With thirty percent of the population in India living in urban areas and climate change being a threat, sustainable urbanism is priority. Much effort to combat climate change can be made by efficiently planning upcoming neighborhoods and retrofitting existing ones. Indian cities are not integrated and have been incapable of keeping up with demands of growing population and facility demand.
Due to rapid urbanization, green spaces in Indian cities have greatly been compromised on. Open spaces have been exploited by commercial developments resulting in increased pollution and creation of urban heat inlands. Urban streetscapes which were once tree lined and full of urban life have been replaced by traffic laden roads devoid of pedestrian activity. Designing neighborhoods that are well connected, compact, well-integrated and people friendly is the way forward to achieve holistic sustainability. It is essential for urban design to establish a stable, healthy relationship between neighborhoods and their dwellers.
Climate sensitive design and planning of streetscapes that provide shade and thermal comfort will restore the desire of people to walk and use outdoor spaces in India. Improved Walkability will enhance social interaction, safety in neighborhoods and reduce carbon emissions from vehicular dependence. This project aims to deliver recreational opportunities to urban Indian residents by providing increased outdoor thermal comfort.
Pallavi Chidambaranath – India
Pallavi holds a Bachelors in Architecture from Manipal School of Architecture and Planning, and has completed her Masters in Planning at the School of Planning and Architecture, New, Delhi, India. She has worked as an architect at Auroville Design Consultants, and as an Associate Architect at Integrated Design, India.