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Connecting People to Cities - Rejeet Mathews


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SESSION 2B - ‘Connecting People to Cities’ – Redefining Masterplans

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Connecting People to Cities - Rejeet Mathews

  1. 1. Connecting People to Cities -Reimagining the Master PlanRejeet Mathews, Program Manager- Urban Development andAccessibility, EMBARQ India
  2. 2. Session 2B Connecting People to Cities - Reimagining the Master PlanRejeet MathewsEMBARQ India
  3. 3. ‘Interpreting current master planframeworks to achieve pedestrian oriented urban environments’
  4. 4. Master Planning in India In India, Master Plans or Development Plans prepared under their respective State Town and Country Planning Acts are currently the main statutory tool used to allocate densities and land use and to develop, improve and regulate the planning area in its entirety or in parts. Development Control Regulations as part of Master Plans/ Development Plans are to address parameters such as floor area ratios (FAR), building heights, parking norms, coverage and setbacks.
  5. 5. Traditional urbansettlementsAndCurrent urbandevelopmentCases: Mumbai, HubliDharwad and Naya Raipur
  6. 6. Automobile oriented, polluted, un-engaging urban form alongside unregulated urban sprawl
  7. 7. Gaps in current master planning frameworks  Depending on the Town and Country Planning Act, master plans undergo comprehensive review/ envisioning only once in 20 years or once in 10 years.  Aggregation based analysis and proposals at macro scales tend to broad brush out local specificities.  Master plans have pre-determined boundaries. Boundaries are often the most dynamic areas.  Disconnect continues between various scales of plans such as regional level, city level, zonal level and local area level
  8. 8. Interpreting the city’s needsGaps at the city level could be addressed at the Master Plan TOR formulationstage itself through collaborative brainstorming workshopsCase: Hubli Dharwad
  9. 9. Steps to reconnect at the city scale  Enabling frameworks rather than content based frameworks  Impact of investment led development to be spatially addressed rather than just plan led development  Range of solutions to be sought through scenario building to arrive at a well debated final plan  Reinforcing the 3 tier planning process and investment plans
  10. 10. Interpreting the city’s master plan at the sector or zonal scales  BRTBRT  Assessing current design interpretations for transit integration, density, mixed use, block size, walkability, community spaces etc.
  11. 11. Testing and challenging regulations/ ideas
  12. 12. Articulating design with key stakeholders
  13. 13. Steps to reconnect at the sector scale 750 810
  14. 14. Articulation of sector design Land Use Area (sqm) Percentage Total Plot 603480 Net 546297 100.00 Developed Area Residential 253338 47.00 Roads 163371 30.00 Open Space 78985 14.00 Amenities 49429 9.00 People 11,000 people accommodated Walkable pedestrian urban environment designed based on existing land use and regulations and accommodating similar number of people as other sectors Case: Naya Raipur
  15. 15. Interpreting master and sector plans at thepeople scale
  16. 16. Articulating end user needs
  17. 17. Testing and challenging standards/ ideas
  18. 18. Testing and challenging standards/ ideasLarge gap in the divider No street markings Unsafe crossing, no to guide vehicles pedestrian refuge area and pedestrians
  19. 19. Managing change on the ground at the people scaleCreate pedestrian refuge Reduce gap in the Create table top Safe crossings areas divider intersection
  20. 20. Summing Up…Mainstreaming and iterating our policies, plans, systems and designs toreconnect people to cities Iterative process Connecting people at policy scales Connecting people at city scales Connecting people at sector and neighbourhood scales Connecting people at street and building scales People centric development
  21. 21. Thank you.