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Dr. Geeta Mehta

CREATIVITY IN COMMUNITIES


The power of creativity in communities already exists, and we just need to develop systems to nurture it. 

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FOUNDER OF URBZ


Architect, Urban Designer & Urban Innovator

Dr. Geeta Mehta, an architect and urban designer, is an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York. She serves as a faculty member and co-coordinator of studios that have worked with underserved communities in Accra and Kumasi (Ghana), Kisumu (Kenya), Mumbai and Delhi (India), Kingston (Jamaica), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and other locations. She also teaches courses on urbanism and public spaces, and is a member of the Advisory Board of Millennium Cities Initiatives at the Earth Institute. Geeta received her PhD from the University of Tokyo, M.S. in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University, and B.Arch. from the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi. She has maintained her architect’s license in the State of Colorado since 1981. Her projects include corporate design projects with Jill Braden in Tokyo, a master plan for QTSC Software Technology Park and Deerfield Business Park in Vietnam, JICA projects in Japan and Indonesia, and slum redevelopment work in India. Geeta is the Founder of Social Capital Credits, a virtual currency for incentivizing social good and community based urban development with Asia Initiatives, an organization she founded that focused on poverty alleviation in South Asia.

Social Capital Credits are currently in operation in five sites in India, Ghana and Costa Rica, supporting projects in healthcare, education, waste management, tree planting, community art, and river restoration. She is the co-founder of Mumbai based URBZ: User Generated Cities, which highlights the potential of underserved communities to transform themselves into vibrant neighbourhoods using art, cultural activism and home improvements. Mehta also serves as an advisor to the Millennium Cities Initiatives at the Earth Institute. Geeta is the Past President of the American Institute of Architects’ Japan Chapter. Geeta is the author, co-author and editor of several books on architecture and urbanism, including publications on Accra and Kumasi co-edited with faculty colleagues and students at Columbia University. She is also the co-editor, with Professor George Kunihiro, of the upcoming book City Connect: Regeneration, Equity and Sustainability in the 21st Century.