Urban Aspirations for Global Cities

Urban Aspirations for Global Cities

The “Urban Aspirations in Global Cities” project is an international academic collaboration between Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research (PUKAR), the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and Max Planck Institute (MPI). The project aims to compare post-colonial mega-cities in Asia, including Mumbai, Singapore and Shanghai, and understand how the urban community of rapidly growing mega-cities impacts the development of urban aspirations. The project intends to be a platform for a community of researchers to collaborate and interact with each other.
The city has been the locus of all civilisations; the rise and fall of civilisations appear to be integral to the rise and fall of cities with which they are associated. Not surprisingly, the city or the urban form has attracted the attention of scholars with varying disciplinary background. In recent times, globalization has brought urban centers together, both within individual countries and internationally. Whether it is boom or meltdown in the economy, religious celebrations or racial attacks, democratic elections or military takeover, no city in the world today can remain unaffected. While the impact of globalization on urban centers, beneficial or deleterious, has been widespread, of special interest to urbanoligists is the transformation of some metropolises in different countries into ‘global cities’. There is more to these cities than economic prowess or political position. Berlin (Germany), London (UK), Mumbai (India), New York (USA), Paris (France), Shanghai and Hong Kong (China), and Singapore are cases in point. These global cities have become focal points both within their country and internationally.
It was with the aim of studying the global city of Mumbai that the India chapter of the “Urban Aspirations in Global Cities” (UAGC) project was conceived. Commenced in December 2010, the project attempts to explore the city through primary research done by young scholars of TISS, MPI and PUKAR and document contemporary research on the city, available in the form of reports, research monographs, films and other textual and visual material.
To know more about the Urban Aspirations in Global Cities project, visit us at our website. To view and participate in our interactive blog for urban scholars, visit us here. To peruse our research database, please go here. This project is ongoing; so do return to find new material and updated information.
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