Past Imperfect history podcast: Robert Stephens, Bombay Imagined

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Episode 5 of Past Imperfect features Robert Stephens, architect at RMA Architects in Mumbai and author of Bombay Imagined: An Illustrated History of the Unbuilt City (2022).

The architect Charles Correa once described Bombay/Mumbai as a great city but a terrible place. In Bombay Imagined, Robert Stephens, an American-born architect now living and working in Mumbai, chronicles several centuries of unfulfilled plans to make the city both greater and less terrible. Bombay Imagined demonstrates that smelly sewage, awful infrastructure, paltry open space, and inadequate housing are not simply modern problems: they have been around for over 300 years, in one form or the other. Consequently, Bombay citizens have established a long tradition of devising plans to mediate these perennial headaches.

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