After successful discussions on Architecture, Music, Food, Theatre and Fashion, Multipolis Mumbai brings you its sixth edition 'Environment and the City'. This dialogue, brought to you by Avid Learning in association with StudioX and TimeOut Mumbai is once again a knowledge-driven and thought provoking conversation on the relationship between Environment and Mumbai and their influence on one another - paying special focus on saving mangroves and increasing open spaces in the city.
CAT is led by Debi Goenka, one of India’s well-known conservationists. Debi Goenka has been working in the field of environmental protection in India since 1975, and has pioneered several successful campaigns to protect the natural environment. Some of the most notable success stories have been the protection of mangroves, the protection of the Borivali National Park, and the success in protecting over 3,500 square kilometers of forests in Vidarbha from denotification. He has also been involved in campaigns to prevent the denotification of the Melghat Tiger Sanctuary, the notification of Dahanu Taluka as an ecologically sensitive area, the protection of the coastal areas of Murud Janjira, the declaration of the Nandur - Madhameshwar bird sanctuary, as well as the campaign against Enron.Read more
P K Das’ priority has been to establish a very close relation between architecture and people by involving them in a participatory planning process. His firm P K Das and Associates’ wide spectrum of work includes projects in urban planning and design, architecture, interiors and social and environmental sectors. With more than 150 projects to his credit, his current planning and architectural works include townships, industries, a stadium, museum, public places of historical significance, Mumbai’s waterfronts, holiday homes, clubs and resorts, schools and institutes, corporate offices and call centers, large-scale housing and individual residences.Das is also actively involved in organizing slum dwellers for better living and evolving affordable housing models, engaging in policy framework for mass housing, reclaiming public space in Mumbai by developing the waterfronts, urban renewal and conservation projects. He has been widely published and has also delivered talks and lectures across the world. His work in the development of Mumbai’s coastline and his slum rehab projects have won him several national and international awards including the first Urban Age award conferred to the Mumbai Waterfronts Centre whose Chairperson is P K Das. With an extremely strong emphasis on participatory planning, he hopes to integrate architecture and democracy to bring about desired social and physical regeneration in the country. Das was the only Indian speaker invited to the UIA-2008 Congress held in Torino. On 24th January 2009 he delivered the key-note address at a conference at the School of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham, UK. Subsequently Das has been a key-note speaker at the Morgen / Tomorrow Congress in Amsterdam in October, 2009.Read more
Rishi Aggarwal is Co-founder Lokhandwala Complex Environmental Action Group and Co-Founder Mangrove Society of India (Mumbai Chapter). He has been Hon. Jt. Secretary and Founder of the Mumbai Environmental Social Network. He has also served as Project Director, Mumbai Helpline, United Way Mumbai and as a Project Officer with the Bombay First, a citizens action group.Read more