The future of our city

Christian Dobrick,
Landscape Architect & Horticulturalist, West 8 

Nandini Somaya Sampat,
Principal Architect, Somaya & Kalappa Consultants

Giulia Ambrogi,
Co-founder, St+Art India Foundation

Kunal Maniar
Founding Partner & Principal Architect, Kunal Maniar & Associates

Madhav Raman
Co-founder & Principal Architect, Anagram Architects

Parks, plazas, roads, footpaths or intersections—public spaces in India are seldom utilised (let alone empathetically designed) in a democratic public sense. They are either encroached, enclosed, littered, or unlit—making them inaccessible, inhospitable and often even hostile. There is a constant battle between who owns the space, who cares for it, and who can use it. Is it essential to create a place in order to claim the space? How can individuals and communities occupy public space to make it their own? The experts on this panl take this up as a challenge to conjure practical, doable solutions to build a collective and conscious city.