Creating Future-Proof Spaces for Megacities by an Impact-Oriented Participative Approach – Case Study Experiences from India

Spinadel, Laura P. and Bußwald, Petra (2022) Creating Future-Proof Spaces for Megacities by an Impact-Oriented Participative Approach – Case Study Experiences from India. Mobility, Knowledge and Innovation Hubs in Urban and Regional Development. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2022, 27th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 197-207. ISSN 2521-3938

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A lot is discussed how climate change puts threats on future urban and rural spaces. Indeed, this is highly relevant and needs to be reflected in the creation of these spaces in the frame of impact analyses. In addition, it seems even more relevant to integrate the human component into the processes of driving future real estate in order to shape spatial transformation in rural and urban spaces jointly and sustainably in a “better way”. URBAN MENUS ( is a novel platform for participative spatial development processes combining data understanding, data crunching, modelling, visualisation, and critical impact analysis, operationalised in an easy-to-use, high-end interactive real-time app with 3D visuals. URBAN MENUS quickly displays images of the future, allows a walkthrough, and evaluates effects in terms of resources and ecology (with the carbon footprint as one recent lead indicator), society and urbanity, and profitability – as an overall profile of resilience. This allows structured and fact-based, multi-perspective considerations on a project, steering holistic, future-proof space optimisation and investment security. The paper describes the experiences with impact-oriented participative spatial development processes in Pune, India. India has a very long democratic tradition as a good basis for participative processes and we observed a higher average appreciation of Women’s inputs compared to Europe. Yet, according to our experience, the caste system still strongly influences the mindset and hinders equal treatment of concerns across population segments. Furthermore, the relationship with decision makers, which play a crucial role in development projects, is widely characterised by widespread mistrust, counteracting consensus-finding at all levels. To this end, our conclusion is focused on the need of an onboarding phase, making all participants familiar with impact-thinking and creating awareness on the benefits of cooperation and the joint targets of happiness on a resilient basis. Furthermore, the young generation and their decision makers should be involved more to advance future spaces, combined with established classic stakeholders. Together they can yield best results, especially if orientation is provided for instance by archetypical examples deducted from previous processes. For India we have elaborated the following “archetypes” with high needs and potentials: a) smart rural development based on the circular economy, b) re-definition of development around historic heritage, c) city concepts based on new green production and mobility, and d) multi-sectoral and inclusive city enlargements

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Inter-Sectoral Development, Impact Analysis in Spatial Development, Holistic Decision Making, Future Planning, Community Interaction
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: The CORP Team
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2022 18:38
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2022 14:03

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