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Cities in crisis - Chennai

Pushpa Arabindoo interviewed for French thinktank

Cities in crisis - Chennai

Dr Pushpa Arabindoo was invited to discuss her work in the Indian city of Chennai with Raphaël Languillon-Aussel, Senior Fellow of the French thinktank, La Fabrique de la Cité, as part of its round-the-world tour of "cities in crisis".

They discussed the situation in Chennai, one of the 100 nominated cities in India's Smart Cities mission, during the COVID 19 pandemic. The city’s essentially informal activities face acute challenges, dependant as they are on the perceived benefits of crowds, density and informality.

‘The crowd’, however, is nowadays often seen as generating big data, lying at the heart of all urban digital business models, supporting various aspects of the sharing economy, including crowdfunding or crowdsourcing

But how can such economic and social resources be engaged during the COVID 19 pandemic? How can the digital crowd on which the smart city depends be sustained while also observing the public health requirement limiting crowds as viral reservoirs?

Are Indian Pandemic Cities and Smart Cities still mutually viable? In each case, are we even talking about the same crowd?

For the full interview (in English), see: https://vimeo.com/425296432

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Pushpa interviewed by Raphaël Languillon-Aussel


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