Over the last few days there have been a few articles and news reports about the state of urban planning in India. The catalyst for this buzz is the monsoon rains that hit India over the last week. We have collated the articles in to one summary post for our readers. – Damian Holmes
NDMA blames 50 years of bad planning for Delhi deluge
As the national capital continues to cope with the after-effects of heavy showers with some places still waterlogged, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) says five decades of bad planning was responsible for Delhi coming to a virtual standstill on that rained out Monday three days ago.
SOURCE: sifynews.com – NDMA blames 50 years of bad planning for Delhi deluge
Listen to two planning experts give their view on the issue at livemint.com
Just to Clarify welcomes two guests. Professor Usha Raghupathi, from the National Institute of Urban Affairs, has a domain of expertise that includes urban development management, infrastructure and services, and urban reforms. A Srivatsan is a Chennai-based urban planning expert.
SOURCE: Livemint & WSJ – Why do the rains wreck Indian cities?
Ashley D’Mello of Times of India reprots
MUMBAI: The dream to re-mould the city and its surroundings into a cleaner, greener and a hi-tech metropolis is firming up with the state shortlisting 14 international firms out of 39 that had expressed interest in the project.
Among the consultants shortlisted are Jurong Consultants, Singapore, Lea International, Canada, Urbis, Dubai, Calthrope Associates USA, Groupe SCE,France, Gensler,USA, ILFS and Perkins Eastman, US, Arup Consultants with Domnique Perrault (France), Atonk International/Edsa, US, Buro Happold, London, Maxwan Arehelt, Rotterdam, GFB, Germany, and Consulting Engineering Services, India.
SOURCE: Times of India – 14 firms shortlisted for city makeover
Down To Earth magazine has published a great article by Yogesh Saaji & Jonathan Smulian (Wallace Roberts and Todd) about the urban renewal in Indian cities:
Contrasts in living standards in India make it imperative that urban planning ensures equitable distribution of employment avenues, housing and basic infrastructure. Affordable transport systems facilitating convenient access from homes to workplaces are as critical as educational, commercial, and recreational opportunities.
read the full article at the SOURCE: Down To Earth magazine – Rebuilding cities
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Inspired by the 2005 floods, Dilip da Cunha and his wife, Anuradha Mathur, who teach design and landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, have spent the last two and a half years studying Mumbai and its uneasy relationship with water. They recently released their findings and 12 proposals for making the city more resilient to floods in the form of a museum exhibit and a book, both titled “Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary.”
read the full article at the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – As Mumbai Spills Over, Floodwater Creeps Closer
Also visit the website Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary
Purchase the Book(USD$125) – Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary
NZ Herald News reports
“An Auckland engineering firm has won the contract to design a US$1.5 billion ($2.9 billion) Bangladesh bridge.
Maunsell AECOM NZ Newmarket office scored the job for the Padma Bridge, which is to be Bangladesh’s largest and connect the south-west region with the country’s capital Dhaka.”
[SOURCE: NZ Herald News – Auckland firm to design $3b bridge]
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