Aiming for equity in planning


The Charles Correa Foundation is hosting the Z-AXIS conference from September 6 to September 8


The Charles Correa Foundation (CCF) an initiative of architect and urban planner Charles Correa will host the third edition of the Z-AXIS conference. The 2018 edition of the architectural conference will focus on ‘Designing Equitable Cities’ and will be held from September 6 to 8 at Kala Academy -Goa.

The conference aims to propagate the idea of equity rather than equality, as far as the urbanisation and planning is concerned. This is in tandem with what Charles Correa had said of the ‘city’ : ‘we must of necessity examine the entire system we call ‘city’ and try to identify those living patterns and lifestyles which are optimal in their totality – including roads, services, schools, transportation systems, social facilities and of course, the housing units themselves.’

The conference aims at an analysis of equity, how it can be maintained and how it has been affected due to sociological, economic, political and cultural hierarchies. The speakers will throw light on the various interventions that try and address the problems at hand.

“The topic is very relevant for the Indian subcontinent, as it highlights the subliminal problem of equity, how it manifests itself and how they have been dealt with in a diverse landscape all over the globe by practitioners from diverse fields of work,” says director of the Foundation and architect Nondita Correa Mehrotra.

The conference aims to attract students, institutes, government officials and professionals from fields ranging from architecture, urban planning, law and order, policy and transportation. There will be a series of lectures, screening of films and panel discussions aimed at educating the delegates about the relevance of equitability in our cities in a hope that the seemingly invisible problem is brought to the centre and help discuss viable solutions, based on examples provided by the speakers.

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The speakers for the conference

 Judge, High Court of Bombay, Mumbai, Gautam Patel – the failure of the Indian Judiciary to see the equitable dimensions of Charles Correa’s master plan for Mumbai’s mill lands.

 Professor of Urban Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science and director of the London School of Economics, Cities and the Urban Age project, Richard Burdett – ‘Shaping Cities in an Urban Age’ bringing together authoritative research and fresh insights that engage with the complex spatial and social dynamics of urbanisation.

 Professor of Urban Design and Planning at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Rahul Mehrotra – the chase for equitable cites in ‘Towards an equitable city: illusion or reality?’

 Energy-conscious architect Sanjay Prakash – ‘Eliminating poverty and emission in India’s cities.’

 Environmental design and landscape architecture professional Mohan Rao – ‘Nature: as a distributing order’.

 Colombian architect Alejandro Echeverri – how the drug-trafficking dominated the city of Medellín in Colombia transformed into a transparent city, recovering public spaces and integrating neighbourhoods.

 Executive Director of Housing and Land Rights Network Shivani Chaudhry – Why a Human Rights Approach is Important for Planning Equitable Cities.

 Geetam Tiwari, Chair Professor for Transport Planning at the Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme and Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi – Mobility Planning in Indian Cities-Historical Trends & Current Challenges.

 Jagan Shah, director, National Institute of Urban Affairs – designing equitable cities within a deeply divided urban space.

 Barcelona based architect and urban planner Joan Busquets – ‘Barcelona, urban growth and requalification: Searching for a sustainable and inclusive development’.

 Architect Tatiana Bilbao – ‘A house is not a house’ focussing on providing affordable housing in urban spaces.

 Cino Zucchi – ‘A city is (not) a tree: designing new urban environments.’

 Architect and conservationist Pankaj Joshi – ‘Planning for Mumbai: An Equitable, Efficient and Open Process’.

 Cape Town based architect Heinrich Wolff – characteristics of spatialised inequality and how contemporary enclaves of privilege are grafted on existing practices of spatial segregation and overlaid with vast urban privileges.

 Michael Murphy – ‘Architecture That’s Built to Heal’

 Filmmaker Sanjiv Shah – ‘A Place to Live: A video on the State of Housing in India’.

 Director of the Mahila Housing SEWA Trust, Bijal Brahmbhatt – ‘Making cities inclusive and livable for the poor’.

 Sociologist Shilpa Phadke – how there are not many spaces for women to be in ‘Dull Jills – making a Feminist Case for Frivolous Fun’.

 Sanjit Rodrigues, managing director of Goa Waste Management Corporation, Panaji –  ‘Inequity by Design: Managing Waste for Goa’