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Urban Planning theory and practice in diverse environments

Pushpa Arabindoo at meetings in Moscow and Naples

Urban Planning theory and practice in diverse environments

Dr Pushpa Arabindoo has travelled widely during the summer. In early July, as a co-director of UCL Urban Laboratory, with Professor Jane Rendell (Bartlett School of Architecture) and Dr Ger Duijzings, (Reader in Anthropology, SSEES), she collaborated with researchers and architects from the Higher School of Economics, Russian State University for the Humanities, and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, in conducting a two-week summer school "Interactive Moscow: Spatial theories, Practices, and Interventions". Held at the Strelka Institute For Media, Architecture and Design, from 4-12 July, 2012, the workshop was attended by more than twenty students to apply the discourse of creative intervention and insurgent planning on key sites in Moscow.

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Pushpa was also invited to the Sixth World Urban Forum, Naples, Italy, by the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Nigeria, to speak at their session, “Safety in numbers: Building sustainable mega-cities with communities and business”. Providing a comparative perspective from Chennai, India, she addressed the challenges facing the urban poor in terms of eviction and resettlement, as mega-cities in the global South pursue an agenda of 'world-class cities'. Organised by the UN-Habitat, the forum was held from 2-6 September.



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