Placemaking Week India

Mangaluru / Nov 30-Dec 4 / 2022

Riverside Rejuvenation • Water-Sensitive Design • Community Collaboration • Climate-Responsive Planning • Sustainable Seaside Development • Cultural Placemaking


Creating public destinations at the water’s edge can build a strong constituency and political capital for cleaning sewage, solid waste and industrial contaminants, a problem for many of India’s water bodies.

The annual meeting of Placemaking India is being planned around a waterside placemaking theme at lakeside, riverbank and seafront locations in Dakshin Kannada. The number of participants is being kept small as India recovers from the pandemic and not least due to the fragile ecosystem of the pristine Udupi coast where the activities are centred.

Knowledge-sharing and activities such as walkshops, huddles, hackathons and interventions will focus on the social, economic and cultural and ecological uses of waterbodies which range from stepwells to the ocean. Themes identified for elaboration at the event include community collaboration in riverside rejuvenation, sustainable seaside developments, water-sensitive design, climate-responsive planning and heritage-based placemaking.

Our intention is to emerge with a customised set of principles and practices for waterside placemaking, one that takes into account cultural and natural heritage of waterbodies and based on global best practice from our affiliates around the planet.

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After a day of boots-on- the-ground action, put your feet up at the hospitality hub of Placemaking Week India


Paradise Lagoon, Placemaking Week India’s Hospitality Hub, is reserved exclusively for registered participants during the event. It is spread across three acres and surrounded on three sides by the pristine backwaters of the Suvarna River, about 7.5 kms from Malpe in Udupi District.

The ten-minute walk to Hoode Beach leads you through the peaceful village of Thonse. An infinity pool and open-air restaurant are additional attractions of this property.

Accommodation includes breakfast and ranges from Rs. 1600 to 1800 per person per day for triple sharers, Rs. 2000 to 2200 for double occupancy and Rs. 4000 to 4200 for single occupancy. A 12% tax applies.


November 30 

Wednesday  • Udupi

10:00 AM

Arrival Day!

Tours and demonstrations led by Udupi creative placemaking entrepreneurs mentored by PlaceXplore Lab. Be led by locals on waterside walks in Malpe, or opt to paddle-board and surf with Kadal Sup.

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4:00 PM

What makes a Place Phenomenal?

Legend and antiquity continue to draw the crowds to Udupi Sri Krishna Temple since the 13th century, when Madhvacharya installed an idol believed to have been worshipped by Rukmini. Feel the special vibes of Sri Krishna’s kshetra in a walk personally escorted by Udupi’s state legislator through the Ashta Mathas (Eight Monasteries) of Udupi Sri Krishna Temple.

7:30 PM

Welcome Dinner

Shivalli Brahmin feast hosted by Raghupati Bhat, Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly

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December 1

Thursday • Manipal

9:30 AM

The Blue Shift

Ten experiences from around the country in connecting people to water: sea forts, coastal commons, beaches, stepwells, lakeside developments, river walks.

Nirmitti Kendra

1:00 PM

South Kanara Konkani Lunch

Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village

4:30 PM

Regional hubs and task force huddles

Begin co-creating principles for waterside placemaking and collaborating for Placemaking Week India 2023. Lakeside encounters and networking.

6:30 PM

Sunset dinner and entertainment hosted by Udupi Nirmithi Kendra

December 2

Friday • Mangaluru

10:00 AM

In an Antique Land

Multisensorial journey of old Bandar in Mangalore led by Nitte Institute of Architecture. Spot the opportunities for heritage-based placemaking in the antique port of Mangaluru Dakke, which welcomed Arab traders of yore and ferried goods and passengers to Lakshadweep and the Middle East.

1:00 PM

Lunch hosted by NITTE Institute of Architecture

3:00 PM

Urban climate readiness

Special session on urban climate-readiness presented by Mangaluru City Corporation.

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4:00 PM

Netravati Riverside

Waterside activation experiences and interventions

6:00 PM

Raw to Burnt : Materiality in Placemaking

Exhibition and Event followed by Dinner

December 3

Saturday • Malpe

9:30 AM

Seaside Place Activation

The day begins early with an interactive design exercise with local cultural entrepreneurs to develop immersive and vernacular place activation strategies.

1:30 PM

Lunch with Experential Food Theatre

Featuring immersive drinks tasting session of geographical indication (GI) tagged + locally abundant flowers for shots and immunity based refreshing drinks.

Mogaveera Lunch

3:00 PM

Investors’ Roundtable

Developers and placemakers negotiate sustainable development at a roundtable moderated by The Urban Vision

4:00 PM

Awards to Placemaking / Community-Based Tourism Entrepreneurs

Beachfront Flea market featuring local products, arts and crafts.

6:00 PM

Intangible heritage

The evening ends with spectacular folk and cultural dance featuring women’s groups.

December 4

Sunday • Mangaluru

10:00 AM

Ground-breaking City-making

Finalise customised set of principles and practices for waterfront placemaking with decision-makers in government and industry. Break out sessions on education pathways and mid-career accreditation, goal-setting and action-planning for regional hubs and thematic task forces in 2023 and 2024-2025.

1:00 PM

Farewell lunch hosted by The Smart Citizen

3:30 PM

Return home or to hospitality hub

Placemaking India Weekend 2019


Here’s what founding members had to say about Placemaking India Weekend 2019


Other details coming soon!


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Dhanya Rajagopal

Dhanya Rajagopal is the Director of Programs at Public Landscape and Urbanism Studio (PLUS), a collaborative platform for creating equitable, resilient urban communities, based in Chennai, Bangalore and San Francisco. She is an architect, Urban Planner and Participatory Designer from Chennai with experience working in the US and India on large scale revitalisation, research and community based projects. She is passionate about design and applied research in the realm of social life, public spaces and urban commons. She has a Masters in Urban Placemaking and Management from Pratt Institute, NYC.

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George MP

He is a development professional having an experience of 12 years in the social sector. He holds a master’s degree in social work and has 8 years of work experience alone in the field of public space development. He is a proud recipient of Smart Cities India Award 2018, and Accessible Tourism Destination 2019 (ATD) Special Mention. He also authored a Handbook for Constructing Accessible and Barrier-free Infrastructure in Public spaces, Leisure Zones and Tourism Destinations.

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Madhushree Bose

Madhushree is a Conservation Architect with Abha Narain Lambah Associates, Mumbai. With over a decade in the industry, she specializes in living heritage and has lead and delivered projects across the breadth of the country in Ladakh, Bodhgaya (World Heritage site) and in Varanasi (nomination for World heritage site) and many more having engaged with entities like ASI, WMF and INTACH etc.

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Sukrit Sen

Sukrit Sen from Kolkata, India is an architect and heritage manager by profession and a musician by passion. His primary interest lies in the role of intangible cultural heritage in disaster management practices. He is associated with the National Park Service, USA, ICOMOS India, ICCROM, Rome, and is currently serving as the art and outreach coordinator at the Living Waters Museum, India.