In 2010 I was awarded a three-year fellowship at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU along with nine other scholars, artists, engineers, writers. I collaborated with Michael McQuarrie, a sociologist at the London School of Economics, and Naresh Fernades, a journalist from Mumbai, on an interdisciplinary project called “The Infrastructures of Citizenship,” which looks at how the built environment of cities enables or constrains city-dwellers ability to constitute themselves in groups with specific political claims. Our primary case study is the neighborhood of Golibar, Mumbai. We co-authored an article entitled "The Field of Struggle, the Office, and the Flat: Protest and Aspiration in a Mumbai Slum" which was published in Public Culture. The same issue also includes a "manifesto" of mine, in which I sought to conceptualize a relationship between cinematic montage and the history of the incremental tradition in design and planning, using my work on Informal Urbanisms as a case study. I also produced a photo essay of images I'd taken in Berlin and Mumbai as part of "The Infrastructures of Citizenship" project, which was exhibited at the Institute for Public Knowledge throughout 2013.
Index: Writing, Urbanism, Research, Berlin, Mumbai