Rapid unplanned urbanisation and the social production of risk in Himalayas: A case of Almora, India
Prof. Wolfgang Wende, Technische Universität Dresden
The Himalayan region is experiencing population growth and undergoing the process of rapid unplanned urbanisation. The urban development process is increasingly ignoring considerations of location, slope, drainage and vegetation to accommodate rapid growth. In an area predisposed to multiple natural hazards and increasing threat from climate change, this development trajectory is further increasing the vulnerability of the urban settlements.
Taking the case of Almora, a Himalayan town in Uttarakhand, India, this dissertation analyses hazards generated through unplanned urban development. Urban planning documents, field observations and interviews with residents, municipality officials, real estate developers and local NGOs form the basis of study. These are analysed, qualitatively and quantitatively, to establish the characteristics, extent, impact and drivers of risks.
The results will contribute towards understanding the urban development challenges in often neglected yet rapidly urbanising Himalayan settlements. It will add to knowledge on urban risks and provide recommendations for addressing them.
Doctoral Student at the TU Dresden, Faculty of Architecture
Studies in Urban and Rural Planning, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
Degree: Master of Urban and Rural Planning
Studies in Architecture, Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, India
Degree: Bachelor of Architecture
Urban Alternatives (selfemployed)
Manipal University, India (Assistant Professor)
University of Alberta, Canada (Research Assistant)
Third Pole Design, Leh, India (Mentor Architect)
Auroville Earth Insititute (Project Architect)
Ministry of Human Resource Development Scholarship (2012-2014)
Berkley Prize, Essay Competition (2009)
Berkley Prize, Design Fellowship (2009)
IGBC, Green Design Competition (2008) - Design proposal