I know Binti since 2005 when she was a research scholar and as her super senior in IIT Bombay. Back then in 2005 Binti along with many other enthusiasts in Mumbai were busy figuring ways and means for better municipal governance in the aftermath of the floods of July 2005. Binti has been relentlessly documenting, researching and writing on these issues since then. Her scholarship on this subject is unique and beneficial to the government, civil society and academia alike.
The published works of Dr Binti Singh are very significant to Urbanism in the Indian context. She has tremendous ability to describe and analyze the complex issues about Indian cities. I have been a co-author with her on a chapter in a book titled "Trends and Issues of Housing in Asia", where she presented the nuances of redevelopment of existing housing stock in Mumbai within the larger global imperatives and theoretical argument related to political and economic restructuring. Her work has remarkable influence in academic understanding of Asian Urbanism, especially to Indian context.
Binti was my colleague in KRVIA, Mumbai. She is a dedicated scholar and an enthusiastic researcher. Her expertise on civic admin and built environment was very useful for the March study program and studio. She is a good teacher and gets along very well with students and colleagues. She keeps herself updated with writing & presenting papers and very recently she authored books that concern the city and its functioning.
I met Dr. Singh in 2014 when I was assisting six thesis students at KRVIA, Mumbai. Dr. Singh expertise on Indian cities and work on urban sociology was a resourceful support for the studio. Specifically, the most critical contribution was to bring in different perspective of designing with social inclusion, cultural consciousness and climate awareness.
I know Binti since 2012 when she had submitted a research paper to my journal Urban India. She had documented several initiatives in participatory governance, drawing from experiments in Mumbai. As Editor of the journal, I found her research arguments focused and reporting to be quite meticulous. Like Binti, having myself lived and worked in ‘the land of the rising sun’- Japan, I know from where does this professional ethics, scientific rigour and timeliness emanate from. Binti has an exceptional quality of having an eye for details while making the sense of the larger picture. Seeing her tireless and optimistic attitude, I am confident that she would go a long way in the field of social sciences.