As professionals and citizens of an increasingly globalised and interconnected world, how can we build urban futures that are rooted in local context and responsive to the culture and histories of a place? How can we apply universal norms and standards of sustainability to benefit particular places and communities? How can we understand the significance of cultural heritage for sustainable urban futures?
IIHS in partnership with Sustainable Urbanism International, conducted a seminar on “Sustainable Urban Futures – Heritage, Culture and Environment” . This seminar outlines how to integrate theoretical concepts, practical strategies, Indian and international experiences and perspectives, methods and tools and field study to teach about place-based, and community-oriented strategies for building urban futures.
Dr. Jyoti Hosagrahar, Director of SUI, Columbia University, New York, and Bangalore India, proposes a comprehensive approach rooted in local context and responsive to the heritage, culture, and histories of a place.
Date: 10th December, 2011 : 3:00pm – 6:00 pm.
Indian Institute for Human Settlements
D/5, 12th Cross
Rajamahal Vilas Extension
Bangalore – 560 080
Dr. Jyoti Hosagrahar is a professor at Columbia University, New York and Director of Sustainable Urbanism International at Columbia University, and Bangalore, India. Architect, planner, and historian, she is engaged with planning, design, and policies on urban development, urban conservation, and sustainability issues. Her research interests include urban heritage, cultural and environmental sustainability of cities focusing on the intersections of nature, culture, and the built environment. She serves as an expert for UNESCO on historic cities and urban sustainability. She has been on the working group for the UNESCO Recommendation on Historic Urban Landscaps and also with the UNESCO Expert Group for Urban Futures. Hosagrahar is the author of Indigenous Modernities: Negotiating Architecture and Urbanism (Architext Series, Routledge, 2005) awarded a 2006 book prize by the International Planning History Society. In partnership with The Energy Resource Institute, India, Hosagrahar developed a framework for moving towards urban sustainability, “An Exploration of Sustainability in the Provision of Basic Urban Services in Indian Cities” (TERI, 2009). She led SUI in the preparation of an integrated site management plan for the conservation and sustainable development of the heritage of the Hoysala towns in Karnataka that includes a 5-volume report. She has been the recipient of grants from the Graham Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Institute of Indian Studies. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Journal of Planning History and Buildings and Landscapes as well as on the board for the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. For more information, please see, www.sustainurban.org.