Dharavi Slum for Sale Premiere /
Jugaad Urbanism Exhibition Preview

SVA Silas Theatre
23rd Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues
November 19th, 7-9:30pm

Jugaad Urbanism

Please join the Center for Architecture and the Consulate General of Switzerland, along with exhibition partners: the Indo-American Arts Council, The New School and the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects for a preview of the exhibition Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities (February 10 – May 14, 2011)and premiere of the film Dharavi, Slum for Sale, by Lutz Konermann.

Program: 7:00-8:45pm


Ms Sabine Ulmann Shaban, Deputy Consul General of Switzerland


Margaret Castillo, 2011 AIA New York Chapter President

Curator’s preview of Jugaad Urbanism
Kanu Agrawal

Introduction – Dharavi, Slum for Sale
Aroon Shivdasani, Executive Director, Indo-American Arts Council
Screening of Dharavi, Slum for Sale (80 min.)

Film maker’s remarks and Q & A
Lutz Konermann


Reception: 8:45 – 9:30pm

Tickets available online at Limited seats. Tickets and Donations are 100% tax deductable.

  • Individual - $50 ($75 at the door)
  • Corporate Friend - $1000 (10 tickets and recognition as supporter of the exhibition at the Friend level)
  • Donation (will not be attending)

With generous support from the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York
Special thanks to Umberto Dindo, AIA, Secretary, AIA New York Chapter

Set in the radically uneven urban landscapes of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai, India, Jugaad Urbanism explores how the energy of citizens "making-do" is translated by designers, architects, NGOs, and governmental entities into efficient and inventive strategies for sustainable urban growth. From slum resettlement projects such as the reconfigured plot by Cybermohalla in Delhi to infrastructure projects like the newly implemented skywalks of Mumbai — the exhibition (February 10 – May 14, 2011) highlights how "jugaad" interventions (a Hindi term that describes an innovative, resourceful approach) are challenging traditional spatial hierarchies and mechanistic planning principles.

Dharavi, Slum for Sale documents the complexities of recent development strategies for the Dharavi slum outside of Mumbai.  For further information:

The Indo-American Arts Council is a 501 ©3 not-for-profit secular arts organization passionately dedicated to promoting, showcasing and building an awareness of artists of Indian origin in the performing arts, visual arts, literary arts and folk arts. For information please visit

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