[Reader-list] The open space friday evening lecture series

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Tue Dec 6 22:32:50 IST 2005

The Pune we have
The Pune we want
The Open Space Friday Evening Lecture Series

Friday, December 9, 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Open Space
The Centre for Communication and Development Studies (CCDS) and its
civil society outreach programme Open Space has initiated a process to
invite and involve citizens' participation in the governance of Pune.
The ordinary citizen's participation in urban governance is determined
either by the issues highlighted in the mainstream media, or the
extent to which particular problems – of water supply, garbage
disposal, state of the roads, erratic power supply etc – impact their
own lives. But so far, citizens' action in urban governance has
remained confined to single issues. A coalition of concerned citizens,
urban planners, architects, researchers and activists from Pune is now
attempting to involve citizens in a broad-based and sustained
citizens' campaign for participation in the governance of their city.

As an initial step towards building this citizens' participation, CCDS
is organising a series of lectures on topics of importance to the
future of the city. These lectures will be delivered by noted
specialists in their field, who are not just experts but also see Pune
as their home and are concerned about where it is headed. Many of
these speakers are already working at guiding and shaping Pune's

Kiran Kalamdani, expert in the fields of Urban Design, Architectural
and Urban Conservation will be speaking on the issue of heritage
conservation in and around Pune at the Friday Evening Lecture Series
at Open Space on Friday, December 9, 2005. His lecture will address
issues like the interaction between new development and conservation
of the city fabric with special focus on the role being played by
various groups and a quick overview of ideas, trends and practices.
This will be followed by some case studies from in and around Pune.

Kiran Kalamdani has held various positions like Practising Architect,
Urban Designer and Conservation Consultant as Partner in "Kimaya"
since 1990. He is a member of several professional organisations, such
as the Council of Architecture, New Delhi; the Indian Institute of
Architects; INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural
Heritage) and AESA (Architects, Engineers, Surveyors' Association,
Pune). In 1998 he published a book titled "India, 50 years of
Independence – Status, Growth and Development".

The Friday Evening Lecture series will deal with urban governance
issues that are at the core of the city's character, the issues that
make the city what it is. These speakers will provide a baseline of
information and knowledge and the lectures will serve as a foundation
to build a vision of what this city could be. These lectures on Pune's
infrastructure and runaway development and growth will be collated and
made available on the Open Space website

Venue: 5th floor, Venumadhav Bldg, 14th lane, Prabhat Road (Opp Income
Tax Office), Pune 411 004, Ph No: 020 25457371
Date: Friday, December, 9, 2005
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

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