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Goldstein selected as inaugural recipient of Princeton | Places Urban Imagination Prize

Left: Shoshana Goldstein. Right: A domestic worker in a high rise in Gurugram. Photo by Shoshana Goldstein
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Shoshana Goldstein has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Princeton | Places Urban Imagination Prize. Her project, “The Urban Exodus: Mobility Justice for India’s Migrants in the Age of Covid-19,” will tell the story of the longstanding inequities suffered by migrant workers in Gurugram, and how these have been intensified in the face of the global pandemic.

Goldstein is currently a Princeton Mellon/Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Fellow in the Department of Architecture and M.S. Chadha Center for Global India, where her research focuses on urban planning in South Asia. She holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from Cornell University and an M.A. in international affairs from The New School.

The jury was impressed with the narrative depth and detail of Goldstein’s proposal, which connects an important story of longstanding mobility injustice grounded in Gurugram, India, with pressing global issues, including a spurious “politics of self-reliance” and the value of more communal and compassionate responses. Marshall Brown, director of the Princeton Urban Imagination Center, noted that “as a center dedicated to the production of exceptional urbanism, we are pleased to support the creation of new public scholarship with this prize, and were delighted to receive a wide-ranging group of submissions from around the world. The selected project stood out to the jury for its conceptual strength and, of course, timeliness. We look forward to seeing the results of Dr. Goldstein’s research and writing in the coming months.”

The Princeton | Places Urban Imagination Prize was established this year to encourage ambitious public scholarship in the design disciplines. Recipients receive an honorarium of $7,500 to produce a major work of public scholarship for Places and present a related lecture sponsored by the Princeton Urban Imagination Center.