Tanu Sankalia

Associate Professor

Program Director • Full-Time Faculty

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Tanu Sankalia is Associate Professor and Program Director of the interdisciplinary program in Urban Studies at the University of San Francisco where he teaches courses in urban planning and design, architectural and urban history, and architectural design.

Professor Sankalia's research interests cover areas of architecture and urbanism from the local context of the San Francisco Bay Area to the global perspective of India. Current projects include a co-edited volume of essays, Urban Reinventions: San Francisco's Treasure Island, forthcoming from the University of Hawaii Press, which examines future plans for Treasure Island in the context of global, large-scale land development, and against the backdrop of the island's seventy-year urban history; a book manuscript called The Urban Unseen, which explores the historical, theoretical and design themes related to interstitial spaces in San Francisco's historic urban fabric; and, Mumbai-Caracas: Urban Spaces and Subjects in the Global South, which is an attempt to bridge cultures across Latin America and South Asia around shared experiences of urban space and modernity. Other research projects are related to the planning and urban design of public spaces in India.

Professor Sankalia is co-founder of the University of San Francisco faculty reading group El Circulo, which meets every week to read and discuss critical theory.

Program Director, Urban Studies
Bachelor of Architecture, School of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India
Master of Urban Design, University of California, Berkeley

Sankalia, T. and Horiuchi, L., eds. (Sept. 30, 2017). Urban Reinventions: San Francisco's Treasure Island. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Sankalia, T. (2017). “Power Planning and Policy: The Planning Histories of Ottawa and Toronto.” Review essay. Journal of Planning History.

Sankalia, T. (2015). Book review of “The Durable Slum: Dharavi and the Right to Stay Put in Globalizing Mumbai.” in Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 27(1), 86-87

Sankalia, T. (2014). "The Median Picnic: Street Design, Urban Informality and Public Space Enforcement." Journal of Urban Design, 19(4), 473-495.

Sankalia, T. (2014). "Perception and Exploration of Interstitial Space: Slots in San Francisco." In Terrain Vague: Interstices at the Edge of the Pale, eds. Manuela Mariani and Patrick Barron. London: Routledge, 77-85.

Sankalia, T. (2013). "Wish Images for Twentieth Century (American) Cities." Review essay. Journal of Urban History, 39(2), 348-356.

Sankalia, T. (2011). "The Optical Unconscious: Interstitial Space in San Francisco." Nordic Journal of Architecture, 1, 90-95.

Sankalia, T. (2011). "Excavating Minutia: Identity, Memory and Interstitial Space in San Francisco." 99th Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Conference Proceedings, eds. Alberto Perez-Gomez, Anne Cormier and Annie Pedret. Washington DC: ACSA Press, 550-561.

Sankalia, T. (2009). "From Facade to Interstitial Space: Reframing San Francisco's Victorian Residential Architecture." The Cultural Politics of Dwellings, ed. Nezar AlSayyad, International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) Working Paper Series, 213, 25-80.

The City of Tomorrow, World Affairs, 04/26/2017
Why Do SF's New Real Estate Developments Look So Similar?, hoodline, 04/16/2017