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Building Resilient Cities 2019

According to ‘The World Population Prospects 2019’ by UN Habitat, the global population is expected to increase to 9.7 billion by 2030 (from 7.7 billion) and to reach an all-time high by the end of the century, with the urban share to go up from 55% to 68% by 2050. Urbanizing at a rate of 31.6%, India’s urbanized population is expected to reach 590 million by 2030. While the rapid urban growth accord a great opportunity, it also poses numerous challenges for development efforts towards creating sustainable and resilient cities and communities. The growing climate change crisis furthers this need in the advent of frequent disasters and extremities our urban areas are facing. Around 2,39,00,348 people were affected in India in the year 2018 as per EM-DAT (International Disaster Database). Most of Urban Local Bodies in Indian cities struggle with insufficient finances and inadequate human resources. This further leads to the grim Urban Management Scenario. With not enough time or funding in our hands, it is about time to address sustainability & resilience now as we develop.

There is a pressing need to evolve new approaches for resilient urban solutions across all Indian cities. India needs professionals who are sensitive and equipped to find innovative solutions for building resilience in cities. In order to strengthen awareness and share knowledge towards resilience, there is an increased need for debate amongst professionals and students from allied fields. Master of Urban Design, AnantU attempts to address these questions and explore possible solutions through a three-day event on ‘Building Resilient Cities’ which includes a hands-on workshop and a Panel Discussion.

With a primary objective to encourage students and young professionals to understand and develop design solutions to build resilience in urban areas, Masters of Urban Design, Anant National University is organizing a three-day hands-on workshop on ‘Building Resilient Cities’ at AnantU during 18-20 Oct 2019.
Undergraduate & Post-Graduate students and young professionals, interested to be a part of the urban transformation are invited to register for the workshop at nominal Fees.

Workshop Objectives:

The workshop is aimed at exposing the students and young professionals to achieve the following objectives through a hands-on exercise:
– To understand SDG & Resilient City framework and its application
– To review & Evaluate the current situation and proposed development for an identified city
– To evolve and suggest strategies & a framework for building resilience in the city

In an attempt to encourage a solution-oriented debate amongst professionals, academicians, government officials, and students towards resilient urban solutions a Panel Discussion on ‘Building Resilient Cities’ is organized by Master of Urban Design, Anant National University on 20th Oct 2019, Sunday, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. Panelists for the Event are:

Prof. M N Ashish Ganju,
Adjunct Professor, Anant National University, Ahmedabad and Founder of Greha, New Delhi
Prof. Ganju has been a member of several committees of the Government of India, including the Committee to Advise on Maintenance and Modifications in Rashtrapati Bhawan New Delhi, and the Ministry of Urban Development’s Committee for Redevelopment of the Lutyens Bungalow Zone New Delhi. He has taught at the School of Planning and Architecture, and the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi. He was founding Director of the TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi, Visiting Professor at the University of East London, U.K., and the Universita IUAV di Venezia, Italy.

Dr. Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar,
NIUA & Resilient Unit Representative, Delhi
Dr. Rajasekar is a risk and Resilience professional having 15 years of experience in developing risk reduction strategies, climate change analysis, hazard modeling, institutional analysis, adaptation & mitigation plans for governments, INGOs, bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies. His interest and recent efforts are targeted towards bridging the gap between technology and society to enable informed decision making in a changing environment. He has been the team leader and project manager for some of the pioneering urban risk resilience efforts in India including implementation of end to end early warning systems for urban floods, establishment of urban health and climate resilience center, development of urban disease surveillance system, mainstreaming of urban service monitoring systems, conduct of urban risk analysis and preparation of city resilience strategies.

Mr. P L Sharma
Chief Town Planner, Town Planning and Valuation Department, Government of Gujarat

Dr. Suresh Rohilla,
Senior Director CSE & Academic Director of the School of Water and Waste, New Delhi
Dr. Rohilla has been doing research in Water Sustainability, Environment Management & Planning and has 24 years of experience in research, capacity development and policy advocacy for mainstreaming environmental and water sustainability in human settlements in India, Africa, and South Asia. Experienced in working with reputed national and international universities, government and non-government organizations/consultancy.

Prof. Ashima Banker
Professor & Director, Master of Urban Design, Anant National University, Ahmedabad
Prof. Banker has experience in working with more than 50 consultancy and research projects in the Urban Development Sector. She recently presented her research paper titled ‘Sustainable Land Development’ at the International Conference on Future Smart Cities, organized by IEREK – International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange. Her current research work is on ‘Planning education in India: the need for an overhaul’ and ‘Technology-driven Urban Planning’.


Registration is free!

Register yourself for the workshop and panel discussion here.

Register yourself for the panel discussion here.


Anant National University will charge participants for workshop kit and lunch. Accommodation is optional. Please contact the organizers for more information.


1. Workshop kit and lunch (3 days) at a cost of INR 750 per person. 20% discount for registration of a group of 5 or more.

2. Accommodation (on twin sharing basis) can be arranged from 18-20 Oct 2019 on prior request and booking at a cost of INR 2500 per person, depending on availability.

Important Dates:

11th Oct 2019Early Bird Registration
18th- 20th Oct 2019 , Fri-Sun‘Building Resilient Cities’ Workshop 
20th Oct 2019 , Sun‘Building Resilient Cities’ Panel Discussion & Workshop Presentations

For more details Contact:

Harsh Prajapati
Building Resilient Cities Secretariat
Masters of Urban Design, Anant National University