The Architecture of Urban India: A Regional Approach

Feduchi, Luis (2011). The Architecture of Urban India: A Regional Approach, The University of Queensland´s Global Challenge Leadership Series in Chennai, India, School of Architecture, The University of Queensland.

Author Feduchi, Luis
Title The Architecture of Urban India: A Regional Approach
School, Department or Centre School of Architecture
Institution The University of Queensland
Seminar Series The University of Queensland´s Global Challenge Leadership Series in Chennai, India
Publication date 2011-11-21
Location Tamil Nadu, India
Publisher School of Architecture, The University of Queensland
Language eng
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Abstract Paradoxical as it may seem, in order to reduce the ecological footprint of a city the approach must be that of studying an even larger territorial footprint. In order for cities to grow in a sustainable manner the approach ought to be a regional one. This presentation, along with the research, modelling and deliverables it suggests, aims to identify the framework or architecture of the new landscape emerging in what we can identify today as Urban India –a limitless urban patch expanding rapidly beyond our traditional and contemporary planning tools. The concept of urban-region as defined by Prof Richard T. T. Forman is at the base of this presentation. The presentation stems from the comparative approach that Prof Feduchi´s India Imprint design-and-research-program and will eventually focus on the vast urban region comprising two rapidly growing coastal cities of South India –Pondicherry and Chennai. The India Imprint programme has been working for almost a decade on the pattern of urbanisation in Indian cities, severely criticising the Master plan approach, which is incapable of addressing its complexity. At the core of his method is the aforementioned idea of urban region and a series of strategic interventions through time bound urban projects. The work produced in relation to the Pondicherry region has been achieved thanks to the support of key strategic partners like PondyCAN, the Indian Trust for Cultural and Artistic Heritage, the Auroville Urban Research Centre and the Pondicherry Govt Town and Planning office. The new centre for Research on Architectural Design (ROAD) of the University of Queensland directed by Luis Feduchi has invited Dr A. Srivathsan, an urban designer, researcher, who has been studying the development of Chennai for more than a decade and mapped its impact on the city, to participate in a networking opportunity directed at designing the scope the above mentioned collaborative project and broadening the pool of strategic partners. Together, Prof Feduchi and Dr Srivathsan will outline the possibility of a collaborative research project for Chennai – Pondicherry urban corridor in three clear and perhaps overlapping phases. - A first phase, of research and mapping of this coastal urban corridor with key strategic partners. Sharing this information and analysis with the concerned government institutions involved in the planning of this region - A second phase is to work out the possibility of modelling a Regional Plan with the active participation of state and local government offices - A final phase of deliverables in the form of, method continuously monitor the urban growth of this corridor, Produce tool kits for various groups to implement the regional plan, identify strategic urban projects (not just well intentioned master plans) with different modalities of implementation. The presentation will also highlight the need for a scientific and rigorous method and the urgent need to use tools such as foot prints, climatic gradient and resource mapping to arrive at development paradigm. The presentation would spotlight UQ’s rich experience in studying similar coastal urban region - the Brisbane-Gold Coast urban corridor - and the methods it has evolved to plan from an environmental perspective. The UQ would, as a follow up to the presentation, discuss with IIT Madras, Departments of Development Studies, Transportation, GIS modelling and Building Technology, and Anna University’s School of Architecture and Planning, to put together a Research Project proposal in the context of the Australia India Strategic Fund.

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Created: Tue, 06 Dec 2011, 11:43:49 EST by Luis Feduchi on behalf of School of Architecture