About Us

Jana USP shares the mission of its sister organization - Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy: transforming quality of life for all in urban India.

Jana Urban Space Foundation [JanaUSP] was first established as India Urban Space Foundation (IndiaUSP) in 2007. It is a non-partisan, not-for-profit trust working on the core premise that urban planning and urban design are central to shaping vibrant cities and city regions, thus enhancing the quality of life.

JanaUSP's goal is to catalyse a more thoughtful transition for a rapidly urbanizing India, through three streams of activities involving practice and policy: Urban Planning; Urban Design; Policies for Planning and Design.

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Policy Initiatives

We believe our cities and city-regions require not just better planning, but also better implementation, and enforcement.

Our view is that the starting point for sustainable improvement, is revising archaic legacy statutes and processes, and developing robust policies that respond to contemporary demands and aspirations, respecting federal structures and democratic principles.

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Urban Design

As migration mounts and our cities grow, one of the biggest challenges we see is in the transactional relationship between citizens and cities.

The current developmental pace has promoted haphazard infrastructure with absolute disregard to social science or aesthetics. Ownership and neighbourhood communities provide a sense of place and identity. In order to nurture ownership and building communities, investing in urban design details is of vital importance.

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Urban Planning

Indian cities today are perched precariously on the precipice of rigidly regulated master plans on the one hand, and completely uncoordinated 'free for all' market determined growth on the other.

The result is visible in the chaotic expansion of our cities and in the discordant, makeshift nature of public infrastructure being built.

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