Sustainable Urban Futures

Heritage, Culture and Environment

March 23, 24, 2012

In a short course that integrated theoretical concepts with practical strategies, Dr. Jyoti Hosagrahar, the course convener, explored 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, Dr. Hosagrahar urged integrative solutions. Dr. Sathyaprakash Varanashi co-hosted the course along with Dr. Hosagrahar.

Session 1
Concepts, theories, and norms:

What is urban heritage? What is its significance? What constitutes urban sustainability? What are different dimensions of urban sustainability? What are some leading international norms and standards on urban sustainability and heritage?

Session 2
Culture, place, and environment:

What is ‘place?’ What constitutes ‘local?’ How do culture, place, and environment influence settlements and sustainability? How can we evaluate heritage and traditional systems of building and infrastructure provision with modern ones?

Session 3
Methodology for place-based interventions:

What are some tools and methods for critical analysis? How do we identify needs and resources? Who are the stakeholders? How do we engage them?

Session 4
Place-based strategies for sustainable urban futures:

What are some ongoing initiatives? What are their key dimensions? What are the critical challenges?

For photographs from the workshop, please click here

View Details of Introductory Seminar on Sustainable Urban Futures.