Smarter Urbanisation and Rapid Growth

Hyderabad – new growth in India

Smarter Urbanisation and Rapid Growth (SURGe) is an experimental initiative of Dr Nicholas Falk and the new URBED Trust to transfer good practice and encourage innovation in sustainable development through support to SCAD (Social Change and Development) in Tirunelveli in Southern India. The support includes funding a project manager and the building of a number of experimental houses. This website will continue to expand, and will draw lessons from across Europe so they can be used in training courses, and provide access to additional sources of expertise.

Recent developments

‘What Future for India’s Urban Areas?’ – Read the report on our latest symposium. The aim of the symposium was to generate interest in creating new forms of affordable housing in medium sized cities facing rapid growth in the Indian sub continent, and to draw out ideas for future work to connect Indian and British cities. Some 40 people took part, including many urban designers with Indian backgrounds or connections.

Future Proofing India’s Medium-Sized Cities. SURGe director Dr. Nicholas Falk features in the latest City Observer journal, produced by Urban Design Collective – a non-profit organisation working as a collaborative platform to promote livable and sustainable cities through community engagement. The essay iterates his thoughts on the potential of action planning Garden Cities in India.

The Project

Find out about why SURGe was started, the context of the problems it aims to tackle, and the organisations that will be involved.



Learn about the experimental eco-houses SURGe plans to develop in Tirunelveli, and the 7 innovations that they will utilise.



Access case studies and reports showcasing the best practice found across the world for achieving sustainable and innovative design.


Keep up with the progress of the SURGe project, learning what has been and past, and what is still yet to come.


SURGe has been funded and supported by the URBED Trust, a newly created foundation awaiting charitable status with the goals of promoting research and the discussion of cities, urban regeneration, and urbanism. The Trust’s main aims are to promote research into city development across the world, and to act as a forum for debate and discussion.

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