MAKE/BREAK- a Digital Exhibition


Date: Aug. 13, 2021


The Centre for Urban Policy and Governance (CUPG) at TISS, Mumbai, is delighted to invite you to the launch of "MAKE/BREAK"- a Digital Exhibition that traces the violence of Mumbai's transformation into a "world-class" city.


The digital exhibition emerged from a research project about the effect of the ongoing socio-spatial transformation of Mumbai on marginalised communities in the city, and their responses to it. In our research, we approached urban transformations through the concept of structural violence. Four case studies, chosen for the diversity of their social, historical and geographical profiles do two things. They tell stories of the unjust peripheralization, marginalization, stigmatization of urban poor communities and illuminate their efforts to resist the violence, remake the city, and reclaim their dignity.

You can view the exhibition at:
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What is the event about?

A walk through the Exhibition with the researchers as they discuss the idea behind the exhibition and the process of co-creating it.
Reflections by invited panelists on the exhibition theme and its wider relevance to the global South.
Q and A with the panelists, researchers and participants.

Date: Friday, 13th August 2021
Time : 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (India), 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm (UK), 9.30 am to 11.30 am (Sao Paulo)

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Nitin Kubal is a committed community activist and leader from Jogeshwari East, Mumbai
Raquel Rolnik is a professor, architect, activist and urban planner based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has served as the UN Special Rapporteur for adequate housing.
AbdouMaliq Simone is an urban scholar based in the UK and has worked extensively with urban social movements in South Africa, Indonesia, Chicago.


Amita Bhide, Dean, School of Habitat Studies, TISS, Mumbai
Himanshu Burte, Associate Professor, CUSE, IIT Bombay
Lalitha Kamath, Associate Professor and Chairperson, CUPG, TISS Mumbai
Ratoola Kundu, Assistant Professor, CUPG, TISS Mumbai

The discussions will be moderated by Sangeeta Banerji, Post-doctoral Research Associate, Brown University, whose research focuses on technological reform within urban bureaucracies and brokerage in Indian cities.