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This is a small presentation on how SRDP as an aesthetic project is problematic in the city of Ahmedabad.

This is a small presentation on how SRDP as an aesthetic project is problematic in the city of Ahmedabad.



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  • Sabarmati Riverfront Development project Megacities as myths of beauty
  • Geography/demography of conflict:
  • History of the city Known for its textile mills, Gandhi Ashram, Muslim architecture and communal violence City‟s history allows a range of vocabulary, elements one can choose from and mobilize in order to articulate different imaginations Marred by communal conflicts, seen as an economic hub, abysmal income disparity between west and east Since 2000s focus on development but skewed Time period in focus: Narendra Modi govt+ IT boom View slide
  •  Promise of the metropolis: IT boom and the rise of the megacity Megacity= 10 million or above, Ahmedabad=50 million+ Inside urbanising Asia: Darshini Mahadevia Essential to look into: governance, financing infrastructure and hence a pattern of selective development. This is background, it will show how the narrative of development is problematic and serves only middle class imagination. View slide
  • The ‘Manchester of the East’
  • To the ‘east of Manchester’
  •  50% of dwelling in east Ahmedabad is slums and chawls To get title of Megacity, sudden expansion of AUDA limits, inclusion of many more areas, reaching population targets 80% of the displaced population is Muslims State to protect you from yourself: Slum dwellers identified as living in unhygienic conditions, in low lying flood prone areas Most are hawkers, lower income class, grocers: obsolete occupations in a modern city
  • East city ecology Gurjari Bazar (flea market): 1200 permanent hawkers and 1000 temporary workers Circus in the river valley: old dying tradition of pitching circus tents in the riverfront area since this is a seasonal river East city preserved as „old heritage‟ (congested, polluted) and West city fit for modernization
  • SRFD: whose dream? Rs 12,000 million budget 11.5 km long riverfront Land reclamation FSI (floor space index) rules changed 30,000 living households on the river banks Largest slum displacement in the history of Post partition Gujarat On paper rehabilitation for 4000 people offered so far Performative-festivals to claim land Rehabilitated to „downtown Ahmedabad‟
  • Myth of the Megacity:
  • Excerpts of the imagined city: “It‟s like a dream that one lives. Waking up by the river, driving down the riverside; board meeting with vast blue vista in the background and then a cruise across the water for a power lunch on the other bank. And then, a dinner on the gloating restaurant with family to chill out…In the midst of concrete and steel that is the dream that city planners are conjuring for apnu Amdavad.”
  •  On two stretches of 11.5 km, the future of a decaying city takes shape. It will create a central business district on the waterfront which will rub shoulders with world‟s best- Melbourne which has only 800m and Singapore, 1.2km…the tallest of buildings in Gujarat…and ghats for religious activities.”
  • State authorized vandalism City as an aesthetic object, a site for performative art: lifetsyle, cultural traditions, rituals, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati: the relationship of the city (as a populated space) and the river, will it be altered by this? Embellishing vandalism: Dario Gamboni Logic of e-governance: sacrifice for a greater good