Title

Planning for resilience: Preparing resilient planners in Mamallapuram, India

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Document Type

Contribution to a Book

Department

Urban and Regional Planning

Publication Title

Reflective Planning Practice: Theory, Cases, and Methods

Editor

Richard Willson

DOI

10.4324/9780429290275-7

First Page

129

Last Page

151

Abstract

The plan was for the US students to spend the fall semester of 2009 learning about planning for resilience and about the Indian geographical, historical, and sociopolitical context. It organizes the observations in three elements: planner-as-person, interpretation of context, and reasoning and methods in the planning episode itself. This chapter adds comments on how the author interpreted context at two levels: context for the project itself with the client; and context for managing the studio class, analogous to managing a planning team. It leads to observations about practical judgments made during the planning episode and broader takeaways for planning. Planning in India is a complex endeavor, shaped by the legacy of colonialism and the vestiges of British town planning that created multiple layers of bureaucracy. The combined educator/planner role played in this planning episode speaks to other situations where planners are conveners of planning efforts by community members and interest groups.

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