Mohallas and Smart Cities: Post-Colonial Development in Delhi.
Duration of Fellowship:
Aug 2016 to Jul 2018
Leon Morenas is a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla where he is working on a project entitled 'Mohallas and Smart Cities: Post-Colonial Development in Delhi.'. He is also Associate Professor of Architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. He was a World Social Sciences Fellow in Sustainable Urbanization (2014) and an Assistant Professor and Programme Coordinator of the Masters in Social Design at Ambedkar University, Delhi. He is an architect with a Master’s in Urban Design from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi and a PhD in Architectural Sciences— with a specialization in Informatics— from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.
Dr. Morenas’ research uses the disciplinary lens of science and technology studies to understand the relationship of technology with contemporary design, architecture and urban planning. He is presently converting his doctoral research into a book manuscript that examines the technological undergirding of the Delhi Master Plan and how this apparatus has evolved into a spatial fix creating a metropolitan dystopia of ever increasing unevenness between the urban poor and the metropolitan rich. He is also working on a set of essays that attempt to answer the question; “Is there an Indian way of thinking about Technology?” using the foils of history, metaphysics and literature.