Why is India urbanizing slowly? Why do some regions urbanize faster than others? Why do some cities grow faster than others?
How are urban transportation systems, infrastructure and institutions gendered?
How can we understand gender inequality in urban transportation?
What kinds of initiatives have cities in India and globally undertaken and what can we learn from them? This was the them of masterclass organized at IIHS(Indian Institute of Human Settlements)
Urban planning has been one of the core areas of my study from past many years. It was also a central aspect of my ‘Global Manager of 21st century(Zero Cost MBA)’ project. In my effort to understand Urban planning from different angles; I have participated recently in lecture on mapping of Ganga basin. A lot of learning followed through and you can read the same in my blog post.
This masterclass continues from Sumetee’s last class titled “Are Southern Cities Adapting to Climate Change?”. Sumetee practised as a public sector consultant for more than a decade in South Africa, in the domains of integrated strategic planning and performance management across national, provincial and local government. Learners were encouraged to extend this framework into the city of Bangalore
In this master class, Sumetee Gajjar, shared adaptation research and practice from 4 Southern Cities (Durban and Cape Town in South Africa, Dar es Salaam in Zanzibar and Mexico City) using a city systems framework. Learners were encouraged to extend this framework to Bangalore and reflect upon the merits and challenges of applying such a frame to motivate climate adaptation in Indian cities.
Finally, after more than 1,5 year after submission of the Designing cities 3rd assignment to make my city better, city authorities have taken note of it
My idea of introducing bi-cycle might be a reality in future. From online learning to reality.
In line with Government of India, ‘Smart cities’ initiative, I have given a small push to make my hometown a smart city. Taken a cue from the assignment of Design cities, Univ. of Pennsylvania course , I have pitched to have a bi-cycle track in my home town.