Swati Ramanathan establishes the importance of using SPACE as a filter for understanding and examining various issues, and how IUSF is providing a platform for a dialogue and debate on this approach. Read more here: Indian Urban Space
Swati Ramanathan explores why the present day chaos and quagmire is debilitating and affecting town planing in India despite the country being a cradle for many ancient arts and sciences, and why there is a dearth of modern day urban planners? Read on here: ‘Where are the Planners?’,
Swati Ramanathan discusses how integrating policy and spatial planning requires various departments involved in planning at the municipal (urban) and panchyat (rural) levels to come together for balanced development. Read here: ‘Bringing Sita and Gita together …’
The universal conception of India is that of a rural country. Popular images that we see, the bulk of Government programs, the focus of non-government organizations (NGOs) as well as international funding agencies, are all geared towards the rural population. With political forces and reform agencies concentrating on rural issues, the urban phenomenon has not been on the radar screen for most.
To read more about Urban design and the challenges ahead: http://janaagraha.org/resource/Urban_design_in_India.pdf