Indian Urban Futures 4

Where could India and England collaborate?


The fourth in the series of Indian Urban Futures events took place on October 12th 2021, the second day of the Bristol Housing Festival. The expert group of 14 panellists were based in Hong Kong and Mumbai, Tirunelveli and Chennai in Tamilnadu, Southern India, Bristol, London and Newcastle.

The nine presentations considered the issues of how to make housing both affordable and sustainable, where to build new housing to minimise environmental impacts, and what could be done to create effective partnerships with investors. Both Bristol and Tirunelveli are both expanding university towns with high levels of housing demand.

You can watch edited recordings of all nine Presentations in sequence here or access individual recordings and pdfs from the table below.

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1 Why has housing become so important? Dr Nicholas Falk
2 How well does the SCAD URBED Eco Home meet the challenges? Dr Girish Visvanathan
3 What are the main obstacles to going to scale? Dr Richard Simmons
4 What can we learn from UK experience? Neil Murphy
5 How can lower income households be housed? Autif Sayyed
6 Where should housing be concentrated? Camilla Ween & Brian Love
7 What can housing associations add? Paul Smith
8 How should different interests be reconciled? Vimal Karpe and Jitesh Brahmkshatriya
9 The next steps for SCAD (Social Change and Development) Dr Cletus Babu


This report outlines the presentations and discussions of the online event  and summarises the key findings. We want to express our thanks to the many who have helped us so far, especially Buro Happold. We welcome any comments on our evolving Smarter Urbanisation project.

Read the full report here.

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