Urban Samavaad at Delhi!

This weekend, Delhi was all enthralled in an interactive dialogue exhibition called Urban Samavaad at the premises of School of Planning and Architecture Delhi. It was an interactive and dialogue oriented exhibition, where students from SPA and young urban professionals showcased their creative endeavor and expressive ideas based on various facades of urbanization. They shared the results of their research on Indian urbanization with urban professionals, policy makers and the general public through this exhibition. Main thematic areas of the exhibition were transport, slum settlements, energy consumption, waste management and public toilets. Whole exhibition was divided into four segments; Our Mohalla, Our Parivahan, Our Kshetra and  Cross-over Topics.

Here are abstracts of the presentations by the speakers:


Asjad B. Alvi

MAKING HOUSES AFFORDABLE: An Alternative Finance Model for Low Income Housing

It is a myth that the slum dwellers live in such conditions because of lack of money. It is the existing financial mechanisms that hinder the urban poor to attain a respectable shelter. It had been found that the slum dwellers can pay upto Rs. 4 lakh for better shelter. If this potential is properly utilized, it can provide better housing for a more equal society. Want to know how this can be done? Walk up to “MAKING HOUSES AFFORDABLE”

Tanya Dwivedi

 DISASTERS IN DELHI: Planning for Local Level Disaster Resilience

India’s disaster management efforts have largely consisted of rescue and rehabilitation efforts after a disaster has struck. There is a need to understand that hazards like earthquake, flood etc. are natural phenomenon and disaster losses are preventable, if initiatives are taken to increase disaster resilience of an area before the hazard turns into disaster. My research identifies components of Disaster Resilience and ranks six areas in Delhi according to their level of Disaster Resilience.

Divyakumar Garg

NEECHE DUKAAN, UPAR MAKAAN- Home Based Enterprises in Low Income Housing

Home Based Enterprises are small, capital saving and labour intensive enterprises in nature. They are a solution generated by opportunity deprived (poor or uneducated) families for their living. My research aims on studying their economic and spatial linkages and their impact on living environment with focus on socio-economic, housing, health and environment aspects.

Manisha Singh and Rohit Kumar

 Houses for Whom? Slum Development as Strategy for Housing Shortage

This project attempts to solve the housing problems in Raipur by focusing on slums which constitute 36% of the city’s population. Focusing on the development of slums will help to cover 70% of the housing shortage. This is achieved through in-situ up-gradation, relocation and redevelopment strategies.

Swati Talwar

Mixed (AB)Use: Implications of Mixed Use Development in the City

Mixed use development has existed in our historic cities, prevails today and is being planned for future development. The thesis compares outcome of this strategy in two scenarios: one in a planned way and other in an organic. The planned path leads to bare minimum issues while the other results in varied issues like pollution, infrastructure stress, traffic congestion, health and safety. Mixed use development can be both boon and bane: the path we choose will decide what is going to be.



Chirag Chutani

Is It Safe to Cross the Road? Assessing the Quality of Pedestrian Facilities

Pedestrian facilities and related research has for a long time been a neglected study area in India. The lack of knowledge and adequate interventions has led to rise taking behaviors of pedestrian while crossing the road. My research work aims at formulating standards for assessment and provision of improved pedestrian facilities.

Chaharing Namdol Bodh

Let’s Go By Bus: Transport Planning for Town and City Tourism

For many years now, tourism has been playing an important role in the development of India. But little has been done from the government’s end to promoted tourism in a sustainable and a more regulated way. Among the major factors that could help in achieving this goal is the TRASPORT SYSTEM of a tourist place. The thesis work explores the perspective of a tourist and expertise of a transport planner in developing a transport system of a resort town in a way that can help in promoting tourism in a more regulated way.

Rahul Verma

It’s Not Just a Stop, it’s a Destination: Integrated Development of metro Corridor

The physical structure of a city, its size and sprawl, its way of life and character, all are dependent upon the nature and quality of Urban Transport System. My research aims at decentralizing the overcrowded core area of a city by integrating it with development of a Metro Corridor.


Purushottam Jadhav

How Wet is Water Footprint? Strategies for Urban –Regional Water Management

In recent years it has become clear that local water depletion and pollution are one of the most upcoming critical issues. This thesis focuses on understanding the water footprint scenario of Pune region and the extent to which it can be reduced. The study reveals the importance of analysis of the water footprint of a region to get a complete picture of the relation between water availability and the use of water resource.

Bhavna Solanki

A Port is Not Just a Port- the Potential of Ports for Fostering Regional and Urban Development

The research deals with integration of port development with its hinterland. A port us seen as an opportunity to create localize centres of trade and employment. Thus the study attempts to analyses the factors responsible for integrated port and hinterland development and proposes planning intervention to achieve a holistic regional development.

Sarang Goel

Cities save electricity! – Planning Urban Energy Management

Cities are big energy guzzlers. There is a need to manage it and this can be done through efficient planning and architecture, to some extent. But, the ultimate onus lies on citizens, as every individual (and his habits) matter.


Varun Kakkara and Vinayak V.P

SOCHalaya- Thinking Toilets

With the mandate that Design has the potential to improve the quality of life, preserve the environment, reduce disease and uphold human dignity, the Design Studio of Industrial Design, with its 19 students spent 10 weeks reinventing Sanitation Solutions and the Toilet itself.

The attempt of this exercise was to knit together our understanding of human behaviors, habits, our diverse socio-cultural contexts, economic considerations and advancement in technology to arrive at design interventions that address areas in sanitation and hygiene, which are peculiar and specific to out context.


One thought on “Urban Samavaad at Delhi!

  1. Sarah Habersack November 12, 2013 at 10:09 am Reply

    The documentation of the exhibition and all the panels displayed there will be uploaded soon. The link will be posted. The panels are still to be seen at School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi until tomorrow evening.

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