Bangalore : "THE OPEN CITY project"
how cities are responding to increased globalization and new levels of hetrogenity, while recognizing and reaffirming cities as sites of inclusion, centers of civic culture and openness, and drivers of social and economic change. questions:
How do we continue to make cities truly open to new people and cultures? To new ideas and technology?
How important is the "virtual city" of new information technologies? And to whom? Who is "in" and who is "out" of these "global" networks?
How do we build cities that represent unbounded opportunity, edge and excitement for everyone?
The New Walled Cities: The End of the Open City? (europe/america and comparison to whether bangalore would head that way)
In recent years, fortified spaces in the form of gated communities, malls, and tourist bubbles have multiplied in urban areas. Outside these walls are neighborhoods of intense poverty with inadequate schools, housing, and social services. Is this the city of the future, or are there strategies that can reduce the social inequalities that build the walled city?
If someone has visited Delhi, the well to do residential areas and DDA apts are all gated communities, just outside them lies the reality of the city. Even in the suburbs and residential developments in mumbai (lokhandwala complex) we have a sharp contrast of a slum right next to a $200,000 apartment. Bangalore is slowly moving that way in developers creating successful gated communities in the better resdential areas, but the 'blur' occurs when we move to the periphery of these areas.
Economic Development in Bangalore's Immigrant Communities (from other states) - Challenges and Opportunities
Bangalore's immigrant communities play a vital role in sustaining the city's economy and social fabric. However, the dramatically shifting political climate, economic up's & down's, and segmented labor markets pose formidable barriers to the sustainable economic development of many of these communities. It is therefore important to discuss the impacts of the mostsignificant of these and other challenges and explore successful strategies for promoting economic development in immigrant communities.
Does Open Access Mean an Open City?
The Consequences of Civic and Community Networks
Will building community and civic networks increase participation in government and access to information? We have to address this question based on our experiences with planning, funding, building, and participating in civic and community networks, and he have to explore the nature of networks and help planners and citizens understand the multiple variables involved in their creation and operation.
Bridging the Digital Job Divide
The widespread application of computer technology has led to a growing demand for "knowledge workers." Building a workforce able to "think for a living" has become critical for cities like Bangalore. Yet women, (poor families and backward classes) have limited access to well-paying knowledge jobs. We have to address the efforts to prepare disadvantaged urban residents for success in a knowledge economy.