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 from February 2 to 6, 2022 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.