Host: Sneha Visakha
Intro Music: Wehrmut by Godmode
Outro Music: Opheliea’s Blues by Audionautix

In the fifth episode of The Feminist City podcast series, we speak with Prem Chandavarkar, Bengaluru based architect about the central vista redevelopment project. Some of the issues we touch upon are the background and recent developments around the central vista redevelopment project, the paradigms of urban development in India, implications of the Supreme Court ruling on participatory planning in the context of imagining feminist cities and the role of the everyday citizen in constructing and participating in the city. 

Central Vista Redevelopment Project

The Architecture of Democracy: Central Vista and a Tale of Three Axes, Prem Chandavarkar, India Forum (Essay and Podcast episode)

Monumental Mistakes, The undemocratic vision behind the redevelopment of Delhi’s Central Vista, Prem Chandavarkar, Caravan

SC’s Central Vista Verdict Equates Development With Development Projects, Interview with Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon, The Wire

Supreme Court Ruling in the Central Vista Case

Central Vista Ruling Sets Dangerous Precedent for Judicial Review, Jahnavi Sindhu and Vikram Aditya Narayan, The Quint

Central Vista, Executive’s Caprice and Rule of Law, Suhrith Parthasarathy, The Hindu

Urban Governance and Participatory Planning 

Urban Governance, How Democratic? Urban Policies and the Right to the City in India, UNESCO, New Delhi

Planning from below: using feminist participatory methods to increase women’s participation in urban planning, Sara Ortiz Escalante & Blanca Gutiérrez Valdivia, Gender and Development


Urban Design Politics: The proposed redevelopment of the Central Vista in New Delhi, Bangalore International Centre (Presentation on the history and proposed redevelopment of the Central Vista Project followed by a panel discussion) 

Structures of Power Being Built Over the Ruins of Environment, NewsClick (Hindi)

(NewsClick has a series of videos, articles and interviews on various aspects of history, heritage and environmental issues related to the Central Vista Redevelopment Project that can be accessed here).