July 20, 2016

Liberalizing India's Urban Thinking

Sanjeev Sanyal, Visiting Fellow at IDFC Institute, writes about the need for liberalising the way in which Indian cities are planned in this Mint article.

 

Articulating the impact of ideology on how cities develop he writes, "The fact is that every city is a living embodiment of some philosophy. What is now called Old Delhi, for instance, was a reflection of the hierarchical feudal order prevailing in the 17th century when Emperor Shah Jahan built it....When the British decided to build New Delhi a century ago, they conceived of it as a city of grand imperial parades and a racially coded hierarchy."  Sanyal advocates that, "The first step is to stop thinking of the city as a machine and start thinking of it as an evolving ecosystem. Thus, success is about flexibility and managing change rather than implementing brilliant master-plans." Citing the example of Singapore, Sanyal writes, "the city-state is really a great example of flexibility and constant tinkering...Every 15 years or so, Singapore completely re-evaluates its overall economic and urban strategy...It’s all about new ideas, tinkering, feedback loops and managing transitions."

 

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Topic : Transitions / In : OP-EDS
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