HOW DO NEW CITIES CHANGE US? HOW CAN WE SHAPE EMERGING CITIES?
On the outskirts of the city of Hyderabad a new urban landscape is emerging. This landscape is characterised by an eclectic mix of landmark office buildings and streets markets, high-rises and goatherds, large apartment complexes and improvised camps, gigantic advertisement billboards and temples, villas and old hamlets, decorated office buildings and slums. Cyberabad, as this dynamic, heterogeneous and complex mixture is called in a marketing ploy, is an illustrative example of the urban development policy in contemporary India.
Landscape of Surprise is a project by Peter Gotsch and Susanne Kohte that examines the boundaries of cities in transitional and developing countries as the key sites of 21st Century urbanism. These places stimulate new city forms -‘emerging urbanisms’- and harbour a great potential for innovation. Cyberabad serves as a central case since 2007 and is described through recurring visits, images, and discourses.