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Frances Loeb Library Faculty Colloquium Series: The Kinetic City & Other Essays with Rahul Mehrotra and Sarah Whiting

Monday, November 29, 2021, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Online, Open to the public, Book Talk,
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Please join the Frances Loeb Library for a faculty colloquium series talk with Rahul Mehrotra on his new book, The Kinetic City & Other Essays. Dean Sarah Whiting will moderate the event.


The Kinetic City (ArchiTangle, 2021) presents Rahul Mehrotra’s writings over the last thirty years and illustrates his long-term engagement with and analysis of urbanism in India. This work has given rise to a new conceptualization of the city. Mehrotra calls it the Kinetic City, a counterpoint to the Static City, as familiar to most of us from conventional city maps. He argues that the city should instead be perceived, read, and mapped in terms of patterns of occupation and associative values attributed to space. The framework is established in this publication by Mehrotra’s anchor essay, which draws out its potential to “allow a better understanding of the blurred lines of contemporary urbanism and the changing roles of people and spaces in urban society.”


Rahul Mehrotra is Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design and John T. Dunlop Professor in Housing and Urbanization at the GSD. He is also the founder principal of RMA Architects, which is based in Mumbai and Boston.

Sarah Whiting is Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture at the GSD. She is also design principal and co-founder of WW Architecture.


This event is part of the Faculty Colloquium Series hosted by the Frances Loeb Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The series provides a venue for GSD faculty members to launch newly published books, discuss recent or in-process publications or research in which they are currently engaged, or present their thoughts on pedagogy and innovative approaches to teaching.

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Event Organizer

Mitsuki Nishimoto