C-USE/UIUC Joint Workshop @ IIT Bombay

C-USE/UIUC Joint Workshop @ IIT Bombay

Urban Infrastructure: Data, Analysis, and Planning

Overview: As Mumbai continues to grow, it faces even greater challenges of housing affordability, congestion, and quality of life. Allowing even higher density development has been proposed as a solution. However, increasing densities affect demand for new transportation infrastructure and public services and, unless managed properly, impose negative environmental externalities. These effects are harsher on economically weaker sections of the community. Little is known, however, about the extent of these effects and how policies can be used to mitigate certain negative impacts.

Understanding these connections will take new theories and methods that are directly based on Indian city-regions.This workshop is part of a collaborative research project that aims to generate new theories of urban spatial structure for Indian cities. We will focus on the K-West Ward of Mumbai and consider some policies that have been proposed as part of Mumbai’s Development Plan Update. The participants will be provided with some background to: (1) Identify different land use and neighborhood types; (2) Explore how the demand for infrastructure, especially, transport, water and waste, varies with land use types; and (3) Model how future changes in infrastructure and land use may affect each other. The participants will then refine these ideas by (a) reviewing the underlying theories and assumptions, (b) piloting data collections techniques, and (c) using the knowledge they develop to formulate conceptual models and algorithms that advance planning and decision-making.

We will use tools such as GIS, survey analysis and Android apps for field data collection. The final deliverable will be posters prepared by teams of UIUC and IIT students.

Participant Schedule

March 23: Monday

  •  Morning (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)——-Welcome and Introductions; Faculty and student introductory presentations
  • Afternoon (~1:30 PM –) ——–Introductory site visits

March 24: Tuesday

  • Morning (~9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)——Identify workshop teams and tasks;                                Refine data collection instruments, Possible Faculty Talks
  • Afternoon (~2:00 PM – 5:00 PM)—-

    Site visit: K-West Ward: Pilot surveys

March 25: Wednesday

  • Morning (~9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)—-Research updates and work session; IITB Faculty Talks
  • Afternoon (~2:00 PM – 5:00 PM) —-Office visits and meeting professionals; Free time for research needs, additional site visits

March 26: Thursday

  • Morning (~9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)—-prepare and print posters;Workshop wrap-up
  • Afternoon (~2:00 PM – 5:00 PM)–Free time

March 27: Friday: Mumbai-Amsterdam Symposium

Poster presentations (optional)


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