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Citadels of Glass  (Hardcover): Book by Tathagata Chatterji

Citadels of Glass (Hardcover)

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ISBN: 9789385724169    Publisher: Westland Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Hardcover No of Pages: 227        Language: English
Ever since the beginning of the economic reforms in the early-1990s, Indian cities have been undergoing dramatic transformations. Smart satellite townships, ultra-modern apartment blocks, gleaming office...Read more
Ever since the beginning of the economic reforms in the early-1990s, Indian cities have been undergoing dramatic transformations. Smart satellite townships, ultra-modern apartment blocks, gleaming office towers and posh hotels have started sprouting up in place of dusty villages and lush paddy fields. The areas which were till recently considered as rural backyards, are now humming with activity and have become the new happening places. These changes are most clearly visible in the fringe areas of the big cities and a new urban landscape has started taking shape. Gurgaon near delhi, rajarhat near calcutta, whitefield near bangalore and magarpatta city near pune are the new kids on the block. All these 'teen-aged' towns are essentially products of the post-1990s liberalisation and are populated by a similar set of people many of whom work in it- bpo jobs. Seen at a glance, gurgaon does not look all that different from whitefield or for that matter, magarpatta city from rajarhat. yet beyond the surface, each is as different from the other as bangalore is from delhi or calcutta from pune. Citadels of glass attempts to dig out the underlying socio-political factors which have shaped these cities the way they are. It explores the histories behind their creation, the problems they face and their prospects for the future. As India urbanises and does so rapidly, how these new cities, are managed and governed may well be the key to the economic powerhouse that India seeks to become. In their future lies the shape of India's new urban future.
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About the author: Tathagata Chatterji
Dr. Tathagata Chatterji is a professor at the school of planning and architecture, Vijayawada. He graduated in architecture from Bengal engineering college,... Read more
Dr. Tathagata Chatterji is a professor at the school of planning and architecture, Vijayawada. He graduated in architecture from Bengal engineering college, Calcutta University; did a post-graduation in urban design from Kent State University, USA and holds a phd in urban planning and governance from the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr. Chatterji has written extensively on contemporary urban changes in India. his earlier book, local mediation of global forces in transformation of the urban fringe was published by Lambert academic publishing, Germany
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