Rohit started teaching at the School of Environment and Architecture in June 2018. His current research explores three areas of India’s urbanization in the backdrop of discussions surrounding the new urban frontiers across the world: urbanization in small cities; establishment of large-scale industrial and urban enclaves along new urban corridors; and, urbanizing villages.
Two considerations frame his explorations in these areas: theme and method. The first explores how the themes of near and far economic networks, practices of entrepreneurship, claims to property, the heterogeneous state’s legal and political pluralism, articulation of difference, practices of communicative and collective action, and even discourses of urban representation shape the spatiality of urban outcomes. The second, on the one hand, explores ethnography and history as a form of narrative inquiry in the study of cities to explain the present and defamiliarize the familiar propositions of planning and design, and, on the one hand, draws on methods from the design and visual arts disciplines to contribute towards narrative inquiries.
He has completed undergraduate studies in architecture and postgraduate studies in planning. He has earlier co-founded the Collective Research Initiatives Trust, an extra-curricular space for undertaking research, pedagogy and intervention on urban space and contemporary cultural practices in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, and taught at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies. His consultancy practice experience spans the areas of urban regeneration, heritage and environment conservation, city development and investment strategies, and public space design and management. He has participated in What Makes India Urban?: Challenges towards Mobility, Infrastructure, Energy and Perpetual Change (AEDES Architecture Forum, Berlin, 2009), Image City: Formal and Informal Networks (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, 2003), and Century City: Art and Culture in the modern metropolis (Tate Modern, London, 2001).