The Master of Urban Design at AnantU is a two-year full-time multidisciplinary programme offered to all graduates especially from design, architecture, planning, civil engineering, environmental engineering, and social sciences backgrounds. Poised to prepare urban solutionaries, the programme is designed at the interface of architecture, planning and strategic management.
The programme seeks to nurture young Solutionaries for smart cities who want to drive the change with their revolutionary thinking and solution-oriented mindset. It endows students with the necessary technical skills and sensitizes them to emerging challenges. Facilitating dialogues on urban challenges and their solutions, the programme, prepares the students’ to inquire into some of the most complex urban issues, which can no longer be addressed by individual disciplines but require a multidisciplinary approach. The students, in addition, to be taught fundamentals of sectors like heritage development, housing, utilities, transportation, environment and the like, are also trained for specific skills of mapping, future trend analysis, geographic information system, project formulation, project finance, negotiation etc. The comprehensive knowledge from a design idea to implementation enables the students to effectively implement a real project in association with an implementing / funding agency.
As a M:UD graduate, you can expect to develop skills that enable you to:
The MUD programme encourages students to collate inferences in a multidisciplinary manner as an attempt to find solutions to various urban problems. This is across four verticals, Society & People; Environment & Ecology; Technology & Networks and Management & Governance. The distinct but interrelated modules are carefully curated and designed, as a convergence of two or more verticals, to accord the students with the knowledge of the complexities in urban areas, along with instating within them varied perspectives.
The Urban Design programme is designed to impart appropriate skills required for implementing urban solutions through the project cycle from envisaging & designing, stakeholders consultation, negotiation & conflict resolution to project financing & implementation. The Design Charrettes in the first year and the Capstone Projects in the second year are the platforms for using these skills effectively.
Building Resilient Cities Hands-On Workshop
The Master of Urban Design at Anant National University hosted a three-day event, a hands-on workshop, and panel discussion on ‘Building Resilient Cities.’ This event attempted to incite professionals, academicians, government officials, and students towards resilient urban solutions and aimed to highlight key efforts that are being made at all levels (global, national, and local) and across Social, Economic and Environmental Resilience.
On day one, the participants were introduced to the resilience framework and the four categories for review i.e. health & wellbeing, infrastructure & environment, economy & society, and leadership & strategy along with twelve parameters that needed to be evaluated in order to understand the issues and challenges. They were also exposed to the relevance of shocks and stresses to be considered to build day-to-day resilience. The second day, participants were divided into two groups for working at the neighborhood/community level and city/regional level respectively. The groups were expected to assess the shocks and stresses and suggest strategies and design interventions to overcome them while also addressing the city’s vision.
The workshop culminated on the third day with a panel discussion included a diverse team of experts Mr. M. N. Ashish Ganju, Senior Architect, Urbanist and Academician; Mr. P. L. Sharma, Chief Town Planner, GTPVD, Government of Gujarat; Dr. Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar, Chair Urban Resilience – 100 Resilient Cities and Dr. Suresh Rohilla, Programme Director, Center for Science and Environment.
The panel discussed the challenges across various verticles like social cohesion, environment, institutional framework, etc. towards designing city resilience. The event concluded by a review of the design interventions suggested by the two teams, reviewed by the experts.
Havana | Public Lecture
Poised to prepare urban solutionaries, Anant National University’s ambitious Master of Urban Design (M:UD) programme is designed at the interface of architecture, planning and strategic management. Facilitating dialogues on urban challenges and their solutions, the Master of Urban Design programme at Anant National University hosted a Public Lecture on ‘Havana’s next 500s- On the challenges of the half-a-millennium old city’ on 25 January 2020. Dr Jorge Pena Diaz and Prof Joiselene Cazanave Macias from the Faculty of Architecture at Universidad Technologica de la Habana – CUJAE, shared the innovative approaches adopted by the Cuban Capital to address various challenges from poverty, equality, climate change and the like.
Prof Ashima Banker, Director, Master of Urban Design, says, “Cities are complex entities. Though similar, the context of the issues are often unique for every city. Dialogues on the challenges and solutions adopted by other cities help in comprehending new innovative ways to address them in our context. The story of Cuba, a country in crisis for the last three decades, showcases positive urban transformations guiding a high Human Development Index and a low Carbon footprint. It is heartening and inspiring to learn from such cases. The Master of Urban Design programme aims to bring forth global best practices and innovation to Indian Cities.”
“To have a Master’s programme that allows the people to develop the skills required to understand what is happening in the areas where the people from varied economic backgrounds live or where most crucial problems are is really important. It is essential for academics to have a programme that can lead the disadvantaged towards a better world. Budding practitioners must know how to view challenges from economic and social perspectives, and how to give the people a better environment for their lives,” says Prof Joiselene Cazanave Macias expressing her delight with AnantU’s M:UD programme based in India.
This event attempted to share with professionals, academicians, and students the challenges faced by Havana and the innovative key efforts towards the urban solutions that are being made at the national and local levels, across social, economic, spatial and cultural dimensions. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage City in 1982, the story of Havana had the audiences relate the learnings to India’s First World Heritage city, Ahmedabad and other cities of India, correlating the approaches undertaken by Cuba.