On July 24, join us for a discussion with the Mayor of Kochi and local design leaders from Delhi and Bangalore on tailoring containment strategies and recovery initiatives to India’s urban challenges.

As the pandemic spreads across India, municipal leaders are partnering with designers to study how localized housing and workplace typologies can inform social distancing protocols and policy. Particular challenges like crowded housing conditions, poor sanitation, and high levels of informal commercial and industrial activity require creative design solutions and communications tools to reach marginalized populations. 

In partnership with the National Institute of Urban Affairs, we will welcome Soumini Jain, Mayor of Kochi, a city in Kerala. The “Kerala model” for tackling the outbreak has been praised across the country for its proactive approach and Kochi has been one of the leading examples. Following presentations by Mriganka Saxena, Puneet Khanna and Guru Prasanna, Mayor Jain will join to discuss: How can cities develop containment strategies that respond to the social and spatial realities of low-income communities?

This video discussion will take place at 10:00am EDT. Login details for Zoom will be emailed to registrants in advance of the conversation. 



Guest Policy ↓

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Our digital programming in the City Life After Coronavirus series is open to the general public. Forum Fellows are encouraged to invite additional guests to participate. Learn more about becoming a Forum Fellow.


Our Partner ↓

The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) is an institute for research, training and information dissemination in urban development and management in New Delhi, India. NIUA is appointed as an apex body to support and guide the Government of India in its urban development plans and works closely with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs alongside other regional governments and civil sectors. Learn more about NIUA at http://www.niua.org/


About This Program ↓

This program is made possible through the support of our Director’s Circle and Fellows. In this difficult moment, your support and ideas are more important than ever. To learn more about contributing toward our nascent effort, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director, daniel@urbandesignforum.org.

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