CITIES | EVENTS | CSR
SECOND QUARTER 2016
EUPHORIA OF SMART CITIES
ONLY SLOGANS DO NOT WORK!
Everyday we wake up to a new advertisement on Swachch Bharat ,Toilets ,open defecation, or waste & land fills. But, are these enough to bring a mind set change? May be for some peolpe yes it may, but change is required on the working as well. Implementing agencies need an equal push to perfom. It is the system and the governance that needs to have bottoms up approach. Why our work proposals take so long to get cleared and tendered that we, year after year dig our roads just before the monsoons? Where is the climate resilience management?
Soon, every citizen will become aware of Smart City Syndrome and start asking these questions. Where and who will answer?
In this issue we are Decoding the SMART issues that need to be tackled at neighbourhood level for the cities to become Smart.
We also bring the SMART(ER) VILLAGE Project by team from CRISIL
In AWE is working towards bringing awareness on all these issues through the magazine & capacity building through LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPS in selected cities !
FROM THE ARCHITECT'S DESK
FROM THE LESSONS THAT FOLLOW,
THE WRITING ON THE WALL IS VERY CLEAR
IT'S ALL ABOUT US !
WE THE LIVING,
PEOPLE & THE GOVERNMENT
DECODING SMART INDIA
Dharnichiwadi Village- Raigad, Maharashtra
Journey of the project executed in partnership with Mind Genius Charitable Trust and funded by CRISIL Foundation under CRISIL RE: Change the Scene Initiative.
CRISIL'S Smart[er] Village Project
Anukriti Awasthi, Parineeta Banerjee, Arjun Beri, Guruprasad Iyer, Hridya Ravimohan, Tejinder Sidhu
Mind Genius Charitable Trust Team
Hriitu Rana, Saajid, Madhuri Kanhane, Grace Fernandes, Francis
Rakesh Bangera (Director, Urban Practice, CRISIL), Dipika Tuteja (Architect/Editor at In AWE)
In AWE study of Neighbourhood recommends decentralisation of services and segregation
of transport Dipika Tuteja
DECODING THE SMART
I have been promoting and propagating the initiatives and missions of all political parties, whether at Centre or State. These have been from Swachch Bharat, Smart cities to Odd Even. Last eighteen months, saw a surge in Conferences and seminars and it brought a feel good factor to network and be part of the euphoria of Smart Cities. But, gradually the reality sets in, confusion and chaos in understanding still prevails. Whether all these missions will actually see the light of the day? A big question - all about the research and round table discussions, where are these actually being implemented? Will the common man have a better quality of life? Walkable neighbourhoods in small towns or big cities can improve citizen’s health through.....
Image Courtesy: First Post
Climate Resilient Infrastructure Planning for Greater Mumbai
Urban infrastructure plays a critical role in sustaining the resources required for managing a city. It provides critical social and economic services beyond its boundaries. While the location and urban service has to be upgraded with rise in population and change in demographics, the design and development has to with stand climate change impacts during its operational lifetime. The project conceptualized by eckonirmitee intends to develop and demonstrate urban infrastructure model to support climate resilience planning for city of Mumbai. It addresses specific strategies to address climate change for sustainable delivery of urban services relating to solid waste management and storm water management to Greater Mumbai.
New Delhi, July 8, 2016: At a national conference on improving climate resilience of our cities held today, TERI recommended the dovetailing of appropriate measures into the national and sub-national planning, such as the town planning schemes and city development plans. It also said that financial allocation for resilience building and adaptation projects should be made part of the larger urban framework. The recommendations were the result of a two-year TERI study of Goa and Uttarakhand - ‘State level policy research and engagement for mainstreaming urban resilience’. The initiative was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. Climate change is one of the foremost emerging challenges, the impacts of which are increasingly manifesting themselves through highly erratic instances of weather deviations and induced extreme events. While both urban and rural areas are vulnerable to climate change, its impacts on cities and towns are of particular concern due to high concentrations of people and infrastructure in these areas. In this context, the objective of the study was to facilitate a dialogue on mainstreaming climate change concerns in public policy and planning at multi levels of governance for building urban climate resilience. The concluding conference highlighted the experiences of the two topographically different states along with replication insights for other coastal and hilly regions. A Working Paper and State specific policy briefs were also released during the conference. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI said, “Cities are our engines of growth - we need to make sure that they are resilient engines, capable of adapting to, and absorbing the impacts of extreme climate events. TERI's work with states and cities shows us that this is possible.” Shri R R Rashmi, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment Forests & Climate Change, Government
TERI study of Uttarakhand and Goa recommends integration of climate resilience measures into national and state urban planning
Discussion on Air Quality, Energy use and Public Health
"Impacts of Air-Pollution on Our Health"
Kerala All Set To Become Country’s Second Open Defecation Free (ODF) State
These ‘Swachh Warriors’ are the students and the management of ‘Paathshala,’ a school just outside the city of Chennai. The highlight of this place is that they provide the school with dry composting toilets.
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
Paathshala School Mantra: We Must Treat Our Waste Ourselves
Dry composting toilets work on a model which uses minimum water as instead of flushing the human excreta, the person covers it with saw dust. After six months, this entire waste is collected and used as compost for their gardening purposes.
All of India’s metropolises are grappling with problems of pollution, poor air quality, no sewage treatment and inadequate solid waste disposal. We ignore the issues until they suddenly erupt in the form of frequent fires at overused dumping grounds (Mumbai), lakes frothing with toxic foam that hit the streets or mass death of fish (Bengaluru), cities being flooded (Chennai) or having to resort to extreme traffic restraints (Delhi). Most of this is a result of economic prosperity and soaring land values which have led to indiscriminate infrastructure building by openly flouting rules or even no serious rule-making. Growing prosperity also means a sharp spike in waste generation by individual families.
4 Reasons Why Pune Scores in Waste Management
18 July 2016
Even site owners ditch mobile towers over radiation threat
Hyderabad, Times News Network
IMPACT OF MOBILE TOWERS ON
Chief secretary Rajiv Sharma's recent assurance about mobile towers being `absolutely safe' appears to have failed to allay the fears of citizens. In fact, many tower site owners in the city are even mulling not renewing their lease agreements with service providers.
There are an estimated 20,000 mobile towers in and around Hyderabad, with most of them concentrated in areas like Banjara Hills, Secunderabad, Dilkshuknagar, Mehdipatnam, S R Nagar, Kukatpally and Film Nagar.
“I have researched quite a bit on the radiation threat and even tried seeking answers from authorities, but I am not convinced with the responses. I am not willing to put my family through the threat and have, hence, decided not to renew the lease agreement for my site that ends later this year,“ said Venkatesh G, a site owner at Kukatpally .
3rd ENVIROTECH ASIA 201617 to 19 Nov 2016 - Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, IndiaWaste and Resource Efficiency, Water and Waste Water Treatment, Pollution Control Systems, Recycling, e-Waste, Renewable Energy.
SMART CITIES SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP AT JAIPUR
SMART CITIES SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP AT BHUBANESHWAR
IN AWE INITIATIVES
SMART CITIES SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP AT DELHI
SCSC WORKSHOPS AT DELHI, JAIPUR & BHUBANESWAR
Leadership Workshop On 'Smart Cities Sustainable Construction' by in AWE -
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