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Building Inclusive Urban Communities (BInUCom)

Project location India
Starting date 15 October 2015
Completion date 14 October 2018
Client Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
Partners In India: CEPT, Karpagam, KRVIA, and SPAV. In Europe: Danube University Krems (coordinator), Lund University, and University of Twente.
Project leader Javier Martinez
Project officer John Horn
Project type Institutional strengthening and capacity building
Budget Euro 959,197

A substantial part of India's quickly growing urban population lives in informal settlements under appalling conditions and suffering from lack of tenure, threat of eviction and poor infrastructure. Due to rapid urbanization, the total housing shortage in Indian cities is expected to go up to about 30 million in 2022. The Indian government has addressed this problem by defining “Housing for All” by 2022 as its goal and is currently developing a new, national scheme for urban housing. This situation creates a huge demand for architects and urban planners, who can deal with the complex challenges of sustainable social housing and the development of inclusive urban communities. To complement the vertical policy-making in India with a horizontal exchange of best practices, the BInUCom project aims at strengthening the cooperation between Indian universities in Ahmedabad (CEPT), Coimbatore (Karpagam), Mumbai (KRVIA) and Vijayawada (SPAV). Coordinated by Danube University Krems (Austria) in partnership with ITC at the University of Twente (the Netherlands) and Lund University (Sweden), the project will:

  • Improve the capacity of Indian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to jointly develop and publish Open Educational Resources (namely joint development of résumés for 4 cities, 16 indigenous cases and 16 course descriptions)
  • Increase the relevance of architecture and planning studies through the introduction of multidisciplinary topics such as social inclusion, sustainable housing, participatory mapping and environmental risk assessment.
  • Improve the capacity of Indian HEIs to interact with public authorities, enterprises, social communities and NGOs by means of external training for stakeholders in each of the 4 cities, organization of 4 local disseminations workshops and 2 national conferences, and by releasing Open educational resources and additional materials on the project website.

These results will raise the profile of the universities and their ability to respond to social needs, improve the employability of graduates and networking between local actors and intensify contacts between India and Europe.


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