Harini Nagendra, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India

Presentation Title: What is a good ‘urban’? Who decides? Stories around a lost lake in Bangalore



This presentation gave a historical account of Sampangi Lake in Bangalore (now gone and replaced with a polo field) including how the lake was lost, oral histories of the lake, the relationship between the actors involved in the lake’s history, how the lake was utilized and how the case of this lake informs us about modern lakes and our views of resources in urban areas.

 Key Lessons Learned

  • Technical solutions to social ecological problems are very popular, but do not always work.
  • When considering urban planning and issues of development, one must look at the normative framing.
  • Social justice and environmental sustainability do not always go hand-in-hand.