Kala ghoda Art Festival 2014

Urban Design & Architecture

Liquid architecture. It's like jazz - you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something, they make something. And I think it's a way of - for me, it's a way of trying to understand the city, and what might happen in the city.
-Frank Gehry

The new Urban Design and Architecture section offers an artistic and yet analytic approach to this year’s festival theme ‘Momentum’. The program provides both a broad, humanistic perspective on the physical aspects of our city, and exposure to future architects, city planners, public administrators, and writers on urban problems and solutions.

Urban design is about making connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric. It draws together the many strands of place-making, environmental stewardship, social equity and economic viability into the creation of places with distinct beauty and identity. It is derived from but transcends planning and transportation policy, architectural design, development economics, engineering and landscape. It creates a vision for an area and then deploys the resources and skills needed to bring the vision to life.
Our thematic for this new section is  ‘MOVE MUMBAI’... we explore opinions on mobility, visuals on movement and master plans and ideas that attempt to make sense of a city always on the move.

Unclog Mumbai - Infrastructure

5:00pm to 7:00pm at Visitors Centre Auditorium - CSMVS (Museum)

Infrastructure Panel Discussions

A Development Plan for Constant Growth? Is the demand for planning Mumbai and a discussion on it asks the necessary questions on the co-related infrastructure projects. It addresses the question of "Solutions or Disillusions" in fast Tracking Mumbai and the impact of Metros, Monorails, Skywalks…all pushing Mumbai to keep up to it’s desired pace.

Participants -

Ashok Datar - Economist & Chairman MESN  (Mumbai Environmental Social Network;) Citizen Representative, High Court Committee for traffic congestion and mega projects issues.

Pankaj Joshi - Executive Director, UDRI; Board of Governor , Heritage Conservation Society,(MMRDA).

Prasad Shetty - Urbanist ; Founder Member CRIT; MMRDA.

Shailesh Gaikwad - Political Bureau Chief, Hindustan Times

Unclog Mumbai - Ideas for Rejuvination

7:00pm to 9:00pm at Visitors Centre Auditorium - CSMVS (Museum)

Ideas for Rejuvenation

This discussion panel switches to a celebratory gear for the city as it becomes an happy hour of rich ideas to engage with the momentum of Mumbai.

Architects, and planners showcase transformatory ideas for the city’s future genesis.


Sameep Padora - SP+A, Architect & Planner.

Jayashree Bhalla - SEARCH, Architect.

Alan Abraham - Abraham John Architects.

Rahul Kadri - Architect & Planner.

Nuru Karim - Architect & Planner

Momentum Mumbai

All Day at Rampart Row

An installation that captures the mobility of the city.

It invites visitors to mark the distance that they have traveled to make it to the Kala Ghoda Art Festival making it the epicentre of movement for the nine days.

Mumbai on the Move

All Day at Rampart Row Pavement Gallery

Architecture/ Planning practices and institutes of Mumbai readdress the growth path of the city and evaluate the points of contention in making it a better place for its inhabitants.

The exhibition of these ideation panels throw light on hurdles, possibilities and answers to “what makes up a new-age city?”