Over the last seven decades, planners in India have tried different approaches and adopted various methods to plan the Indian cities. From the early days of centralised Master planning to current emphasis on local town planning schemes, they embraced different tools. The state has put in place ambitious renewal schemes and smart city missions. However, questions, such as how to make planning mechanisms work for India persists as solutions either appear elusive or fall short of their objectives.
Centre for Research on Architecture and Urbanism (CAU) and the Centre for Urban Planning and Policy (CUPP) at CEPT University, has a launched a podcast series, titled Urban Planning in India, that traces the urban story so far. It offers a rich collection of conversations and audio essays. Prof A. Srivathsan. Executive Director CAU, said “Many ask the question why planning has not worked well in India? Cities continue to face the same issues that they have been facing for many years, why we have not solved them? In this podcast series, we have invited eminent thinkers, practitioners, public decision-makers and policy advocates to reflect on such questions, discuss critical issues and point out the way forward.”
The episodes in this podcast series are of two categories, one that engages with larger and fundamental issues of urban planning and policy and the other that looks at them through the stories of specific city experiences.
“The podcast series is a much-needed addition to the current discourse on urban planning in India. With an increasing focus on cities as urban planning practices have a critical role to play in making cities efficient and competitive. It is general agreement that our planning systems don’t work. The speakers in this podcast series will discuss key issues and obstacles and potential options for making city planning more efficient,” said Darshan Parikh, Operations Director CRDF.
Motivated by the excellent reception of a similar attempt on architecture, the centres have put together the podcast series that will benefit students, serve as resource materials for teaching, work as useful analysis to practitioners and support research as archival material.