Varanasi Workshop

Learning from the Utopian City:  Varanasi

Date: 25th February, 2016

Venue: Conference Room, Gandhi Technology Alumni Center (GTAC), IIT(BHU), BHU Campus, Varanasi


9.30 – 10.00 – Tea/coffee and arrivals

10.00- 10.30 – Introduction to the Utopian Cities Project by Profs. Ayona Datta, William Gould and Anu Sablok

10.30 – 11.30 – Panel One: Varanasi and urban heritage

Prof. Rana Singh, ‘Banaras, the Heritage City of India: Contemporary Planning, Contestation and Orientation’

Prof. Navneet Raman, ‘Banaras: Possibilities in Urban Planning’

11.30 – 2.00 – Panel Two: Varanasi and the urban grassroots

Prof. J.B. Komaraiah and Dr. Darshan Kumar Jha, Title TBC

Prof. Ravi Singh, ‘Varanasi’s Peru: Urban Interface Zone’

Pintu Kumar, Srishti Sanrakshnam, ‘Assiduous sanitation campaign & heritage conservation in Varanasi’

2.00­ – 2.45 – Lunch

2.45 – 3.00 – Introduction to afternoon session

3.00 – 4.30 – Panel Three: Varanasi as a ‘Smart City’: Planning and government

Mr. Hari Pratap Shahi, Municipal Commissioner, Title TBC

Mr. Shyam Lal Singh, Planner India, ‘Developing Varanasi as a Heritage Smart City’

4.30 – 5.30 – Final discussions


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