State of Housing Conference: Housing in the Emerging Urban India

Date(s) - 03/15/2018 - 03/17/2018

  • Location
  • Dr. Sir JJ Modi Memorial Hall
  • KR Cama Oriental Institute
  • Fort, Mumbai

India is in the throes of a dramatic process of accelerated urbanization. By 2030, 40% of the country’s billion-plus population will live in cities. The majority of India’s new urban dwellers will belong to the underprivileged classes, suffering deficits of opportunity and entitlement. A key issue at stake in this emergent scenario, therefore, will be the delivery of adequate housing and infrastructure. India currently records an urban housing shortage of approximately 20 million units, of which 57% are designated for the economically disadvantaged sections and 40% for low-income groups.

The conference attempts to bring together varied interests, perspectives and contexts that go into understanding of the state of housing in India, which straddles a spectrum of stakeholders and actors including architects, urban designers, planners, local governance bodies, private real-estate developers, financial institutions and policy-makers.


15th March 2018
3.00pm   Curatorial walk-through of the exhibition at Gallery MMB, Goeth Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai
4.30pm   Serving of tea and refreshments at K.R. Cama Oriental Institute
5.00pm   Introduction to the Conference and te Film by Rahul Mehrotra
5.30pm   Screening of the State of Housing Film
6.30pm   Keynote lecture by Arjun Appadurai, “Urban Housing and Rural Dwelling in India: The Roots of a Gap in Theory and Practice.”

16th – 17th March 2018
9.30am – 6.30pm   Lectures and Panel Discussions



Other speakers include Chris Herbert, Sheela Patel, Martha Chen, Aromar Revi, Jai Sen, Amitabh Kundu, Jagan Shah, Partha Mukhopadhya, Vidyadhar Phatak, Bimal Patel, Snehanshu Mukherjee, Pratima Joshi, Gautam Bhan, Neera Adarkar, Kirtee Shah, A. Srivathsan, Solomon Benjamin, Pratibha Ruth Caleb, PSN Rao, Mohammad Tarique, Rohan Varma, Mukta Naik, Prasad Shetty, Natasha Iype, Rajesh Krishnan,  Satyanarayana Vejella, Pranay Vakil, Mihir Bhatt and Kalpana Sharma.

Venue: Dr. Sir JJ Modi Memorial Hall
KR Cama Oriental Institute
136, 2nd Floor, K.R. Cama Institute Building, Bombay Samachar Marg
Opposite Lion Gate, Churchgate East, Fort 400023 Mumbai

This event is free and open to the public. For more information please visit