Not many cities are planned with active participation and involvement from urban planners and architects.  That is the reason most cities have one well-designed structure among many mediocre ones. Most cities face challenges of being polluted and having lesser open spaces. Well-designed spaces will be flexible enough to accommodate changed in traffic, pedestrian and every Government should show the way in developing better cities by taking an active interest in urban development from the planning stage till implementation.

In European and other developed countries, all major projects of architects, urban designers, with an area over 1000 sq. m. are to be compulsorily put on the public domain before granting them an approval, to ensure public participation to curtail damage to public spaces and life.

Unfortunately, in India, architects and urban planners look at the project in isolation and not as part of the total urban system. There is an impact every structure has on the environment in terms of energy consumption, solid waste management, water use and traffic and pedestrian movement. Planning around these helps develop greener cities, sustainable and with less carbon emissions.

It is important to keep the community in mind while planning urban spaces.  The design has to reflect the comfort and other finer aspects that social spaces exude.

It is time our planners created such dialogue between communities, designers, and governing bodies before addressing the future transformation of our urban spaces.

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