Become a high-skilled geospatial professional
Funded byErasmus+ Programme of the European Union
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Rapid urbanization is expected to lead to a housing shortage in Indian cities of about 30 million by 2022, which creates appalling conditions for urban poor. A substantial part of the population is already living in informal settlements with lack of tenure, threat of eviction and poor infrastructure. The government of India has addressed this problem by defining a policy of “Housing for All” by 2022 as its goal. 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.

This is an important global issue that is also addressed in several of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The BINUCOM project aims at strengthening the cooperation of Indian universities to jointly develop and publish Open Education Resources, and increase the relevance of architecture and planning by introducing new and multidisciplinary topics such as social inclusion, sustainable housing, participatory mapping and environmental risk assessment. In general, the project will raise the profile of the universities to respond to local needs, improve the employability of their graduates and contribute to better networking between local actors.

Indian partners in the project are the universities of Ahmedabad (CEPT), Coimbatore (KARPAGAM), Mumbai (KRVIA) and Vijayawada (SPAV). The project is implemented by a consortium led by Danube University Krems (Austria), further consisting of Lund University (Sweden) and ITC.

Contact persons

dr. J.A. Martinez
Project leader
drs. M.L. Bobbink
Project officer
Global impact

Land remains a highly complex issue, and often forms a cause for conflict at regional, national, local and personal level in view of its value as an economic resource in relation to social, political, cultural and often religious systems. The failure to adopt, at all levels, appropriate (urban and rural) land policies and land management practices remains a primary cause of inequity and poverty.

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