Geeta received her Ph.D. 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 taught and practiced urban design in USA, Japan, India, Vietnam and Indonesia. Her projects include the master plan for QTSC software technology Park in Vietnam, JICA projects in Japan and Indonesia, and slum redevelopment work in India. Geeta is a partner in URBZ, a think tank in Mumbai committed to developing online and community tools for "User Generated Cities", and in the firm of Braden and Mehta Designs.
Geeta is the co-author of several books on Japanese architecture including Japan Style, Japan House, Japan Living, Japan Gardens and New Japan Architecture. Her upcoming books include "City Connect: Regeneration, Equity and Sustainability in the 21st Century".
Geeta is also the founding director of Asia Initiatives, an NGO that supports micro credit and education projects in South Asia inspired by Prof. M. S. Swaminathan.
Urban Design Studio: Spring 2009
TWO URBAN PARADIGMS: VIENNA AND MUMBAI
Richard Plunz (Director), Michael Conard, Petra Kempf, Geeta Mehta, Kate Orff
The subject of the studio was a dialogue between Vienna and Mumbai around the topic of urban fabric generation and renewal. Involved were two fundamentally diverse economies and urban design modes, involving "formal" and "informal" sector development practice. The dialogue focused on a single large site for each city: Dharavi in Mumbai and Aspern Airport site in Vienna.
UD STUDIO III (SPRING 2010)
TWO AQUEOUS TRANSECTS: KINGSTON AND MUMBAI
Richard Plunz (Director), Michael Conard, Vanessa Keith, Petra Kempf, Geeta Mehta
The subject of this studio is a dialogue between Kingston, Jamaica and Mumbai, India. It will contrast two sea-level urban agglomerations within the differing geographic and cultural contexts of the Caribbean Sea and the Indian Ocean. Both remain principal ports within their regional contexts but with differing scale of activity and diverse economic and ecological constraints. Both are entering a phase of redevelopment related in part to re-invention of old port-related areas. Both sites entail a waterfront transect that bounds a comprehensive array of diverse urban functions, whose integration will be crucial to redevelopment planning. For both sites, study will focus on carefully chose particular fragments within the overall shorelines.
ASIAN URBANISM NOW
Architecture A6835 Section 001, Spring 2010
The intensity and scale of urban growth in Asia is one of the most exciting and alarming developments in recent history. Three cities that are the focus of this class- Tokyo, Shanghai, and Mumbai. These will be discussed within the broad context of Asia and urbanization in the world. The urban form, physical and socio-economic infrastructure, and future plans in each metropolis will be critically analyzed. Ways in which these cities respond to and are influenced by the issues of globalization, governance, environmental sustainability and social equity will be compared to each other, as well as other world cities.