Liveable cities

In the 21st century, keeping our cities liveable will be a major challenge both for India and for Europe. The problems are wide-ranging, from pollution and congestion to stress...    (Read More....)

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In the 21st century, keeping our cities liveable will be a major challenge both for India and for Europe. The problems are wide-ranging, from pollution and congestion to stress and depression.

During the 20th century, Indian cities saw a phase of untrammelled and unplanned growth. Today, the average city’s quality of life is going down by the day. Millions of families are affected by pollution, congestion, urban poverty, and a shortage of housing, drinking water supply, sanitation, sewage treatment, and waste collection. Yet, in order to accommodate the current rate of urbanization, the country needs to build the equivalent of at least one mega-city every year. Not surprisingly, it is investing billions of euros into creating clean cities and ‘smart cities’.

In Europe, the problems may be less visible but they are as challenging. Experts are outcompeting each other in a saturated market, while the space to experiment with new solutions has become limited. There is decreasing public capital to invest in urban development, even though the European economy is heavily dependent on its cities. At the societal level, cities show increasing difficulties in coping with their cultural diversity. Isolation and stress among the urban population also give rise to a major health threat: depression and anxiety. 

Challenges Opportunities
Europe ·      Outcompeting of urban developers and architects

·      Since 1993, the 20 largest metropolitan areas in Europe have achieved annual income growth of 1.6%, a quarter of the 6.2% recorded by their counterparts in the emerging world (Brookings Global MetroMonitor)

·      Each year, 25% of the EU population suffer from depression or anxiety (WHO); stress and burn-out on the rise in urban regions

·      Impressive expertise on urban planning, but saturated market and decreasing means

·      Research culture

India ·      Terrible living conditions in the cities (e.g. in 2013, Mumbai was ranked India’s most liveable city, even though its inhabitants inhale the equivalent of 2.5 packets of cigarettes per day (WHO)

·      Many more cities are needed: 150 new mid-sised cities or 18 Mumbais

·      Urbanization rate: every minute during the next 20 years, 30 Indians will leave a village to settle in a city; urban population of 590 million by 2030

·      Billions of euros are being invested in urban development and clean ‘smart’ cities

We propose bringing European expertise to tier-three Indian cities, while building knowledge about the role of space in India, and how it is acclimatized to facilitate human happiness. Of course, any solution must tackle the scale of urbanization in India. Our ongoing project focuses on Belgian companies and researchers, and cities in Karnataka, where we are implementing some of the lessons learnt thus far.

The following activities are organized in this focus domain.

Meetings in Dharmasthala

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On November 17, Prof. Jakob De Roover met with several important people in the city of Dharmasthala, in the context of...

When:17 November, 2014, 10:00 am - 17 November, 2014, 12:30 am
Focus Domain:Liveable Cities
Event Type:Project, Meeting / Roundtable
Location:Mangalore, India

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Visit by India Platform Delegation to Wageningen University & Research Centre

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On 4 and 5 August an India Platform team visited Wageningen University & Research Centre to discuss collaborations in the focus...

When:4 August, 2014
Focus Domain:Engineering, Health care, Liveable Cities, Waste management
Event Type:Collaborations of UGent Faculty, Meeting / Roundtable
Location:Wageningen, Netherlands

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Second Focus Session of the India Platform Focus Group Liveable Cities

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Participants: Jean Blondeel, CEO, A&B Partners Arvind Chel, Assistant Professor, MGM College of Engineering and Technology, Navi-Mumbai Nele De Gersem, Deputy Director, India Platform,...

When:24 June, 2014, 6:00 pm - 24 June, 2014, 8:00 pm
Focus Domain:Liveable Cities
Event Type:Lecture / Presentation / Debate, Workshop / Seminar / Training
Location:Ghent, Belgium

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Meetings in Bangalore: IP Focus Group Liveable Cities

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On 6, 9 and 10 June 2014, the India Platform and its stakeholder NP Bridging, met with several representatives of the...

When:6 June, 2014 - 10 June, 2014
Focus Domain:Liveable Cities
Event Type:Visit to India, For Business, Stakeholders Activity

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India Platform Focus Sessions 2014

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The India Platform organised separate sessions on four of its focus areas in the course of February-March 2014. Experts and interested participants from...

When:6 February, 2014, 5:00 pm - 3 April, 2014, 8:00 pm
Focus Domain:Health care, Liveable Cities, School education, Waste management
Event Type:Meeting / Roundtable
Location:Ghent, Belgium

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Visit to Karnataka in the framework of the India Platform Focus Group Urban Planning: Liveable Cities

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The India Platform Focus Group Urban Planning: Liveable Cities was presented to bureaucrats, politicians and business people of Mysore, Bangalore, and...

When:22 March, 2014 - 26 March, 2014
Focus Domain:Liveable Cities
Event Type:Visit to India, Meeting / Roundtable

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Indian Welcome Evening 2013: Friends, Indians and countrymen, lend me your evening!

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In its yearly Indian welcome evening, the India Platform invited both Indians living in Belgium and Europeans interested in India to...

When:7 November, 2013, 5:00 pm - 7 November, 2013, 10:00 pm
Focus Domain:Engineering, Health care, Liveable Cities, School education, Social sciences and humanities
Event Type:Collaborations of UGent Faculty, Meeting / Roundtable, Indian cultural activity in Belgium
Location:Ghent, Belgium

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Stakeholders Meeting of the India Platform – 2012

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In order to consolidate the core consortium of stakeholders of the India Platform, a meeting was organised between the Rector of...

When:12 July, 2012 - 13 July, 2012
Focus Domain:Engineering, Health care, Liveable Cities, School education, Social sciences and humanities, Waste management, Higher Education
Event Type:Meeting / Roundtable, Stakeholders Activity
Location:Ghent, Belgium

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India Platform Infosessions at the UGent faculties

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To discuss the vision, objectives and opportunities for the India Platform in each faculty.

Presentation at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

When:21 April, 2009, 10:30 am - 2 September, 2009, 2:30 pm
Focus Domain:Engineering, Liveable Cities
Event Type:Meeting / Roundtable

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Ghent Launch of the India Platform – 2008

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Inaugural evening of debate: “Collaboration between Europe and India: Is Culture a Barrier?” The debate explored the cultural potential of the new...

When:6 October, 2008, 5:00 pm - 6 October, 2008, 8:00 pm
Focus Domain:Culture and management, Arts; traditions and heritage, Engineering, Health care, Liveable Cities, School education, Social sciences and humanities, Waste management, Higher Education
Event Type:Lecture / Presentation / Debate, Meeting / Roundtable, Conference / Congres / Symposium, Outreach programme, For Business, Workshop/Seminar/Training
Location:Ghent, Belgium

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