People Building Better Cities – Exhibition on Inclusive Development

PRIA and PBBC (Global Studio) exhibition inaugurated on 4th October 2013 at the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi with support of National Institute of Urban Affairs and Forum of Informal Urban Workers.

The exhibition descriptively engages the viewer towards various initiative, tools and practices of Global Studio and PRIA towards an inclusive urban development. The inauguration ceremony was followed by a walkthrough of all the panels and works done and was followed by an enriching panel discussion. The panel discussion was chaired and crisply moderated by Mr. Chetan Vaidya- Director, SPA .

Mr. Manoj Rai, Director-PRIA touched upon the need of a revolution of a thought process that doesn’t see the poor as the ‘other’. This thought process then can infiltrate into making programmes such as Rajiv Awas Yojana, National Livelihood Mission or even the addressal of migrants in urban areas, a success. He also touched upon a study that PRIA has initiated to identify and declare the ‘economic contribution of the urban poor in the city’s GDP’. The findings of the study would be revealed on the 15th at Habitat Centre, Delhi.

Ms. Shayamala Mani, Professor, NIUA who has done detailed work in waste management and inclusion of waste pickers, spoke about the attitude of lay citizens. More often than not we blame the policy and governance, but on ground one experiences that first block in ‘including’ the poor comes from the mental block of the middle class and the rich. She correctly said that by ‘including’ the poor, it is not a favour that the privileged society does, rather it is a right of the poor and the duty of the privileged sect to make an inclusive urban society.

Mr. Dharmendra Kumar, Secretary Janpahl, representing FIUPW elucidated the power of the community. Interestingly he highlighted how city like Delhi is urbanising and some of this urbanisation is inclusive such as Delhi Metro which has given a legitimate livelihood to rickshaw pullers, while some such as carbon hungry infrastructure and flyovers that exclude the poor and are not sustainable. He stressed on the fact how we need to relook our planning methods and practices such as building gated communities that over time are just increasing the gap between rich and poor. Today more than ever before, there is greater need for communicate on between the rich and poor to contribute together to sustainable inclusive urban development.

Dr. Neelima RIsbud, Head of Housing Department, SPA and Coordinator of National Resource Centre of MHUPA spoke about the nuanases of working in a urban poor settlement as a practioneer. She is also spoke about how our education system needs to familiarise the urban planner to be inclusive in its thought, speech and actions and not just in paper. The planner needs to recognise the potential and power of the urban poor. She also touched upon recent occurrings where in the judicial system has often not supported the poor and with pressure of the middle class and rich, victimised the poor. There is also a growing market pressure in urban poor settlements which is making the urban poor vulnerable. She also stressed on the need of capacity building of our urban local bodies towards aspects of inclusive development and community participation.

An overarching theme that all the panellist touched was upon bette governance and more process oriented than project oriented development projects that ensures better and successful community participation.

The exhibition is on till the 18th October at SPA.  See some glimpses here:



The exhibition is also traveling at other locations in the city:

  • October 7, Monday and 8, Tuesday Janpahal Shelter for Homeless with Janpahal and India FDI Watch
  • October 9, Wednesday and 10, Thursday Baljeet Nagar with HAQ
  • October 11, Friday and 12, Saturday Seemapuri with All India Kabadi Mazdoor Mahasangh
  • October 14, Monday and 15, Tuesday Rohini with All India Rickshaw Pullers Association
  • Oct 17, Thursday, and 18, Friday B-5 Vasant Kunj with Jhuggi Jhopri Ekta Manch

7th and 8th event was a success, catch some glimpses below:




The Seemapuri exhibition will feature an exhibition and sale of innovative, upcycled products from the local all-women cooperative Kabad Se Jugad, and a screening of the documentary ‘ Don’t Waste People’ by Julia Waterhouse

There will also be informal talks and discussions with
Dr. B.C. Sabata, Sr. Scientific Officer, Dept. of Environment
Mr. Ravi Agarwal, Artist and Environmental Activist

At Rohini, enjoy the Installation and demonstration of solar-powered and hybrid rickshaw prototypes ‘Adda’ discussion community issues.

Dont Miss it!!


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