A week-long study tour to Mumbai, India.
December 2- 8th 2012
The week-long immersion/ study tour to Mumbai is aimed at a select group of ’senior’ International architects / urbanism practitioners and other infrastructure professionals. The immersion tour is designed to create opportunities for exchange on innovation in a wide spectrum of issues in the arena of architecture, built environment, planning ,city building, real estate and infrastructure development.
The objective of the program is to create ways for participants to better understand the opportunities & challenges in India’s growing infrastructure & real estate sector; understanding the appropriate legal and regulatory frameworks ; meeting potential partners; fostering new business connections and collaboration; and advocacy of innovative practices that can enable inclusive & sustainable urbanization. Our itinerary will feature five days of extensive, and intimate, meetings in Mumbai with leaders from India along with study tours , a conference & a charrette.
Urbanization in India:
Urban Indian population is currently at 300 million and is expected to cross 600 million in the next two decades. India is among the last large rural nations of the world. India is only about 30 per cent urban at this point. There is a huge opportunity to leapfrog into a society that is environmentally and socially sustainable; especially by learning from the successes and failures of the more urbanized parts of the world. This is at the crux of the agenda that we have set forth at The Urban Vision.
Dynamic & fast growing economy
India is one of the fastest growing economies of the world with an average GDP Growth of 8 % and is expected to be one of the fastest growing economies in the coming years. India is today one of the most dynamic real estate and infrastructure markets in the world. Jones Lang LaSalle’s recent report outlined the investment in infrastructure during 2007-12 at around USD 500 billion. According to Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors- India may need to potentially build an average of 8.7 billion sq ft of real estate space every year, adding up to a whopping 95 billion sq. ft between 2010 and 2020.
The program is designed around high level meetings with key industry leaders, site visits, a conference & a series of roundtables & Lectures , a charrette, and networking event.
The Main components of the program are:
- A series of lectures & round table meetings featuring leaders from the local real estate / infrastructure sector & experts.
- Study tours of regeneration projects; slums, new large scale developments & heritage precincts in the city.
- A Conference : which will also feature a series of “ignite” style presentations by the participants.
- A networking reception.
- A half- day session of a charrette around a & “ignite” style proposal presentation.
- A catalogue featuring the program participants work & expertise