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CITIES in the 21st Century - Bangalore forward, but what about the rest? - 16 February 2004

CITIES in the 21st Century
Bangalore forward, but what about the rest?

An Exposition/Public Workshop organized by Students of the International Honours Programme, Boston University in collaboration with Environment Support Group, Bangalore
18 February 2004, 2.00 pm to 6.30 pm, Inst of Agricultural Technologists Hall, Queen’s Road, Bangalore

16 February 2004

Dear Sir or Madam:

On behalf of the International Honors Programs of Boston, Massachusetts, USA and Environment Support Group, Bangalore we invite you to participate in the 2nd annual exposition/public workshop on “Cities in the 21st Century”. This is an innovative exercise to reflect on the directions cities are taking as we enter the 21st century.

Mr. D. R. Shivakumar, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development, Government of Karnataka has kindly consented to grace the occasion and respond to issues raised during the workshop.

Briefly to introduce ourselves:

The International Honors Program promotes international understanding through educational programs. We are a group of 31 students and three faculty members who are part of a programme entitled “Cities in the 21st Century” based in Bangalore, but exploring the cities of Mangalore, Mysore, Dandeli, and Raichur in Karnataka as well, by studying their histories, planning, politics, economics, ecology and anthropology. New York and Boston in USA, Cape Town in South Africa and Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba in Brazil form the other case-study cities in our Program. Environment Support Group of Bangalore is coordinating our program of study here, and we are looking forward to your participation in this annual initiative.

Structure of the Workshop:

Based on our exposure to cities in Karnataka region, we will install a multi-media exposition on various issues of urban concern, and this will be open to the public for comment. The idea is to highlight a variety of perspectives creatively, and thus enable an interaction with the local public’s own perspectives on such issues. In addition, the event will showcase a panel discussion on the topic, “Bangalore forward, but what about the rest?”. Thereby, we hope a cross cultural interaction will be enabled between us, students from various universities in the United States, and the local public. Various thematic representations would lead to different sets of opinions being raised.

This exposition/public workshop will be on February 18, 2004 from 2:00 to 6.30 pm at the Institute of Agricultural Technologists, on Queens Road, Bangalore 560001. The first part of the programme will be the exposition between 2:00 to 3:30 pm, with tea, and this will be followed by the panel-led public workshop between 3:30 to 6:30 pm.

Panel Discussions:

Leading subject experts in a variety of disciplines will participate in three distinct panel discussions entitled “Planning & Governance;” “Liveability & Sustainability;” and “Culture, Society, & Globalization,” all focusing on the limits of economic growth throughout Karnataka, and the structure of this workshop will be extremely facilitative of inclusive discussions.

Mr. Jai Sen, a participant in and researcher on the civil movement in India, has agreed to synthesise the discussions of the entire programme. A report of this unique interaction will be compiled and presented to the Government

We do hope you will accept our invitation and join us!

Please contact us at 26341977 or 26534364 or for any clarification or information.

Thank you for your time.


Jason Davis and Christina Greavu for IHP Students and Faculty
Leo F Saldanha and Bhargavi S Rao for Environment Support Group


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1st Main Road, S. R. K. Gardens, Jayanagar,
Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore 560041. INDIA.

Telefax: 91-80-26341977/26531339

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