NIAS Exhibition: "Speculative Urbanism: 'A Multimedia Exhibit on the Remaking of Bengaluru" is on display at Indian Institute of Human Settlements

Speculative Urbanism: A Multimedia Exhibit on the Remaking of Bengaluru


We cordially invite you to visit the ‘Speculative Urbanism’ exhibition, which is on display at the Indian Institute of Human Settlements, Bangalore from September 26 to October 5, 2019.


The exhibit maps the dramatic remaking of Bengaluru in recent decades. As the city’s landscape is transformed by large-scale real estate and infrastructure projects, a research team from the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru and the University of Minnesota, USA have been researching the consequences of this development. The exhibition brings together photography, video, audio, poetry, and material artefacts from their research sites that compare dense city neighbourhoods with the periphery where the transformation from agricultural land into urban real estate is ongoing. The sociologists and geographers working on the project use the term ‘speculative urbanism’ to highlight the type of urban development occurring in Bengaluru, and elsewhere in the world, that seems more rooted in the imaginaries and business models of financial investors and speculators than in the city’s social and ecological realities.


Text for the exhibition, which is in Kannada and English, draws on fieldwork from Malleshwaram West, Devanahalli, and Varthur.


The exhibition is open from Thursday, September 26 till Saturday, October 5, between 10.30 am and 6.00 pm. (Closed on September 29 and October 2.)


Venue: Indian Institute of Human Settlements, 16th Cross Road, Sadashivnagar, Bangalore-80 


For further details, please contact Ms. Juwairia Mehkri:  

Thursday, September 26, 2019 to Saturday, October 5, 2019
Organised by: 
Urban and Mobility Studies Programme. NIAS
Indian Institute of Human Settlements