Ginsberg Fellow, Summer 2011
Neelima received her Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Mumbai and is pursuing a masters in urban design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where her focus has been on analyzing housing and urban form as a function of development economics and planning policy.
She has worked on housing design and community development projects with architecture firms and urban research organizations in Mumbai, Biel and Dubai. Her research interests within the field of housing and planning have been directed toward understanding the changing notions of domesticity, and diverse physical & socio-cultural manifestations of housing within dense, heterogeneous urban conditions.
As a summer fellow, she supported CHPC primarily on the Making Room project which re-evaluates housing policy to understand its impact on the flexibility of housing design in the city.
"CHPC provides a great learning environment for young people, where as mentors they are committed to initiating discussions and sharing their insights on housing and planning policy. It was especially exciting to see how issues of housing could be approached through rather unique ways, triggering a range of interests that begin an effective dialogue in re-evaluating the industry. My fellowship was a seminal experience of being involved in such projects- embedded in fascinating research and raising questions through new lenses of inquiry."