How Can We Create a Liveable, Affordable and Sustainable City?

Delhi, SPACE10 Delhi 18:00 - 22:00 IST 13.02.20

Join us for an evening of discussion and imagination of how we can create better cities for tomorrow — for everyone.


About 1.5 million people move to a city every week, making it so that 60% of the globe will be city living by 2030 according to the Population Reference Bureau. It’s no wonder cities account for 75% of resource consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions (International Resource Panel). On top of that, research from the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health shows that city dwellers are 40% more at risk of depression due to feeling increasingly isolated and alone.

Cities aren’t going to dwindle anytime soon and our current housing structures are not suited to accommodate the shift. For the best interest of our shared planet and personal well-being, we must start acting now to create better cities for tomorrow to better impact the way we live.

Vertical Village Asia Made by EFFEKT Architects for SPACE10

About the Event

This event aims to inform, inspire and engage those interested in creating the future cities and communities of the world. At the event, we’ll share knowledge, spark conversation and learn from both Delhi communities and thought leaders alike. The evening is open to all and will feature speakers from various fields giving short presentations followed by an open, moderated discussion.

We call this type of future planning ‘Shared Living’ and we’re currently exploring these themes through our Shared Living research case. Research under this umbrella extends through new financial models, building systems, resource access and how to form viable communities. The findings from the research have among others resulted in the ‘Urban Village Project’, a vision that rethinks how we might design, build, finance and share our future homes, neighbourhoods and cities in ways that are more inclusive, sustainable and affordable. The Urban Village Project will be exhibited at SPACE10 Delhi for two weeks, opening at this event.

About the Speakers

Moderator of the evening, Amritha Ballal, is an architect, urbanist and writer and the Co-Founder of the design practice SpaceMatters. With a focus on socially sustainable design and inclusive cities, Amritha has spearheaded projects that are diverse in scale and nature, ranging from one of the first Integrated Development Plans for an urban village in Delhi to the Bhopal Gas Tragedy post-disaster brownfield redevelopment. She teaches at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi and has published a number of works, including Landscapes of Memory (2012), and the City is Our Home (2011).

Prathima Manohar is the founder of The Urban Vision, a ‘liveable cities think-do-tank’, researching urban development, organising community initiatives, and fostering dialogue to shape the next generation of urbanisation, with citizens and decision-makers alike. Manohar writes on architecture, urban development and design for platforms like The Times of India, the International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal and has corresponded for France24 and TF1 on the Indian economy, developmental and cultural issues. As an urbanist, she has researched and piloted projects within affordable housing, participatory planning and green cities alike.

Mukta Naik is an architect, urban planner and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR). Prior to CPR, she worked with Micro Home Solutions City Lab, a think-tank piloting innovative scalable solutions for resilient and inclusive cities. Here, she worked in a number of community-based interventions to improve housing in informal settlements. In her research at CPR, she focuses on the links between internal migration and urbanisation in the Indian context, and her research interests include housing and urban poverty, urban informality, and internal migration, as well as urban transformations in small cities. Naik has written a number of articles, published at The Print, Hindustan Times, and The Wire.

Megha Behal is working as an Associate Fellow and Area Convenor with the Energy and Resources Institute (teri) in the Sustainable Habitat Program. Teri is an independent research, policy and implementation organisation acting as innovators and agents of change in the energy, environment, climate change and sustainability space, and the Sustainable Habitat Program has been working specifically with sustainable urban development, transportation systems, and habitats for over two decades. Behal has a background in architecture with a Master’s degree in Energy and Environment, has a profound interest in sustainable building materials and construction practices and was involved in developing the national Sustainability Assessment Tool for evaluating the performance of building materials and systems in the context of social housing in India.

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Delhi, SPACE10 Delhi 18:00 - 22:00 IST 13.02.20