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.

Since the days of 'the raj', India, has made marginal changes in its mind set towards urban design and planning, while ironically the British themselves have Kept abreast with changing times by revamping their sense of urban planning & design multiple times. This atrophied approach to spatial planning results in master plans that play no meaningful part in shaping the form and future of our cities, relegating them to regulatory references that merely dictate, 'what can you use this piece of land for, and how much can you build'.

Spatial plans underpin both the development of infrastructure and services, as well as the ability for sustainable governance of our cities. They anchor the long-term political, social, economic and environmental vision for a city and its region and guide all public agencies on successfully fulfilling all visionary goals. When used effectively, spatial plans reflect government policies and development initiatives, translating them to ground reality.

Key participation in planning, especially at the micro level of neighbourhoods, can effectively reflect the aspirations and ownership of the people, while providing tangible accountability from their local government. In essence, spatial plans are the fulcrum around which vibrant cities are shaped.

Our work involves technical expertise, innovation, and policy advocacy our approach to spatial planning rests on two frameworks: the strategic framework and the physical framework. The strategic framework is built around what we call the 3-E Principles: Environment, Economy, Equity. These are common principles that provide a reference to the planning process, taking a balanced approach to all three. The physical framework defines the basic networks of transport and networked infrastructure, upon which principles of good planning, including, zoning innovations, transit oriented growth, density allocations, and re- development can be supported.

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