Public Engagement in Urban Design: Evaluating Existing Policies and Forming Alternatives

Authors: Ananya Bhuyan*,
Topics: Urban Geography, Qualitative Research, Planning Geography
Keywords: Streets, Public Space, Usability, Delhi
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon A1, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The city of Delhi faces redundancy with its policy making on urban public space, and authorities have been unable to give people what they want from their streets. This creates the need for streets to be what people who use them regularly think they should be. Finding the benefits of involving the public in a project, selecting appropriate participatory methods and developing the method for processing outputs and applying them further are all necessities which need to be analysed at a profound level. With this paper I wish to produce a new body of empirical knowledge for conceptualisations of urban public space and urban encounters in India and inform urban policy related to urban space by questioning and analysing institution based policy-making documents.This is to understand the complex claims and struggles that shape everyday usability of the streets. Usability is to be understood in terms of urban experiences, comfort levels and insights of the people who use these streets on an everyday basis. This will be a comprehensive study on urban encounters which create complex claims over utilisation of street space. Drawing on case studies from my fieldwork on streets in Delhi, India, I aim to bring out the gaps between what a variety and complex set of actors “have” and what they “want” from the streets in terms of the form, character and use of urban streets in everyday life. Through this research, I hope to create a nuanced understanding of urban public space and Indian policy structures.

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