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Rupali Gupte graduated in architecture from the Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture (KRVIA), Mumbai (1998), and received her Masters from the School of Architecture at Cornell University (2004), with a major in urban design and minor in architectural theory and criticism. She has taught at KRVIA and Cornell University, and has been a fellow at the Kamala Raheja Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (1998-99) and at the SARAI New Media Initiative, CSDS (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies), New Delhi (2004). She was one of the founding members of the KRVIA Design Cell, where she was involved in research on the Mumbai Mill LandsMumbai’s Eastern Waterfront, the Tate Modern Century Cities exhibition in London, and in documentation and conservation of the heritage precincts of Dadar-Matunga-Wadala.  She has worked with Charles Correa Architects, the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI),  Kohn Pederson Fox, New York and has been a consultant to the Eritrean Government for preparing a Comprehensive Plan for a second city in the country.

She is currently involved as Core Faculty at KRVIA. In CRIT, she is involved in conceptualising and co-ordinating its Community Housing Support Programme, in which the slum redevelopment project at Betwala Chawl, Foras Road forms a pilot housing experiment. She is also involved in the Housing Collaboration and developing an alternative Mumbai Bus Map.

Her research interests are in conceptualising cities as sets of TACTICS, which she would like to use as instruments of urban intervention.

Micro-organisations (PDF)

Tactical City: Tenali Rama & Other Stories of Mumbai’s Urbanism
Multimedia Novel supported by the SARAI Fellowship Programme

Tactical City: Tenali Rama & Other Stories of Mumbai's Urbanism (PDF)

Trickle Down Urbanism (Powerpoint)
Presentation to SARAI-SPA (School of Planning and Architecture) Workshop on Emerging Urbanism, New Delhi, October 2004

Presentation to Architecture and Identity Conference, Berlin, December 2004


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