Planning Potpourri!!? Planning is a mixed bag, multi-disciplinary, multi-faceted, multi-dimensional, and is a potpourri of people, spaces, and resources. Here is an attempt to dwell on the Diversity of Planning by means of multiplicity in characteristics, needs, demand, supply, problems & potentials of people, places & resources. Planning is creating possibilities, of different ways of living, in large cities, suburbs, small towns & villages.
The purpose of planning our towns and villages is to facilitate quality of life with happy, safe, convenient, clean and healthy environment to different genders and age groups – to our children, youth, elderly, specially-abled, women, men, girls and boys. Another purpose of Planning is to enable diverse sections of society with different opportunities to live with dignity and good standard of living. Planning Programmes open way for youngsters, who have diverse interests, backgrounds, potentials, knowledge, skills and values.
What is a Planner’s concern? The Planner cares for the city, its form as well as function. He concerns about the changing city size, shape and direction of growth and its maintenance. He thinks about how to link buildings & activities with infrastructures, roads, water, electricity, sewer, social conditions, economic needs and yet save the environment.
What are the principles of Planning? Core principles of Planning are sensitivity for environment, equity in basic services, conservation of resources, functionality of spaces, participation and partnerships among stakeholders, and sustainability of ecosystems.
What does a Planner do? Planner does a variety of things. He makes plans and policies. He conducts surveys and works with community groups, government authorities, voluntary organizations, private service providers, developers & elected officials. The Planner observes, calculates, draws, makes maps, writes, reviews, listens, communicates, interacts, coordinates, advocates, moderates, presents and represents. Planner also undertakes R&D. He may choose to work as an entrepreneur and create his own team of multidisciplinary experts. Planner is a visionary, a goal setter-keeper-achiever, a self-starter, and a trend setter.
What aspects does a Planning Professional study? Planning professional studies variety of aspects viz. History, Culture, Settlement patterns, Geography, Climatology, Ecology, Economy, Surveying of Land Uses, Management of Land Assets and Liabilities, Building Structures, Hydrology, Geology, Housing, Transport systems, Infrastructure, Community Facilities, Specification, Costing, Valuation, Aesthetics & Technology, Law, Finance, IT based Site Designing, GIS, & Geo informatics, Resource Planning & Management, Conservation, Disaster Management, Project Planning, Financing & Management.
Who should undertake this programme? Everyone! One who aspires for a good environment. One who seeks trasnsformation….in our neighborhoods, roads, houses, shops, parks, facilities, infrastructure. One who wants to see a change in areas of living, working & playing. One who thinks our villages and cities need better planning. One who seeks transformation in the way we live, and is willing to be part of! One who has interest in calculations, history, culture, geography, sociology, ecology& nature, law & order, one who takes interest in imagining, fore thinking, sketching, designing, photographing, one who believes in social justice & empowerment, one who likes to openly express and communicate, and the one who can co-work and co-create!
What are the benefits from the programme? The programme carves out responsible, sensitive, conscientious, aware, legally sound and powerful citizens, and a thorough refined professional, who is capable of making not only his own living worthwhile but enables others too. The Programme instills the virtues of care, preservation, conservation, equality, togetherness. The programme stimulates thinking for safety of environment, people, and resources. It enables to reason and plan for now and future. It sensitizes and prepares the community for sustainable growth & development.
Bio: Kankan Kataria is a Transport Planner from SPA Delhi with Bachelors in Urban & Regional Planning. She has 19 years of professional experience in the field of urban & regional planning. She has worked with corporate sector, Govt. & Non Govt. Planning organizations and Research &Training Institutions. She is faculty of Planning, at Ansal university since 4 years. Her key interest areas include sustainable housing, resilient planning, local area planning. She is Associate Member of ITPI, AIMA, RSA.
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