Indian Urban Futures 5 : Building on Success?

Monday 17 April 2023 - 15:30 to 18:00
The Gallery, Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ


As India becomes the world’s most populated and fastest growing country how can mid-sized cities with limited planning capacity respond to climate change, and learn from experience elsewhere ? This symposium will build on the first four Indian Urban Futures events which started in 2017, as we explore the challenges of scaling-up  innovation with  leading experts.

Common issues

  • How can neighbourhoods be designed to cut carbon emissions while avoiding overcrowding?
  • How can traffic congestion in urban streets  be cut?
  • Could intensification around public transport hubs  offer a solution?
  • Where will the finance to deal with water come from?
  • What can be done do make sustainable development the ‘smart choice’?

Contributors include:

  • Amirthan Christy Charles, Programme Director SCAD Nirman.
  • Savini Rajapakse, Princes Foundation
  • Nicholas Falk, URBED Trust
  • Brian Q Love, Connected Cities
  • David Milner, Create Streets
  • Sowmya Parthasarathy, Arup
  • Maxine Relton, Artist and tour leader
  • David Rudlin, URBED Trust/BDP

SCAD (Social Change and Development)

SCAD is a group of social enterprises that works with 600 villages and 4,000 women’s groups to ‘reach the unreached’ in the state of Tamil Nadu, Southern India. It runs colleges that train graduates in engineering and business, schools and other social enterprises includ a hospital.

In September 2020, SCAD with the help of the URBED Trust, completed a pilot eco-house on their Cheranmadhevi Campus near Tirunelveli, which  won the Indian Green Building Council’s Platinum Award.  The next step was to set up Gardens of Delight, a centre for sustainable development inspired by CAT (the Centre for Alternative Technology in mid-Wales). CAT is  running an experimental course  in May to help the centre expand its role.

Indian Urban Futures

The URBED Trust has run four successful Indian Urban Futures events with partners including the Urban Design Group, the Bristol Housing Festival,  universities in Chennai and Tirunelveli, and Buro Happold. The first was in 2017. Reports can be found under Smarter Urbanisation on  

The Symposium is free, hosted by the Urban Design Group

Please choose whether you are going to attend in person or online and then reserve your ticket on the link below: 

Attend in person at the Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London 

Attend online via Zoom