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Short course On ‘Sustainable Urban Futures’

Human Resource

Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) in partnership with Sustainable Urbanism International announces a short course on ‘Sustainable Urban Futures: Heritage, Culture and Environment’ in Bangalore from March 23 – March 24, 2012.The course will address the core issue of how we can build better urban futures that are sustainable.
The course proposes a comprehensive approach rooted in local context and responsive to the heritage, culture, and histories of a place. Integrating theoretical concepts with practical strategies, the participants will explore ways to apply universal norms and standards of sustainability and heritage conservation to benefit particular places and communities. In contrast to the current divide between urban development aimed at modernization and heritage conservation, the course leads urge integrative solutions.
Participants will see Indian and International experiences and perspectives, methods and tools, and conduct field studies to learn about place-based and community-oriented strategies for building urban futures. The course will benefit practising architects and planners involved in heritage and conservation projects, architecture and planning students, tourism officials, operators and managers, and urban management professionals.
Dr. Jyoti Hosagrahar faculty at Columbia University, New York and Director of Sustainable Urbanism International and Ar. Sathyaprakash Varanashi present convener of INTACH, Bangalore chapter will facilitate the course.

Faculty Profiles
Dr. Jyoti Hosagrahar is a professor at Columbia University, New York and Director of Sustainable Urbanism International at Columbia University, and Bangalore, India. Architect, planner, and historian, she is engaged with planning, design, and policies on urban development, urban conservation, and sustainability issues. Her research interests include urban heritage, cultural and environmental sustainability of cities focusing on the intersections of nature, culture, and the built environment. She serves as an expert for UNESCO on historic cities and urban sustainability. She has been on the working group for the UNESCO Recommendation on Historic Urban Landscaps and also with the UNESCO Expert Group for Urban Futures. Hosagrahar is the author of Indigenous Modernities: Negotiating Architecture and Urbanism (Architext Series, Routledge, 2005) awarded a 2006 book prize by the International Planning History Society. In partnership with The Energy Resource Institute, India, Hosagrahar developed a framework for moving towards urban sustainability, “An Exploration of Sustainability in the Provision of Basic Urban Services in Indian Cities” (TERI, 2009). She led SUI in the preparation of an integrated site management plan for the conservation and sustainable development of the heritage of the Hoysala towns in Karnataka that includes a 5-volume report. She has been the recipient of grants from the Graham Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Institute of Indian Studies. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Journal of Planning History and Buildings and Landscapes as well as on the board for the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. For more information, please see, www.sustainurban.org.

Ar. Sathyaprakash Varanashi
Sathya studied architecture at Bangalore, urban design at Delhi and heritage conservation at England. Accordingly, buildings, cities and history continue to be his main areas of activities. A former Head of Dept. of Architecture, he is involved in academics, outreach activities, freelance writing, professional associations and NGO initiatives. Right from early on, he was attracted to design ideas rooted in cost, culture, climate and creativity, thanks to the influence of architects like Lauri Baker, Shankar Kanade, Jaisim, A.G.K. Menon & K.T. Ravindran. As such, his own consultancy firm, Sathya Consultants located at Bangalore, has been professing and practicing eco-friendly cost effective architecture for the last 15 years. He is the present convener of INTACH, Bangalore chapter.

About IIHS
The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements. IIHS is India’s first prospective independently funded and managed National University for Innovation that focuses on its ongoing urban and development transformation. It is a first-of-its-kind, practice and innovation-oriented knowledge institution that seeks to bridge the conventional excellence, scale and inclusion divides. More information about IIHS is available at www.iihs.co.in

About SUI
Sustainable Urbanism International is a research and design initiative committed to the conservation of cultural heritage, and developing strategies for promoting culturally and environmentally sensitive strategies for urban development. SUI was established as a non-profit NGO in Bangalore in 2003 and is also a research unit at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University in New York. SUI works with governments, communities, and private investors to develop strategies for urban development that bring about the benefits of modernization while minimizing the cultural dislocations arising from it.  Please see www.sustainurban.org for more details.

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