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.

Women on the Move

11:00am to 12:00pm at Visitors Centre Auditorium - CSMVS (Museum)

A dialogue that invites designers to address mobility of women in the city of Mumbai. The issues discussed will invite ideas and opinions on issues such as safety, comfort and services for women as they navigate the island city considered by many as the foremost in its forward movement. Moderator: Smruti Kopikar Panelists:Shilpa Ranade, Nandita Gandhi, Amita Bhide 11:00-11:20 : Presentation 1:Shilpa Ranade, Architect 11:20-11:30 : Presentation 2: Nandita Gandhi 11:30-11:40 : Presentation 3: Amita Bhide 11:40-12:00 : Panel Discussion Audience Questions

Unclog Mumbai - Open Spaces

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

Open Spaces

This session puts together thoughts on slowing down the lifestyle with a better use of its open spaces. An attempt at detoxing the city “Slowdown Mumbai” invites designers who have attempted to add the green mile to the city’s teeming concrete jungle to come and discuss on one platform the hurdles and potentials to make Mumbai a greener city.


P.K. Das - Architect – Activist. Chairperson of the Mumbai Waterfronts Centre, Steering Committee Member Vision Plan for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

Ratan J Batliboi - Architect, Marine Drive Makeover & Bandra-Worli Sea-link.

Trupti Amritwar Vaitla - Director of MESN Associates, Founder and ex-member  Urban Design Cell (RSUDC) at Rachna Sansad.

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?”