Development and the city

Re-imagining urban development
Across the developing world, urban ‘development’ programs are transforming and re shaping urban landscapes. Private and public spaces are being reconfigured to make way for new or improved roads, pavements, malls, cafes and restaurants. Notions of aesthetic appeal and functionality underpin these changes which are not only transforming the urban landscape but also constructing a new way of life and a new urban personality. But what is our vision for the city we live in? What kinds of social relationships and ties do we want to have with our fellow citizens? How does this vision intersect with our ideals of identity, belonging and citizenship? This panel discussion attempts to explore these and other questions by revisiting urban development in the context of changing spaces and lifestyles and the implications on individual and collective sense of identity and belonging. In this parallel session, we hope to bring together a group of participants; planners, funders and citizens for an interactive session to critique current models of urban development and explore alternative ways to develop the City.

Wednesday 12th December, 2012 9.00 am to 11.30 am Mihilaka Medura, BMICH, Colombo 7
This is a Parallel Session organised under Reimagining Development: An Ideas Exchange, to be held on 11th and 12th of December at the above venue. Attendance to this Session is only by prior registration. If you wish to attend, email: or call 011-4690200 For details of the Ideas Exchange, visit:

11th and 12th December 2012 at Mihilaka Medura, BMICH

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