CSUD awarded grant to profile participatory planning and design

by | September 17, 2012
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Global Studio, in collaboration with CSUD, has received a grant from the SAPPI Ideas that Matter program. The grant supports the 12-city, six-country exhibition and associated catalog  ‘People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization.’  Led by CSUD’s Adjunct Senior Scholar Dr. Anna Rubbo, the project launches in India in January 2013.

The four-month traveling exhibition project will put the case for participatory planning and design as a necessary component of sustainable and equitable cities in an era of climate change, and will illustrate participatory approaches through Global Studio projects undertaken in Bhopal, India in 2012.

Examples will range from the small scale – improving the learning experience of children in an under- resourced elementary school, to the neighborhood and to the city scale where livability for the urban poor can be positively impacted by urban design strategies which take people’s views into consideration.  The exhibition has special relevance to India as it implements the new Slum Free City policy which calls for people’s participation, but also to the many countries where civic society wants a voice in urban development.

The proposed exhibition venues include Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, and Ahmedabad, followed by Bangkok, Rio de Janiero, Sydney, Johannesburg, and New York.  In each venue there will be a local event organized by the exhibition host, so as to promote debate about these issues, with the outcomes documented as part of this action research project.

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