India's Urban Futures

Thursday 11 May 2017 - 14:30 to 19:30
Marshall’s Design Space, Compton Courtyard, 40 Compton St London EC1V 0BD

Two part, free event - kindly hosted by Marshalls

Part 1 -India's Urban FuturesSymposium and Workshop -2.30-5.30pm@ Marshalls Design Space

Part 2 -India's Urban Futures - Feed Back and Conclusions -6-7.30pm@ Marshall's Design Space


2.30-5.30pm Symposium and Workshop @ Marshalls Design Space

India has a population of 1.2 billion, only 30 per cent of whom live in urban areas. With one of the fastest growing economies in the world, the major cities are sprawling and many people live in slums with inadequate water and electricity. This half day symposium will discuss principles for smarter urbanisation through a series of workshops on avoiding urban sprawl, pollution, and unaffordable housing. It will feed into a project that The URBED Trust is undertaking in the far South of Tamil Nadu with the SCAD Group (Social Change and Development)

SunandPrasad, founder ofPenoyre& Prasad, and Past President of the RIBA will chair the event.

Contributions from UDG members Nidhi Bhargava and Jas Bhalla will set the scene.

Presentations from:

SowmyaParthasarathy(Arups) on what smart cities need to offer,

RajatGupta, (Oxford Brookes University) on research into social housing, and

Nicholas Falk on his recent visit to Southern India, will pose questions for discussion.

Workshops will consider four inter-related sets of issues:

1. Transport
a. Making public transit more attractive
b. Improving walking and cycling
c. Managing the growth of car ownership

2. Housing
a. Stopping urban sprawl
b. Planning sustainable urban extensions
c. Designing and building eco-houses

3. Public health
a. Dealing with rubbish and building conservation
b. Upgrading water supply and the green infrastructure
c. Improving nutrition and well-being

4. Community engagement
a. Managing and extending public spaces
b. Conserving neighbourhood heritage
c. Supporting community and voluntary enterprise


6-7.30pm India's Urban Futures - Feed Back and Conclusions @ Marshall's Design Space

Session hosted by TheURBED Trust, the conclusions will be fed backto those interested in India and the growth of emerging economies. It will discuss howIndian and British organisations could worktogether.