BANGALORE: Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements, held a short-term programme on Sustainable Urban Futures — Heritage, Culture and
Environment (SUF) recently on their premises.
The Course was conducted by Dr Jyoti Hosagrahar, Professor at Columbia University, New York and Director of Sustainable Urbanism International at Columbia University and Bangalore, India and was co-hosted by Sathyaprakash Varanashi, who as part of his own consultancy firm, Sathya Consultants located at Bangalore, has been professing and practising eco-friendly cost effective architecture for the last 15 years.
Speaking about the event, Dr Hosagrahar said, “I enjoyed teaching with IIHS as students had a good knowledge base.” This course had participants from India and across the world, who were put through an accelerated learning process where they understood the scope and impact of applying universal norms and standards of sustainability and heritage conservation, the need for an integrated approach, and comprehensive place-based strategies for sustainable urban futures.Sathyaprakash said, “SUF Workshop have evolved as a vibrant and interactive event. The participatory approach and dialogue based sessions kept the discussions interesting. The diversity of backgrounds of participants enriched the event.”
Akshay Krishnan, a student who participated at the event said, “Through this course I realised that urban planning, urban design and architecture are interconnected to each other. Urban planning usually takes the centre stage but this course has opened new