Two Talks and a Conversation: Rupali Gupte and Prasad Shetty

Thu 1 Sep - Mon 1 Aug' 22

Bengal Institute organized two public talks on cities and the different frameworks through which they can be understood and evaluated. The talks were held on 1st September, 2022, at Bengal Institute.


A talk by Prasad Shetty

This presentation will argue that cities are made of small units of energetic selves (individual preoccupations, idiosyncrasies, absurd obsessions, etc.) friendships and compassions.


A talk by Rupali Gupte

This presentation will present ‘transactional capacities’ as a framework to evaluate architecture and urban form. Transactional capacities are capacities of urban form that allow flows of bodies, capital, activities, imaginations etc. through it.



Rupali Gupte and Prasad Shetty are architects and urbanists based in Mumbai and teach at the School of Environment and Architecture (, which they co-founded as an experimental academic space for architecture and urbanism with other friends. They are partners in a multidisciplinary practice called BardStudio ( and co-founders of an urban research network, CRIT ( Their works include research on South Asian Architecture and Urbanism with a focus on urban culture, urban economy, property, entrepreneurial and tactical practices, housing and urban form. Their cross disciplinary works take different forms – writings, drawings, mixed-media works, storytelling, teaching, walks and spatial interventions. Their works have been shown in Biennales and galleries across the world including the 56th Venice Biennale, X Sao Paolo Biennale, 1st Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, at MACBA, Barcelona MATT Museum Lisbon, among many others. 

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