Press Release
Film Series
Center for Architecture
Jugaad Urbanism:
Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities

February 10 - May 21, 2011
At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place

Set in the radically uneven urban landscapes of Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune, India, Jugaad Urbanism explores how the energy of citizens "making-do" is translated by architects, urban planners, and governmental and nongovernmental entities into efficient and inventive strategies for sustainable urban growth. From energy generating spinning wheels to the extensive skywalks of Mumbai – the exhibition highlights how "jugaad" interventions (a term in Hindi used to describe an innovative, resourceful approach) are challenging traditional spatial hierarchies and mechanistic planning principles.
The work of Indian artists, including Raqs Media Collective, will also be included in the exhibition, offering insights into the complex and oft cited "messy" urbanism of India.
Curator: Kanu Agrawal
Exhibition design and graphics: Popular Architecture and Omnivore
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Exhibition and related programs are organized by AIA New York in partnership with the Center for Architecture Foundation, the India China Institute at The New School , the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) and the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects (SIAEA).
Jugaad Urbanism is supported in part by grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Beverages generously provided by:

Kingfisher Lager
Grapevine Merchants
The exhibition was also made possible through the generous support of the following:


Grapevine Merchants
Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects
Bittersweet NYC
Kingfisher Lager
Benjamin Moore
Ibex Construction
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Perkins Eastman
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
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