Rationale for the course:
  • The course seeks to help students conceptualise the city as an open socio-technical 'system' (in the broadest and non-restrictive sense) involving a constant interplay between social, ecological and technological forces.
  • It would provide introductory perspectives onto different sectors, as a base for specialized electives in later semesters

Objectives of the course:

a)To introduce a systematic, relational and holistic understanding of the city as an open, historically produced, and fundamentally indeterminate (though analyzable) system of natural, infrastructural, social and governance systems.

b)To introduce the contemporary paradigm of urban technological infrastructural systems internationally and in/across India (SYSTEM OVERVIEW )

c)To introduce the basics of key urban level infrastructural technological systems (transportation, water supply, sanitation, solid waste, telecom- data), and their interrelations with each other and the city as a social field, as a platform for subsequent more specialized courses (SECTOR INTRODUCTIONS)

      To explore social, political, economic, cultural and ecological implications of urban infrastructure in terms of the ideas of sustainability and social justice (THEORETICAL ASPECT)