You have got Mumbai, a bustling
megacity on one hand, and Tokyo, one of the most vibrant megalopolises on the
other. At first glance, they seem as different as night and day. What's the
common thread, you ask, beyond the obvious crowds and rapid development?
Urban design and planning serve as the creative tools that sculpt our cityscapes. During this dynamic session, expert architects and designers will dive deep into the interplay of art, culture, and history in crafting inclusive urban environments. Together, they will uncover the strategies for harnessing Tokyo’s visionary urban planning and leveraging cross-cultural collaborations to craft Mumbai’s sustainable growth.
Join us as we foster innovative thinking through an engaging presentation followed by an inspiring panel discussion explore the profound influence of public engagement in creating cities that are not just spaces but living works of art.
Jasmine Saluja, an Architect and Urban Designer, leads an urban research laboratory at PLURAL, where she is a founding partner. PLURAL is a collaborative initiative that brings together professionals, government bodies, and communities to focus on inclusive planning, equitable public spaces, and affordable housing. Jasmine's commitment to people-centric urban policies is evident through her leadership in real-world public projects and her role as a TEDx Salon speaker. She presented PLURAL's award-winning Community Land Trust model for Dharavi slum at the UN Habitat conference in Brussels. Additionally, she serves as a visiting faculty for the Masters program in Urban Design at KRVIA, Mumbai, and played a pivotal role in establishing the Mumbai Centre of IUDI (Institute of Urban Designers-India), where she is a National Council member. With a Masters degree in Urban Design from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, and two decades of experience, Jasmine has significantly shaped the urban design narrative and promoted sustainable, resilient, and inclusive cities through her practice and writings. She is also a co-author of the upcoming book, "6 Metros – Urban Planning and Implementation Compared.Read more
Rahul Gore has studied architecture at Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) in Ahmedabad and completed his Master’s Degree in Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In January 2001, Rahul Gore along with Sonal Sancheti set up _OPOLIS, a multidisciplinary design practice. Since then the firm has grown from strength to strength winning several national as well as international awards and has been widely published. Opolis has recently completed the Bihar Museum, Patna project – won as an international competition along with Maki and Associates, Tokyo. _OPOLIS in collaboration with Steven Holl Architects, New York won the competition for Extension to the Bhauji Daji Lad Museum at Byculla, Mumbai. He is a visiting juror at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture in Mumbai. Rahul is an avid traveler, a sports and fitness enthusiast and loves his game of tennis, his runs and work-outs.Read more
Katsushi Goto is a practising architect/urbanist in Mumbai and Tokyo, the director of the design and research firm, Squareworks, Mumbai. Recently completed project Tarq is nominated for INSIDE award, World Architecture Festival 2023. His current research focuses on the domesticity associated with the materiality of the ideal family home and the intersection of politics of public domain and interior urbanism. His collaborative research with Vishwa Shroff, funded by Jusoken Housing Research Foundation, investigates the relevance of Art Deco apartments in domestic life in 1930s Bombay. He also participated in BIENNIAL OF PUBLIC SPACE 2017 & 2019, Rome, and presented the research, “Public Library as Public Space”. He studied architecture at Meiji University, Tokyo and Housing and Urbanism, Architectural Association, London. He is a visiting researcher at Meiji University in Tokyo and a visiting faculty at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India. He is also a founding member of SqW:Lab which is a research fellowship programme in Mumbai for cultural practitioners from all over the world.Read more
Oormi Kapadia is an Architect, Urban Designer and founding partner at PLURAL – a collaborative urban research and planning studio based in Mumbai and Goa. She heads the Project Research and Policy Planning division and shares her expertise in ideas of sustainability at various scales. She has worked extensively on large scaled urban design and planning projects in India and USA. She is a LEED AP and a qualified TERI Griha trainer. She is currently involved in policy research that informs the quality of affordable housing and dignity of living in a city. She is also involved in community design and place making projects with Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. She was invited to share their award-winning Community land trust development model for Dharavi slums at the UN Habitat conference in Brussels, Europe. She writes on urban issues on various platforms. She is a co-author of 6 Metros – Urban Planning and Implementation Compared. Oormi teaches as a visiting faculty in various Architectural colleges in Mumbai and Goa. She received her Master’s degree in Urban Design from University of Texas at Austin.Read more
Chaitaniya A Karnik is the founding principal of White3 Design Studio. He has a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from UCLA. His undergraduate studies were completed from The Academy of Architecture, Rachana Sansad. Chaitaniya has worked on multiple large scale urban design projects ranging from university campus design to township planning. Chaitaniya won the progressive architecture award for his masters thesis on Downtown Los Angeles and the project was on exhibition at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles. Today his practice involves education, hospitality, healthcare and single family residential design. In addition to running a niche practice, Chaitaniya has taught both, undergraduate and masters level programs under Mumbai University and YCMOU. Chaitaniya practices the Rudraveena in the Dagarvani Dhrupad Tradition and is a student of Ustaad Mohi Baha-Ud-Din Dagar. He is a model train set enthusiast and loves to travel. Last but not least, Chaitaniya is a water colour artist specialising in Landscape and has painted his native Raigad extensively.Read more
Urban planning is defined as the design and regulation of the uses of space that focus on the physical form, economic functions, and social impacts of the urban environment and on the location of different activities within it. Urban planning encompasses the development of open lands, often referred to as greenfield sites, as well as the modernization of existing city areas. Currently, almost 55% of the global population lives in urban areas. Hence, we are witnessing a rise in the designing and implementation of future cityscape projects that cater to aspects like environmental sustainability, affordability, equity, and public health as part of smart cities and urban planning.
Community Engagement in Urban Planning
Community is fundamental to most urban planning projects. Community engagement involves an array of participatory processes where the public is involved in urban planning. It aims to achieve a fair-handed and meaningful participation and contribution of the residents and other stakeholders in the growth and expansion of their living environments. The community engagement process allows the citizens to share their ideas and feedback on the multiple planning projects in the initial stage of development, in the budget-related decisions, or in any other processes involved. This allows the contribution and incorporation of local knowledge and experience of the community to develop more sustainable surroundings to live in.
Creative and Cultural Hubs in Cities
The arts and cultural sectors form the most optimistic pathway to revive a fresh approach in cities and neighborhoods. A city without a vibrant and diverse cultural life holds no appeal in modern times. With global cities housing the world’s half the population, they are the principal locations where the formation of new strategies, policies, and initiatives aimed at making culture and creative sectors take place keeping in mind sustainable development and urban regeneration while ensuring growth, innovation, and promotion of harmony in the community, their well-being and fostering intercultural dialogue.
Once-in-a-Century Urban Development Plan
Tokyo is currently undergoing large-scale redevelopment plans in Shibuya. Shibuya has been a leading setter of trends and is one of the most sought-after work locations in the metropolis and home to many IT companies. These plans include the construction of high-rise buildings, new transport links, and disaster preparedness. The upliftment plan of Tokyo has taken into account various aspects including geological forecasts, timetable reconstruction, and the capital’s growing pockets. The redevelopment plan aims to accommodate new urban changes of people post-COVID-19 with technological advancements for the next generation and make Shibuya a magnet for new lifestyles, businesses, and industries.