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Regenerative Townships of Tomorrow 
Auroville Green Practices invites experienced urban planners, architects, project developers, engineers, policy makers and consultants to take a break from every day issues for a 3 day strategic thinki

Vision Workshop


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Regenerative Townships of Tomorrow 

Auroville Green Practices invites experienced urban planners, architects, project developers, engineers, policy makers and consultants to take a break from every day issues for a 3 day strategic thinking workshop to envision regenerative townships of tomorrow that can potentially lead to new opportunities. This limited capacity event has participatory sessions covering : urban planning, energy, mobility, environment and resource management, society and culture, livelihoods, governance, building technologies and integration.  

Distinguished professionals in the field will share their vision and experiences in the form of plenary talksparticipatory sessions and a panel discussion addressing the key questions : What characterizes a regenerative township ? How can we move towards regenerative townships from where we are now ? We expect the workshop to result in a document characterizing the vision for regenerative townships that will be distributed widely to policy makers and the industry after the event. 

Participatory Sessions

The parallel participatory sessions are envisaged to be highly interactive and every participant is expected to engage actively. For effective fertilisation of views in a short time, all participants are required to make a 3 minute presentation to be submitted at the time of registration. A typical participatory session is structured as follows and may be suitably modified by the facilitator.
15 min. - Introduction and tone setting by facilitator
90 min. - 3 minute presentations by participants on session topic
15 min. - Tea break
60 min. - Break out sessions
30 min. - Wrap up session

Each session is expected to produce a series of bullet points to form a section in the vision document. All participants as well as facilitators will be duly credited in the document as co-authors.



Session 1 : Urban Planning


G Dattatri

Former Chief Urban Planner, Chennai

Mr. Dattatri holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Town & Country Planning from the Delhi School of Planning and Architecture and a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), University of Mysore. He has over 50 years of experience in various facets of regional, town and urban planning of which over 30 years were spent in senior positions with the Government and 20 years as a private Urban Planning consultant. He has been advisor to the UN Habitat Sustainable Chennai Support Project and recipient of the UN Habitat Scroll of Honor for 1995.

Session 2 : Environment and Resource Management


Mohan Rao

Principal, Integrated Design (InDe)

Mohan Rao is a Principal at Integrated Design (InDe), a Bangalore based multi-disciplinary consultancy practice in regional planning, environmental design and landscape architecture. His experience includes master planning of existing & new settlements, ecological restoration/conservation, impact assessment of natural disasters, management & reconstruction, resource assessment & management and conservation/site interpretation of world heritage sites. He is currently involved in master planning, regional planning and sustainable development projects across the Indian subcontinent, Morocco, Libya, France and China. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Bangalore University and a masters in landscape architecture from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi.

Session 3Soul of City

N H Chhaya

Dean, School of Architecture, CEPT




Session 4 : Society and Culture




Session 5 : Governance


Dr Harjit Singh Anand

Managing Director, Glownet Knowledge Services

Dr. Anand combines in his personality sharp acumen on Public Policy as well as Corporate Management on the one hand and stimulating research and literacy contributions on the other hand. He is currently Managing Director of Glownet Knowledge Services and Co-President of the EuroIndia Centre. He was the Secretary, Government of India in the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation where he gave shape to India’s Housing & Habitat Policy 2008 and implemented the country’s largest urban development programme in the form of the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission. He did his PhD in the sphere of human resource development on Directive Principles of State Policy & Attitude Orientation of Civil Servants.

Session 6 : Energy

Infrastructure plays a critical role in formulating the society and the city we want to live in. Eco-efficient infrastructure consumes fewer resources such as materials, energy and water but helps to create more goods and services with less pollution such as waste and CO2 emissions. Buildings can be designed to minimize resource use and energy systems can be upgraded to improve efficiency as well as link renewable energy sources to grids. Promoting urban density and limiting private vehicles can reduce resource intensity without compromising economic growth. This session will look at the policy options for realizing a vision of low carbon society.

Dr. Brahmanand Mohanty

Visiting Faculty, Asian Institute of Technology

Brahmanand Mohanty has completed both master and doctoral degrees in the energy field. As the regional adviser for Asia for the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) for the last two decades, he has established institutional partnerships with several national energy and environment agencies for sharing experience, providing advisory services and capacity building in the areas of energy and resource management in industrial and commercial sectors. He has also been associated with the School of Environment, Resources and Development of the Asian Institute of Technology since 1986 as a faculty member, teaching subjects related to energy efficiency and management in buildings and industry.

Session 7 : Livelihoods

Dave Wallack

CEO, IFMR Ventures



Session 8 : Mobility

Dr. Geetam Tiwari

Professor, IIT Delhi 

Tiwari has extensive research experience in transportation issues. Some of her projects include a bicycle master plan for Delhi, analysis of traffic on Indian highways, crash analysis on rural and urban roads and public transport planning. She has published over 70 research papers on transportation planning and safety in national and international journals. She obtained her B. Arch from IIT Roorkee, Masters (Urban Planning and Policy) and Ph.D. (Transport Planning and Policy) from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Currently, she is the TRIPP Chair Associate Professor for Transport Planning at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and Adlerbretska Guest Professor for sustainable urban transport at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

Session 9 : The Future of Building Technologies

Do we live in a time where we can expect that current trends can simply be extrapolated? Can we expect that the use of today’s highly processed building materials and energy consuming building services will intensify with time? This doesn’t seem to hold up, and this workshop will set out the converse view. The introductory talk will display that we are headed for change, and that we will in fact evolve a building technology that extracts much more efficiency from resources and provides for a sufficient lifetyle while respecting nature and humanity.

Sanjay Prakash

Principal, Sanjay Prakash & Associates

Sanjay Prakash is an architect with a commitment to energy-conscious architecture, eco-friendly design, people’s participation in planning, music and production design. Over the years, he has integrated all his work with the practice of new urbanism and sustainability in his professional and personal life. He is Principal Consultant of his design firm, Sanjay Prakash & Associates Pvt. Ltd., and was a partner of daat and Studio Plus, design firms that predate his current firm. His name and work is mentioned in the twentieth edition of one of the main reference works in architectural history, A History of Architecture by Sir Bannister Fletcher.

Session 10 : Integration

Durganand Balsavar

Principal Architect, Artes

Durganand Balsavar has been involved in rural development, alternative technologies, disaster mitigation, housing and urban planning for over two decades. He co-founded Artes – Human Settlements Development Collaborative in Chennai. He received his formal training from School of Architecture, Ahmedabad and ETH-Zurich after which he worked in the atelier of Mr B V Doshi on projects like IIM Bangalore and New Bombay L&T Township and others. He is a visiting faculty at CEPT University, CEPT- India studios of Rensselaer Polytechnic New York, Bartlett – London and other international schools.

Tour of Auroville

A guided tour of select sites in Auroville where green practices are demonstrated - Matrimandir gardens (Solar plant), Luminosity apartments (building concepts), Realization apartments (Earth architecture & technologies), Solar Kitchen (Community dining hall and amenities) and Pitchandikulam Forest (rejuvenated tropical dry ever green forest).


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