The event brought together 25 organizations that are developing technology-based solutions to maximize social impact.
Informal settlements are the common features of urban growth in most developing countries and are typically the product of an urgent need for shelter by the urban poor. Rapid urbanization, inefficient land administration and inadequate capability to cope with the housing needs of people in urban areas have contributed to the development of informal settlements or slums. The problem related to informal settlements is a very serious urban issue for developing countries. Informal settlers are more exposed and vulnerable to natural hazards that the general population and they are more likely to be affected and displaced by disasters. They tends to receive less housing assistance in their aftermath and are one of the vulnerable groups after disasters as they do not have legal land ownership documents and they are invisible on the records of city authorities. The humanitarian response and the reconstruction program led by central government or concerned authority tends to overlook informal settlers. The spatial data and technology can play a significant role for building resilience of vulnerable urban groups such as informal settlers. This presentation explores the role of spatial data infrastructure (SDI) and technology for disaster risk reduction and community resilience. A case of Nepal Earthquake 2015 has been taken as a case study.
Dev Raj Paudyal is a Lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia. He has a M. Sc. Degree in Geoinformation Management (GIM2) from ITC, the Netherlands and a Doctor of Philosophy from University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia. He has more than 15 years of professional experience and approximately 40 research publications. Dev is currently the individual member representative and director at Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDIA) Board, Past President of International Geospatial Society (IGA), Co-chair of International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Technical Commission WGIV/4, member of Mixed Methods International Research Association and registered Graduate Surveyor at Surveyors Board of Queensland (SBQ), Australia. Dev’s research interests lie in the areas of cadastral, land and geographic information systems, land administration, spatial data infrastructures, disaster management, urban planning including informal settlements, building resilience of vulnerable groups after disaster and natural resource management.
Cosponsored with the Harvard Graduate School of Design MDes Risk and Resilience Lecture
Modern Asia Seminar and Arts at SAI Seminar
Ian Holliday,Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), The University of Hong Kong
‘Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a time of transition,’ an exhibit of paintings will be on display Thursday, February 4 – Monday, February 22, 2016 in the Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA
Sponsored by the Asia Center and the South Asia Institute
Livelihood Creation Project Webinar
Dr. Vandana Bhandari, Professor and Dean (Academics) at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi
Indian handicrafts are a vast and important, but rapidly-disappearing aspect of Indian society and culture. While a range of handicraft organizations have been at the forefront of introducing consumers to traditional handicraft techniques and skills in the form of innovative and beautiful products, the sustainability of the supply of these products is threatened by the rate at which artisans seek alternative livelihoods. Documentation of craft techniques and practices is a crucial tool in a programmatic agenda to preserve that which is not just cultural heritage, but, in a world where handmade is equal to luxury, a competitive advantage.
Dr. Bhandari will share her expertise and experiences gleaned from years in the field, spent documenting cultural and economically significant crafts in danger of succumbing to modernization and socio-economic changes in the nation. Dr. Bhandari will provide practical insights on the benefits of documentation, as well as documentation best practices for organizations working in the handicraft sector.
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm IST / 7:30 am to 8:30 am EST
“Re-thinking Local” will examine how architects are developing new models of locally-based design practice given the changing realities of urbanization around the world, with a particular focus on South and Southeast Asia.
These two public events feature Vo Trong Nghia, the most prolific contemporary architect in Vietnam, and Marina Tabassum, the leading female architect in Bangladesh – both speaking at Harvard for the first time.
In addition, Nghia and Tabassum will be joined in a round-table discussion by Michael Murphy, Executive Director of MASS Design Group, and Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
This public discussion program will thematically explore how architects are responding to new patterns of urbanization, creating models for construction and fabrication that support sustainable development, and catalyzing local institutions to promote dialogue about the role of design in improving cities. Together, the work of these architects gives new meaning to the model of practicing locally.
Roundtable discussion with Vo Trong Nghia, Marina Tabassum, and Michael Murphy, moderated by Rahul Mehrotra
Monday, February 22, 2016, 6:30 pm
Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South S010, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
Lunchtime Lecture with Vo Trong Nghia
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 1:00 pm
Portico 124, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street
Please contact Michael Haggerty, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, email@example.com, with questions.
Cosponsored with the Boston Society of Architects Foundation, Harvard Asia Center, and Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative.
The conference brought together business leaders, entertainment professionals, government officials, philanthropists, and many other leaders to engage in a conversation about India’s path to global leadership.
The event brought together over 300 artists, curators, writers, and art professionals for exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, and panel discussions about art in the subcontinent.
In a recent column for The Financial Times, Victor Mallet writes about how the Indian government manages one-off events but not longer-term projects, and cites SAI’s recently- published book on the Kumbh Mela.
Research, internship, and language study grants are offered to Harvard University graduate students and Harvard college undergraduate students for the summer session.
On February 3, SAI hosted a discussion on the issues surrounding the suicide of Rohith Vemula, and to express solidarity with student and faculty protesters at Hyderabad University.
This is a paid opportunity for a current Harvard student or recent alum.
This commentary, by professors at Pomona College and the Harvard Kennedy School who have long studied Pakistan, argues that the Taliban’s attacks on schools and colleges there are a particularly dangerous threat to that nation’s future.
SAI is seeking to hire an undergraduate research assistant (RA) on a part-time basis to assist a project which focuses on the humanitarian consequences of the Partition of British India in 1947-48.
On Jan. 18, the SAI launched the book and exhibition Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity in Mumbai at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in partnership with the Asia Society India Centre and the Harvard Club of Mumbai.
The spring schedule for the Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics has been announced.
SAI’s third annual publication is a collection of essays from diverse disciplines about the evolution of technology in the region.
Former SAI Aman fellow Muhammad Zahir is working with the the Japanese Center for South Asian Cultural Heritage to preserve archaeological sites in Pakistan that are deteriorating.
The capacity building workshop, hosted by SAI and Tata Trusts in Gujarat, brought together over 60 leaders from 50 businesses and non-profits across India who are working towards improving artisan livelihoods.
This exhibition, curated by Rahul Mehrotra, Ranjit Hoskote and Kaiwan Mehta, will present the state of contemporary architecture in India within a larger historical overview since Independence.