School of Environment and Architecture



WINTER 2021-22

an online symposium shifting the coordinates of urban imagination

Urban conditions beyond metropolises in India have been widely viewed as inward looking enclaves of local economy, culture and politics. Urban life is considered to unfold here in the shadow of the globally connected and much sought after “world-class” metro cities through illegible property rights, social interactions enmeshed in primordial communal passions, the architecture of an urban form that lends towards social segregation and so on. As emerging contexts fuel the explosion of such urban conditions, India’s urban turn has decisively poised towards the proliferation of small cities during the last decade. This series of SEA Conversations invites artists, architects, filmmakers and urbanists to offer provocations on how we could read into and engage with the multiple, emerging presents and futures of urban life, urban form and architecture beyond the metropolis.


2021.17/12 Renu Savant 
2022.07/01 Naveen Mahantesh 
04/02 Pratyush Shankar
18/02 Praveen Bavdekar 
04/03 Orijit Sen 
25/03 Ajay Sonar

The event is partly supported by Urban Centre Mumbai. 
It is free and open to everyone across the world.

Session #2

COULD-BE URBANISM? शायद शहरी है
by Naveen Mahantesh 


‘Urbanism’ is man made. Its evolution is organic. It produces its own culture. It inhabits its own precedent. The greatest achievement of urbanism is its ability to solve problems of human inhabitation/settlement. Its greatest aspiration is to inhabit an environment totally man-made.  ‘Could be urbanism | शायद शहरी है’ is a project that forecasts the potential of five moments within the urban fabric to become dominant urban forms, while grounding their realities in the present. 


Naveen Mahantesh’s practice lies at the intersection of art, architecture and the city. He is involved in creative research with a love for urban life. His past projects includes, working with teams of artists, philosophers and curators in generating projects about built forms, human settlements and the public realm, while considering the city as a studio. His projects provide alternate perspectives for the banal routines, take inspiration from urban myths, and engage within the ecologies that the city thrives upon. Naveen is the principal architect of N-MAD studio, a design firm based in Bangalore. His projects and propositions have been a part of several national and international exhibitions and institutions.  

on Friday
21 Jan 2022
@ 5:30 PM IST


This series is partly supported by Urban Centre Mumbai. It is free open to everyone across the world. 

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