Innovating Urban Planning
For IFHP and in partnership with a number of Indian NGOs and the municipality of Bangalore Blå Himmel co-designed a strategy to bring in new innovation solutions to water shed management and other crucial urban development issues, in the shape of a urban innovation lab to be deployed around India.
One of the most demanding of the development challenges facing India is channeling the urbanization process and managing growth of Indian cities in a manner that ensures equal opportunity for all citizens. In particular the housing stock deficit in India is huge and increases each year. It is estimated that between 30% to 45% of citizens reside in informal and illegal structures in urban areas. Standard approaches to affordable housing will lead only to standard—and inadequate—results.
The India Lab Bangalore is a pilot project for the IFHP for a new IFHP LAB format aiming in India to contribute to this search of addressing the affordable housing gap by focusing on learning from global and local experience. It will constitute a further step and establish a platform to investigate, understand and analyse specific urban challenges in the Indian context and to increase IFHP presence in this strategic area. In order to achieve this, the project will be developed and conduced in close cooperation with IFHP Indian Council members and in relation to a broad initiative called “10 cities project” lead by the India National Habitat Forum (INHAF) and various cities partner organizations.