Urban Planning Research Package
Integrating technical infrastructure in Hyderabad´s rapid growing region
Objectives and Aims
This work module will follow a two-tiered approach:
Firstly it will seek to bring to the fore the importance of a regional dimension and to contribute in developing strategies on this comprehensive scale.
Secondly it aims to foster integrated solutions for the implementation of technical infrastructure projects.
Special consideration will be given to the problematic of ultra rapid growth processes as well as to the thematic of informality, poverty and self-organisation. (Hyderabad's slum population grew by 1000% from 120,000 1962 to 1,26 millions in 1992. The whole city is estimated to house about 6 million residents today and will grow to 10,5 millions in about ten years). Both themes are specific to the context of developing countries and emerging economies including India and Hyderabad. In coherence the issues of adaptability and transferability of "western" model-solutions will be important.
Our package will be placed in a well – developed environment of private, public and institutional actors, such as MCH, HUDA, JNTU, ICLEI and various NGOs. It is also located within a rich context of existing planning initiatives, projects and strategies – master plans are being drawn up for the last 30 years, the municipality undertakes an action plan for poverty alleviation. Currently the "Cities Alliance's" City Development Strategy (CDS) is integrating many of the initiatives and efforts.
While for example the CDS – strategy targets the 'soft' goals of "improving governance and management", "increasing economic growth" as well as of "poverty reduction", the contribution of SHAKTI will be the provision of technical infrastructure, and WP5 will contribute in addition by adding the dimension of a regional city.
Complementary to other strategies (i.e. economic development, engineering solutions) the module will seek to promote urban planning as a spatial discipline. Therefore our focus will be on grounding problems, localizing strategies and designing spatial scenarios. The working process will be divided into structure (analysis), strategy (evaluation, concept) and scenario (Implementation proposal). Multiple spatial scales (region, city, sector, neighbourhood, block, building, detail) will be part of the investigation and they will be framed in a contextual analysis (culture, history, topography). And while the path from research to urban project will be the focus of the strategically phase, model projects as well as strategic concepts for the region (development visions) will be developed in the last phase.
The deliverables of the Workgroup include: networking and communication with partners and stakeholders, the preparation and facilitation of workshop sessions on WP5, contribution to the planning & project databank, preparation of working package documentation (evaluation / proposals and comments on regional development plan for a dynamic region (strategic & open), evaluation / proposals and comments on integrated infrastructure model projects, project implementation / action plan for the next 9 years and various pr–related work.
Optionally by the end of the two preparatory years WP5 proposes to contribute in preparing two specific model projects.
– The development of one exemplary thematic layer of an integrated regional development strategy.
– An implementation proposal for of one of 12 CDS’s pilot project areas.