India needs new cities and experts who can build them

From Economic TImes

Peter Head , chief of Global Planning Practices , Arup, is one of the key figures spearheading the British engineering and design company’s operations across the globe. Most recently, Head has been associated with building China’s first ecocities, Dongtan and Wangzhuan. But lately, he has been increasingly travelling to India.

Though Arup is present in India, Head’s visits have little to do with the company’s operations. Rather, Head is closely associated with developing the Indian Institute for Human Settlements , an upcoming Bangalore-based private university “focused on creating a new generation of professionals prepared to tackle the unprecedented transformation of India’s urban regions”.

Arup and design counterpart IDEO are partners of the university, established by a group of entrepreneurs and professionals such as Rakesh Mohan, Keshub Mahindra, Deepak Parekh and Jamshyd Godrej, among others. The institution, Head says, will teach urbanism as a holistic subject so that people can study a core discipline and branch out to special subjects such as architecture, urban design, energy and waste management.  Continue reading