1st Edition

Future is Urban: Livability, Resilience & Resource Conservation Proceedings of the International Conference on FUTURE IS URBAN: Livability, Resilience and Resource Conservation (ICFU 2021), December 16–18, 2021

Edited By Utpal Sharma, R. Parthasarathy, Dr Aparna Copyright 2023

    Cities have played an important role in our lives since the dawn of civilization. However, cities are slowly becoming overwhelmed and therefore intervention is desirable towards green, blue and egalitarian nature. Even with current urban issues, we must rise to the occasion as professionals to create cities that are social, cities that take care of the environment, and cities that are digital. Increased citizen participation is indispensable in this process.

    The ‘International Conference on Future is Urban (IFCU’ 21) Dec 16-18, 2021, Ahmedabad, India’, takes into account Livability, Resilience & Resource Conservation for planning Future and cities in future.




    Opening Session

    Keynote Addresses

    Paper Presentations

    Sub-theme 1: Space, Society and Culture

    Sub-theme 2: Green & Blue Infrastructure

    Sub-theme 3: Ecology, Environment & Climate Change

    Sub-theme 4: Urban Planning & Design

    Sub-theme 5: Housing Policies & Form



    Utpal Sharma is the Dean and Director at the Institute of Architecture and Planning, Nirma University, Ahmedabad. He has more than three decades of experience as an academician and professional in the field of architecture, urban & regional planning and urban design. He has worked on various prestigious urban projects that involve preparation of Master Plans, Regional Plans, Zonal Plans, Housing Policy formulation and Urban Design guidelines. Prior to joining Nirma University in 2014, he was the Dean at the Faculty of Planning in CEPT University.

    R Parthasarathy is Professor and Director, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad. Till recently, he was also leading the MEGA Centre at GIDR that worked closely with the Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation in the setting up of Metro Rail in Ahmedabad. His research interests are natural resource management, environmental economics and urban planning. He was earlier a Professor at the Faculty of Planning, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, guiding Masters and PhD dissertations besides teaching Postgraduate and Graduate students.

    Aparna is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Architecture and Planning, Nirma University, Ahmedabad where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. Trained as an architect-planner from CEPT University, she was associated with CEPT-CRDC for research projects related to rural livelihoods, human environment and socio-economic development. She was the founding partner of an architectural practice and worked with different organizations on issues pertaining to social housing processes, environment and sustainable livelihoods.