More than a third of India’s population lives in cities, and within our lifetime this figure is likely to reach three-quarters. Urban interventions that focus at the city scale sometimes fail to identify local differences, needs and expectations. Focusing on neighborhoods becomes easier to collate relevant data and identify and co-create appropriate solutions suited to specific communities’ needs and aspirations.
Interventions in strategic neighborhoods is also likely to have city-scale implications — improving well-being, resilience, sustainability and economic prosperity that go beyond the neighborhood itself. For example, improving access to hubs of employment can change the labor market geography for the entire city.
Supported by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), and with the support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, we work with Indian city agencies to develop, pilot, and scale integrated solutions that enhance quality of life for families and promote a focus on early childhood development in the planning and management of the public realm.
An initiative that catalyzes political, social, and economic support for city governments and urban residents to integrate the inner, nearby and faraway forests into their development plans, programs, and investments. Know more
Supporting cities to adopt strategies, for bridging the gap between transit and land use planning, while promoting compact, connected and low-carbon communities, local economic development and better urban design.
This initiative seeks to chalk out a road map for developers on how to achieve environmentally sustainable design. Through partnership, dialogue and engagement with relevant stakeholders, we provide recommendations on mobility, waste, water and energy management and efficiency at the individual, township/community and neighborhood levels that can scale quickly and cost-effectively.