1st Edition

Future of Cities Planning, Infrastructure, and Development

Edited By Ashok Kumar, D.S. Meshram Copyright 2022
    282 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    282 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    282 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book critically analyses the existing condition of cities in developing countries with special reference to planning and infrastructure networks in India. It provides an overview of the nature of opportunities presented by cities; major challenges that cities would face in future; and codifies the ways and means to transcend the challenges of contemporary urban growth and quality of urbanisation. It discusses key themes such as architecture of density, transformation of land-use zones to development zones, development of railway infrastructure, planning and design guidelines for bus rapid transit, and urban water planning and universal access to housing to create an enabling environment for deliberations and a better future for cities in the developing world.

    The book integrates insights from governance, planning, and design and highlights implications of spatial integration. It brings together current issues in Indian urbanisation, smart technologies used in building smart cities and high-rises, and urban and regional governance to explore forms of sustainable development planning that factor human needs.

    Accessible and topical, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of urban studies, urban and city planning, development studies, sociology, public policy and administration, political sociology, anthropology, architecture, geography, and economics, as well as to professionals, planners, policymakers, and non-governmental organisations.

    1. An Introduction — Future of Cities: Planning, Infrastructure, and Development

    Ashok Kumar

    PART I: Governance of Cities

    2. Planning for Urbanisation and Economic Growth: Addressing Urban and Regional Governance Issues in India

    Prasanna K. Mohanty

    3. Governing the City-Region: Rethinking Urban and Regional Governance in India

    Mathew Idiculla

    4. The Smart Cities Mission and City Planning in India

    D.S. Meshram and Swati Meshram

    5. Water Governance in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, India

    Ashok Kumar

    6. Drinking Water for All: Rurban Water Planning in India

    James L. Wescoat, Jr.

    PART II: Production of the Built Environment

    7. Future of Zoning: From Land-Use Zones to Development Zones

    Poonam Prakash

    8. Rethinking High-Rise Urbanism: Design Strategies and Planning Tools

    Vinayak Bharne

    9. Reclaiming Urban Practice for India: What Can Design Teach Us?

    Aseem Inam

    PART III: Movements of People, Goods, Information, Ideas

    10. Planning and Design Guidelines for Bus Rapid Transit in Indian Cities

    Shreya Gadepalli, Christopher Kost, and Pranjali Deshpande-Agashe

    PART IV: Future-Proofing Cities  

    11. Conclusions — Urban and Regional Planning Futures: Integrating Infrastructure, Governance, Technology, and Design

    Ashok Kumar


    Ashok Kumar is Professor of Physical Planning and Dean (Academics and Student Affairs), School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India.

    D.S. Meshram is President, Institute of Town Planners, India, a trained architect, and a spatial planner.