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Episode 32 | Slum Networking, Explained.

Himanshu Parikh discusses the evolution of cities and slums, and how a historicist read can lead us to new engineering innovations.

Episode 32 | Slum Networking, Explained.

About Himanshu Parikh
Himanshu Parikh is an Cambridge, UK based Indian engineer who developed the concept of ‘slum networking.’ This stems from how the infrastructure of cities was traditionally based on natural features such as topography and gravity. Prior to modern technology, gravity was the only thing that could bring water in and carry waste away. For example, in old, developed cities like Paris and London, civil systems parallel the natural flow of rivers, estuaries and topographies. Parikh is best known for the redevelopment of Indore, India, for which Parikh was awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture. It was there that the concept of ‘slum networking’ was first deployed at scale, and it has since been replicated throughout India.

Himanshu Parikh is a Curry Stone Foundation Social Design Circle Honoree. Read more about it here.


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