METROPOLIS will also take advantage of this urban agora to showcase the many ongoing projects the network is running:  the Initiatives programs, the METROPOLIS International Training Institute (MITI), the Women Network, the launch of its new Youth Network and to establish the main priorities of its new Action Plan for the 2015/2017 period. The tentative panel of speakers includes Jean-Paul Huchon, President of Metropolis and President of Ile-de-France Region; Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona, JOHN MANT, Councillor, City of Sydney; Paul James, Director of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme and many others.

The award ceremony for the 5th edition of METROPOLIS Awards will take place concurrently.

When: 7-10 October 2014

Where: Hyderabad, India

Contact:
XI Metropolis World Congress Secretariat
3rd Floor, South Block,
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation,
Tankbund Road, Hyderabad-500063,
Telangana, India

T: +91 40 23222182, +91 40 23220172
E: hydmetropolis2014@gmail.com
W: www.hyderabad2014.metropolis.org