The Making of Singapore in Amaravati: Policy mobility, praxis, and challenges of planning a smart capital

Authors: Diganta Das*, Nanyang Technological University
Topics: Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Asia
Keywords: smart cities, India, Singapore
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: 8216, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Governments around the world today, aim to be competitive by transforming cities/city-regions into engines of growth, often through neoliberal measures, private investments and through involvement of business, political, and bureaucratic elites in various decision-making spheres of the state. Federal and sub-national states in India under neoliberal logics are increasingly becoming entrepreneurial and investing heavily in city-centric ideas - branding them as smart, high-tech and globally connected. Best practices from around the world are being considered, consulted and emulated to make their cities smart and world-class. India is aspiring to create 100 smart cities by actively involving private partners and incorporating and emulating smart practices from around the world. Amaravati, one of the smart city and capital of Andhra Pradesh state, has been developed with the help of Singapore’s expertise in urban planning and business environment development. Grounding around the studies that reflect emulation of planning culture, forms and design, urban governance, agencies, and entrepreneurial ideas, this paper explores the methodological and everyday challenges of Singapore’s modeling in Amaravati and attempt to contribute towards the theorization of (policy) mobility and circulating knowledge based on empirical results.

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