First book of the Modernism in India Series Architecture of Shivdatt Sharma (Mapin Publishing Ahmedabad, India) is released, by Mr. K. K. Sharma, Adviser to the Administrator, Chandigarh Administration. Guest of Honor M. N. Sharma, Former Chief Architect, Chandigarh.
“On the 17th of December 2010 Muhammed Bouazizi set himself on fire and precipitated protests that spread throughout Tunisia and then the region. Bouazizi’s protest suicide took place not in Tunis but four hours further south in the small city of Sidi Bouzid. The subsequent protest spread first to another small city, Menzel Bouzayane; demonstrations in Tunis did not start until a week later.”
HERE is a good discussion on this.
Small and mid-sized cities are where most of the urban growth will take place in the coming decades. Yet literature tends to focus only on X and XL cities. Mega-cities, I would submit, capture the Western imagination, and the academic imagination, like S and M cities don’t.
HERE is my blog entry on this.
VIDEO PART I VIDEO PART II
Its mostly in Hindi and Panjabi, but this is a good discussion on representative democracy, and lack of, in Chandigarh. Historical issues, specifically the creation of Punjabi suba in 1965, and the 1984 removal of position of the Chief Commissioner in the “terrorism days”, are factors in why there is no representative government in Chandigarh today. ALso revealing is that the budget of Chandigarh is a whopping 3,900 crore rupees = $780 million. Not bad at all – a very pampered city. The city of Seattle, by comparison, has a budget of about $950 million!