India

With some two-thirds of India’s GDP coming from the urban areas, cities are the driving force of the country’s economy. This trend is set to increase as the country undergoes a massive urban transformation where, within a span of thirty years, its urban population is expected to double - from 288 million in 2000 to 590 million by 2030 – making up some 40 percent of India’s people. How India manages this urbanization - the second largest in the world after China’s - will largely determine the shape of the future for its more than a billion people.

 

 

Columbia University Urban Planning studio, Bangalore, India - TCLab and the Indian Institutes for Human Settlement (IIHS), likely to be India’s largest university addressing urbanization issues, are running a joint studio and practicum exercise. The client for the pedagogical format is the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation, a regional agency that influences economic and industrial development in Bangalore, “India’s Silicon Valley,” and other cities in Karnataka state.

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