Meeting the Challenge of Urbanization in the 21st Century: Focus in India

11:00 am–12:00 pm
New Committee Room, School of Planning and Architecture
4-Block-B, Indraprastha Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110002, India

Sep.
25

Never in history have we built so much, in so many different places. Population growth, urbanization and technological change are all pushing us to conceive and design spaces in human societies in new and better ways, towards more environmentally sustainable and socially equitable human settlements. Much of what is happening in the fastest growing cities in the world today, however, is informal and while vital fails to incorporate advanced knowledge or seize opportunities for leapfrogging solutions. In this talk, Professor Luis Bettencourt, Pritzker Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, Professor, Ecology and Evolution and the College, Associate Faculty, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago will discuss these challenges from the perspective of what we know scientifically about cities and formal processes of design. He will discuss some of the history of these ideas and practices in India and how such perspectives demand a more person-centric approach that incorporates the vernacular with formal top-down design and planning. In this way, Professor will point to how spatial design can fulfill its long-avowed aspirations to create open-ended systems that are an integral part of networked processes of sustainable human development.

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