June 2015

Get Smart

Smart is the new ‘S’ word (after Sustainability) doing rounds in the construction world. Even the government seems keen to implement strategies that will transform our urban environs into Smart cities. In our second edition of the e-newsletter, we explore what would Smart city mean for us Indians and how can we realise this future. In the Walk the Talk interview, architect Sandeep Shikre of SSA Architects chats with us about the different nuances of a Smart city.

There are different interpretations on this subject but the ultimate desire is to make our cities better. So here’s hoping for a smarter future.

By the Editorial Team

“The challenge before the urban planning in India for future is not just the crisis of migration but also the crisis of aspirations.”

Christopher Charles Benninger

For most part it seems premature for Indian cities to even discuss the possibility of incorporating Smart features in its urban fabric. While we struggle to implement basic necessities like better roads and waste management, the idea of a city with avant-garde technology seems far fetched, maybe even uneccessary. The reality, however, is that as a developing nation we are absorbing all that the world has to offer and we want to make the best of it too, coupled with international brands foraying in the Indian market with itsmodern technology and materials. The challenge before us is to reconcile these two realities and find a systematic way to move ahead.

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How do you define a Smart City?
Sandeep Shikre, President + CEO, SSA Architects: “A smart sustainable city is an innovative city that uses Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and other means to improve quality of life, efficiency of urban operation and services, and competitiveness, while ensuring that it meets the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social and environmental aspects”. A more inclusive definition also adds the "citizens voice and involvement" as an additional dimension.
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