PREVIEW FOR TALK ON DEVELOPMENT URBANISM: AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE "SMART CITY" CONCEPT BY HENRIK VALEUR
Henrik Valeur is an architect-urbanist, an independent researcher and the founder and creative director of UiD - a networking urban consultancy and a pioneer organization in the field of collaborative and participatory planning and design. As the curator of the Danish pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2006, he conceived and orchestrated the project, Co-Evolution: Danish/Chinese Collaboration on Sustainable Urban Development in China, which was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Pavilion. He recently published the book India: the Urban Transition - a Case Study of Development Urbanism, which is based on his experiences teaching, researching and practicing in India since 2010. The book was commended by the distinguished Indian architect Rahul Mehrotra, Prof. and Chair of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University, who said: "The fine grain reading of issues in the Indian city is an important contribution so is the attempt to connect so many dots to make sense of the moving targets we encounter in Urbanism in India."