Arunava Dasgupta



Arunava Dasgupta


School of Planning and Architecture

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Area of expertise

Urban Design


Brief Profile of Speaker(incl photograph)

Text Box:  Arunava Dasgupta is an architect and urban designer presently heading the Department of Urban Design, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. He is a founder member and former National Secretary of the Institute of Urban Designers – India (IUDI). Arunava has been involved in multiple projects at urban scale for a range of Indian cities as adviser and consultant to various state and municipal government agencies and is a member of the Board of Studies in architectural and urban design programs in our country. He has lectured extensively in India and abroad including Germany, Spain, Switzerland, China, South Korea and Sri Lanka on issues of sustainable habitats, city futures and educational paradigms. Within the academic arena, Arunava spearheads experimental design labs and studio engagements as well as community-centric applied research projects at various levels ranging from complex metropolitan conditions to changing rural habitations. 

Working Group

WG II – Upgrading of Slums and Informal Settlements

Sub Theme

Unorganized Growth in Peripheral Areas and Slum Upgradation Aspects

Duration of presentation

10 minutes (including Q&A)

Topic/ Title

Urban Design Strategies for Migrants and Urban Poor at City Peripheries. Case: Delhi NCR

Coverage of presentation

Through the last seven decades after Independence, spatial planning mechanisms using land-use and resource allocation models are yet to befound effective enough in bringing about required cohesiveness in a complex, diverse society like ours that could allow at once, the recognition and articulation of difference while addressing at the other, multiple demands and aspirations of divergent and contesting claims on city spaces. In city peripheries, the condition of unorganized and skewed development patterns are more pronounced with a perceptible skew against migrant communitiesandthe urban poor.

How can the future city be more inclusive than that of the present? This presentation posits that focused urban design strategies need to be harnessed to complement spatial planning initiatives to address the unique conditions of rapidly emerging urban patterns in city peripheries. Using twocases at diverse scales of application, this presentation dwells on the human-design interface that is of consequence for promoting inclusivity as a way forward to re-imagine our approach in deciding on the future of our urban environments.