Shoshana Goldstein: Planning the Millennium City: The Politics of Place-Making in Gurgaon's Urban Villages
Shoshana Goldstein is a Ph.D. candidate and a visiting lecturer in CRP. Her current work explores the planning history and governance of Indian cities and investigates questions surrounding India's economic liberalization and its impacts on urban development and place-making for emerging cities and new towns. Goldstein holds an M.A. in international affairs from the New School, where she focused on the comparative urban development experiences of India and China. Prior to joining CRP, Goldstein worked for the India China Institute and as a consultant for the United Nations' Department of Economic and Social Affairs and UNICEF.
Popular narratives of Gurgaon, India's "Millennium City," focus on its meteoric rise from a rural backwater to a highly privatized, modern satellite town of Delhi. These narratives cast Gurgaon as a city of newcomers and emphasize a notion of place-making on seemingly unclaimed territory. While Gurgaon’s urban villages, decoupled from their agricultural lands and livelihoods, remain unzoned pockets of underdevelopment in official master plans, they still serve an important role for the greater city. Goldstein's research seeks to articulate that role by investigating how villagers have responded to various forms of displacement, and have adapted to or retained their own spaces and claims to the city. Who are these communities and what is at stake for them? To what extent do they actively participate in the transformation and governance of their new urban realities? What are the implications of their claims for planning the Millennium City?