Chicago: What’s in it for Indian Cities? A Dialogue (CII Event)

image001India is in the midst of a massive economic, technological and social transformation. Key among India’s challenges is how it will deal with its extraordinarily rapid population growth, increasing urbanization, housing, urban planning, transportation, pollution and global warming, among others. These are challenges that all emerging 21st century economies must contend with, and they have created problems, too, for world class American cities, such as Chicago.

Like many new metropolitan areas in India today, Chicago’s population and its skyline exploded dramatically during the first half of the 20th Century. And like Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, Chicago’s growth was, in many ways, haphazard and unstructured and, consequently, contained the seeds of subsequent trouble. At mid-century, Chicago stood at a crucial tipping point. Many observers decried its uninterrupted, unchecked, growth and declared that Chicago was on the verge of collapse. Yet, a few short decades later, Chicago is a City reborn. An international destination, Chicago’s skyline is envied around the world. Chicago’s architects are in the midst of a creative renaissance. It is a story that might be particularly compelling and important for civic-minded leaders within India as it strides confidently into the future.

With this background, CII, in association with IIT, has invited internationally acclaimed architects and other design professionals from Chicago to share key lessons learned there, both successes and failures, which should be invaluable to Indian decision makers, both public and private. Our guests from Chicago are in the vanguard of architects who are reshaping Chicago’s skyline, revitalizing its public and private spaces and, also, working around the globe. This conference is a “Must Attend” event for anyone concerned with the future and quality of India’s built environment. As the Indian economy rebounds from the international economic crisis, this is one conference you should not miss. CII and IIT invite you to be a part of this important exchange of ideas.

Key Speakers

  • Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi, Accommodation Times
  • Firdose A Vandrevala, Hirco
  • Donna Robertson, FAIA, John & Jeanne Rowe, Chair IIT
  • Zurich Esposito, AIA Chicago
  • Lynn Osmond, Chicago Architecture Foundation
  • Mark Sexton, Krueck & Sexton
  • Prof Gaur Ray, IIT Mumbai
  • Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang
  • Joe Gonzalez, DeStefano & Partners
  • Dr Sujit Chatterjee, Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital
  • Jim Pritchett, Loebl Schlossman & Hackl
  • Luis Collado, STL Architects
  • José Luis de la Fuente, STL Architects
  • Gregg Garmisa, WMA Consulting Engineers Ltd

The take-aways:

  • Dialogue and networking opportunities
  • Valuable insights for guiding cities future growth
  • The intellectual capital earned at this conference will help India in its bid to manage its growth independently and responsibly
  • Attendees will see concrete examples of inspired architecture and urban design from Chicago that can translate directly to the cities skyline and public amenities
  • Panelists and conferees will wrestle with new ideas and forge collaborative associations
  • Learn from challenges and successes of Chicago and about best practices related to sustainable design and construction in the urban context

Who should attend?

  • Architects and Urban Planners
  • Academics
  • Banks and investors
  • Government officials
  • Real estate developers
  • Leaders and manufacturers in the drive for sustainable design and construction practices in the built environment
  • Construction professionals

For Registration/Sponsorship, please contact:
Bijal Gala/ Haresh
Phone: 022 66611692, 24931790 Extn: 449/446
Fax: 022-24939463

0945 hrs: Friday, 4 December 2009: 2nd Floor, IDC Auditorium, Industrial Design Centre, IIT, Powai, Mumbai 400076

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