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Architect & Community Activist

Date & Time

Thursday Thu, 21 Jul 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Beginning in 1670, Bombay Imagined: An Illustrated History of the Unbuilt City tells the story of 200 unrealised urban visions — aspirations of an evolved metropolis boasting everything from humane housing and expanded parks to sanitation systems and more. Ideas that never saw the light of day are richly illustrated with archival drawings, contemporary speculations and artistic overlays, illuminating long-lost futures from the city’s never-before-seen past.

Bombay Imagined is a testimony to the audacious dreams of city-lovers, a chronicle of untold narratives across centuries and an insight into the tides that have shaped present-day Mumbai.

Supplemented with a rich array of visuals, this talk will unveil a wide range of creative plans imagined for the Maximum City across centuries, and introduce the diverse team behind the making of Bombay Imagined. Robert Stephens will be in conversation with Suchitra Deep.

The book trailer can be seen here.


Robert Stephens


Robert Stephens completed his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech in 2007, after which he moved from his childhood hometown of Summerville, South Carolina to Mumbai, India. He joined RMA Architects as an apprentice at the age of 22 and is now a principal at the same firm. In 2016, he founded Urbs Indis, a studio that narrates lesser-known civic histories through the juxtaposition of archival material with contemporary aerial photographs of urban India. His work has been exhibited in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai and Edinburgh, and has appeared in publications such asThe GuardianDOMUS India and Scroll. He currently lives in Mumbai with his wife and son.

Suchitra Deep

Architect & Community Activist

Suchitra Deep is co-founder and partner at Firm Terra Architects, Bangalore. Alongside her architectural work, she has consistently involved herself in urban issues, especially those connected to her neighbourhood. She has written for publications like The Hindu, The Wire and Architecture+Design, among others. She is the founder of the community group Malleswaram Social, and a core member of M-ULL (Malleswaram Urban Living Lab), a platform that she helped set up. Currently she is on hiatus from active practice to focus on her community-based initiatives. She is an avid reader, meditator, and traveler, and performs regularly with Bangalore based music group Sunaad.