Cities have to livable, not smart

With recent urban floods in the so called Indian Silicon Valley and The ‘Sahara Mall NH10’ City, I wonder if the narrative will move to climate governance in cities from being technologically smart in design, and rather dysfunctional on the ground. The notion of sociotechnical resilience as I wrote in a January 2013 conference paper in a planning commission conference in Vadodara for Climate Change Governance in Urban India really needs to be looked in to from a livability perspective. Social Anthropologist Amitav Ghosh with his latest work on Climate Change titled the ‘The Great Derangement’ sounds off a precinct warning with the chapter on Mumbai.

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