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Workshop on Urban Infrastructure in a Changing Climate

While Bangalore is being refashioned into a “world class” metropolis, urban commons are often destroyed. exacerbating the looming impacts of climate change.

Join us in exploring the interplay between climate change and urban-infra projects through a screening of ‘Our Metropolis’, a film by Gautam Sonti & Usha Rao, followed by discussions on Namma Metro.

The workshop will help understand how decisions are made? Who makes the decisions? Who benefits and who loses? The making of the film and what it entails? The work shop will include appreciating the legal provisions that govern the mega infrastructure in cities,  the judicial interventions and local efforts through case studies to ensure a city builds infrastructure that is climate resilient and truly inclusive. 


Gautam Sonti
Gautam Sonti has been making non-fiction films for the last 15 years, and has collaborated with anthropologists, researchers and activists. His earlier series of short films, Coding Culture, which has been screened at several international ethnographic film festivals, is a critical examination of the experience of globalisation within the microcosm of a hi-tech workplace in Bangalore. Our Metropolis, his first feature-length documentary film, extends this theme to the entire city. He is currently working on other feature length documentaries. One of them All Our Children (co-directed with Usha Rao) traverses six years in the lives of children and young adults. For more information: www.gautamsonti.com.

Usha Rao
Usha Rao is an anthropologist at large and is interested in studying the making of cities. For over a decade she has been interested in making sense of the changes that have transformed Bangalore. In particular, she is trying to understand the ways in which Bangalore’s status as a ‘global city’ has impacted the lives of its people and their relationship with the city. Apart from ‘All Our Children’, she is also following the takeover of a playground by the Bangalore Metro. Our Metropolis is her first foray into doc film making. She also works with sound as form of creative engagement with city.

along with the ESG Team.

Date: 20th January, 2024
Time: 10:00 – 17:00 (tentative)
Venue: Environment Support Group, 1572, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore 560070

Morning Session: Screening of the film ‘Our Metropolis’ by Gautam Sonti & Usha Rao
Afternoon Session: Legal & judicial interventions and case studies on Namma Metro followed by a Q&A session

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