“The Urban Rhetoric” is a bi-annual initiative by Innovature Research and Design Studio [IRDS] to create a platform for discussion and act as a catalyst in recreating the future of urbanism and urban development in India. We aim to do so with the help of an academic magazine with essays that inspire the agenda for future urbanism.



Issue 5-March 2022

Far away from the hustle bustle of the city, where the less privileged, native residents of the city move, are the underdeveloped urban fringe zones, which have no access to the city’s municipal infrastructure such as water supply, electricity or communication network.

Displacement of residential population, leading to gentrification have various debatable reasons such as re-articulation of urban spaces, social evolution, geopolitical changes and economic transformations.

Upgradation of Urban infrastructure is not just inevitable, but essential.

But, must we do that on account of displacing people from their homes?

Is this the ‘collateral damage’ that all cities have to bear or  can “Development” be achieved without crushing the city’s poor?

As a discussion platform for the future of urbanism, Issue 5 of The Urban Rhetoric shall aim to develop a dialogue on how urban development and planning, in terms of both design and policies have played a role in the cause and effect conundrum of gentrification. 

Do we have a way around or is this the natural fate of all cities that aim towards a developed future?


Issue1 -March 2020
Future of Urbanism
Issue2 -September 2020
The Urban People
Issue3 -March 2021
Spatial Chronicles
Issue4 -Spetember 2021
Place People Relationships