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Mr Himanshu Burte

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Urban Policy and Governance , School of Habitat Studies
Qualification

B.Arch. (Mumbai)

Himanshu Burte has practiced architecture in Mumbai and Goa, and written extensively in the popular, specialist and academic press on the poetics and politics of the built environment since 1990. His book, Space for Engagement: The Indian Artplace and a Habitational Approach to Architecture (Seagull Books, Kolkata, 2008), proposes an alternative theoretical framework for architecture, centred on the act of dwelling. He has also co-initiated a national network of architects practicing sustainably, called Gubbi Alliance for Sustainable Habitats. A former Fulbright Fellow, he teaches at School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.  He is co-writing a book on sustainable architecture in India with a grant from Graham Foundation, Chicago, and pursuing a PhD in urban planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel of Marg Publications, Mumbai, which publishes the preeminent art and architecture journal of India.

 

Burte's research interests relate to modernity and modernism in Indian architecture, public space, urban infrastructure, housing policy, theatre architecture and sustainable urbanism. Completed projects undertaken with faculty colleagues include a study of housing in three small cities of Maharashtra (Akola, Aurangabad, Sangli-Miraj-Kupwad) under the Urban India Research Facility of the School of Habitat Studies; a study of the way JNNURM unfolded in Pune (collaboration with Parisar, an NGO in Pune, and Centre for Environmental Education).

ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS 

The “Smart City” Card’, in Economic & Political Weekly, Vol XLIX No.46, November 15, 2014

 

‘Intentions, Design and Outcomes: Reflections on IHSDP in Maharashtra’ in Economic & Political Weekly, Vol XLIX No.22, May 31, 2014

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

‘The Unsustainable Culture of Building’, in ‘Design for Everyone’, edited and published by Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, India, Mumbai 2013. Pp 91-96

‘Incubating Indian Modernism’, in Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan and Sharmila Sagara (eds.) Ahmedabad 600: Portraits of a City, Marg Publications, Mumbai 2011. pp 64-79.

‘Void Form’, invited essay on the architecture of Charles Correa, in the catalogue marking the award of Gomant Vibhushan Award to Charles Correa by the Government of Goa, Panjim, 2011.

Entry on ‘Contemporary Indian Architecture’ in the Dictionary of Contemporary India , Frederic Landy (ed.) Armand Colin, Paris, 2010 [French translation]

 

GUEST EDITOR OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL 

‘Social Sustainability’ Architecture + Design, Special Issue, March 2014

'The Critical Practice of Sustainable Architecture', lead article in the above issue.

 

RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY REPORTS

Smarter Urbanisation, not (just) smart cities, (co-authored with Amita Bhide) a discussion paper [under publication in 2015] by National Centre for Advocacy Studies, New Delhi.

 

Affordable Housing by the State (co-authored with Amita Bhide, Smita Waingankar, Simpreet Singh), published by Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, 2014

 

Gunthewaris in Maharashtra - Perspective and Issues (co-authored with Amita Bhide, Smita Waingankar, Simpreet Singh), published by Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, 2014

 

Smarter Urbanisation, not (just) smart cities, (co-authored with Amita Bhide) a discussion paper [under publication in 2015] by National Centre for Advocacy Studies, New Delhi.

 

Affordable Housing by the State (co-authored with Amita Bhide, Smita Waingankar, Simpreet Singh), published by Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, 2014

 

Gunthewaris in Maharashtra - Perspective and Issues (co-authored with Amita Bhide, Smita Waingankar, Simpreet Singh), published by Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, 2014

2013-16           Research Grant from IDRC, Toronto, to Centre for Urban Planning and Governance (CUPG), School of Habitat Studies (SoHS), TISS, for an international collaborative research project on violence and socio-spatial transformation in Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro and Durban. I am part of the 4 member faculty team that coordinated and prepared the research proposal, and will coordinate with international partners and conduct research in Mumbai on the relationship between socio-spatial transformations caused by the state-market axis and their relationships to urban violence. (Principal Investigator: Prof. Amita Bhide)

 

2013-15           Research Grant from Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi, to CUPG, to study the implementation of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in four states in India. I am part of the 4 member faculty team that coordinated and prepared the research proposal, and will coordinate and conduct research with partners in the chosen states. (Principal Investigator: Prof. Lalitha Kamath)

 

2013-15           Research Grant from the Global Suburbanisms project at York University, Toronto, supporting stipend for a doctoral student researcher studying suburbanization processes in Mumbai under my guidance. (Thematic coordinator: Prof. Shubhra Gururani, York University. Principal Investigator of Global Suburbanisms Project: Prof. Roger Keil, York University)

 

2011-13           Research Grant from Ford Foundation, India to Urban India Research Facility (UIRF), SoHS, TISS. I co-directed a research module (with Prof Amita Bhide) focusing on housing (informality, affordable housing projects, the impact of urban planning) seen in relation to urbanization in smaller cities in Maharashtra. The research was collaboratively conducted with local activists and academics in 3 cities, and its outcomes were a set of reports, workshops and academic papers.

Courses

1. Urban Studio, Sem 1, Masters in Urban Policy and Governance (Co-taught with Ratoola Kundu)

2. Perspectives on Urban Space, Sem 2, Choice Based Credit System course, open to all students of the institute

3. The Built and Lived Environment, Concentration Taught Course, Sem 3 Masters in Urban Policy and Governance

4. Winter Institute, Sem 2 Masters in Urban Policy and Governance (Co-taught with Amita Bhide, Lalitha Kamath, Ratoola Kundu)

5. Sustainable Cities, Sem 3 Masters in Climate Change and Sustainability Studies

 

Dissertation guidance for Masters' students from the UPG program at SoHS and occasionally those from other schools, and institutions like CEPT University.

Doctoral Advisory Committee member for 2 Ph. D. students at IIT-Bombay.

Email: hburte[at]tiss[dot]edu

hburte@tiss.edu