Urban Leaders Symposium: Prof. Vishaan Chakrabarti

About :“Next Generation Urbanization in India ” forum hosted as part of our Urban
Leaders Symposium Series which will bring together a diverse set of leaders to discuss the future of cities and their role in enabling this. This panel explored the opportunities & challenges for next generation urbanization in India .

Vishaan Chakrabarti is the Marc Holliday Associate Professor of Real Estate Development and the Director of CURE., the Center for Urban Real Estate, at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. Simultaneously, Chakrabarti is a Partner at SHoP Architects where he advances large-scale projects worldwide. Prior to joining Columbia and SHoP, Chakrabarti was an Executive Vice President at the Related Companies. From 2002 to 2005, Chakrabarti served as the Director of the Manhattan Office for the New York Department of City Planning. While with the City, Chakrabarti successfully gained approvals for major rezonings that have begun to reshape the west side of Midtown Manhattan including the extension of the #7 subway line. In this role Chakrabarti also directed the City’s design response to the reconstruction of Lower Manhattan in the wake of 9/11, the expansion of Columbia University into Manhattanville, the makeover of Lincoln Center, the transformation of the High Line, and several other major development proposals in Manhattan Metropolis Magazine named Chakrabarti one of the top 12 “Game Changers” for 2012.

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