Bangalore International Centre had arranged the Book release and Discussion of “A Place for Utopia – Urban Designs from South Asia” authored by Smriti Srinivas on 19th December, 2015 at 6.00 PM. The Book was released by Dr. Ramachandra Guha who chaired and moderated the discussion on the book. Mr. V Narasimhan well-known architect and urban planner was present as the discussant.
Ms. Smriti Srinivas through a power powerpoint presentation explained about the challenging canvas of understanding South Asia’s urban past, present, and future, through her book which is based on ethnographic and archival research and explored several utopian designs from the early twentieth century to the present. It connected cities such as princely Indore to colonial and postcolonial Madras and to global Bangalore and Los Angeles. It also illuminated ideas and practices of designing a "good" place--whether sacred shrines, gardens, zoos, homes, places for children, or pedestrian transit zones--by religious movements such as Theosophy and Vedanta, urban planners such as Patrick Geddes, and gurus, pilgrims, migrants, and city-dwellers in several cities.
The illuminating comments and observations made by Dr. Guha and Mr. V Narasimhan enhanced the value of the expositions made by Ms. Smriti Srinivas.
The erudite discussion,. Interspersed with wit, delighted the large audience.