Talk of the Town #02: Act

We are honoured to announce that Dr. Ashwin Mahesh, Bindu Nair and Prof. Dirk Hebel will give the lectures at the second session of the Talk of the Town lecture series, being organised by Goethe Institute, Bangalore and MOD Institute.

The first lecture began with Richard Saul Wurman’s famous call for “making the city observable” to interrogate different practices of SEEeing the city through cartography and other visual means and how those shape our everyday urban experiences and decisions.

The second lecture ‘ACT’ will have urban practitioners and actors discussing and comparing various strategies and tactics undertaken by them to intervene in city processes. The discussion will focus on how specific ways of ‘acting’ or ‘intervening’ in the city can create or dismantle urban hierarchies, and also what examples of ‘acting’ in the city can be found in the urban discourse in India.


Dr. Ashwin Mahesh is with the Center for Public Policy at IIM Bangalore. A PhD in atmospheric remote sensing from the University of Washington, his expertise lies in exploring the expanding role of technology amd IT and its creative use in urban traffic management in the future. He is co-founder of India Together and Mapunity.

Bindu Nair is Principal Planner at HCP Design and Project Management Pvt. Ltd. She is a geographer urban & regional planner with extensive experience in the field of statutory urban and regional planning, including physical planning, building basemaps, land use studies for statutory development plans and interpreting satellite imageries for urban land cover.

Prof. Dirk E. Hebel is currently holds the Assistant Professor for Architecture and Construction at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. He is part of the research team at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore, a cooperation of the National Research Fund Singapore and the ET H Zürich. He also practices architecture in Switzerland and Germany
with his firm DRKH Architecture.

The session will be moderated by Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed, a journalist with Frontline. In his journalistic career he has covered a wide variety of issues ranging from state politics, religious and other conflicts, development issues and has also written regularly on film.


6:00 pm – Opening

6:20 pm – Welcome:
Christoph Bertrams, Director, Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore
V. Naresh Narasimhan, MOD Institute, Bangalore/Berlin

6:30 pm – Lecture
Dr. Ashwin Mahesh, Center for Public Policy, IIM Bangalore
Bindu Nair, HCP Design and Project Management Pvt. Ltd.
Prof. Dirk E. Hebel, ETH Zurich/Singapore
Moderation: Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed, Frontline


The lecture will be held on Thursday, 29th March, 2012, at 6:00 pm in Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, located in 716 CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st Stage.

Please R.S.V.P. for the event at mail[at]

Download the event flyer here.

Link to the Goethe-Institut page for the lecture series.

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