Pune Accelerator

How might the Mula-Mutha watershed be seen as a cultural and ecological asset?

The conventional approach to conservation and riverfront planning around the Mula Mutha River has not accounted for the broad range of hazards and stresses that face the river itself, its adjacent communities, and upstream areas.



The Mula Mutha River Conservation and Riverfront Project—led by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)—aims to address core issues of flooding, erosion, and pollution while also bolstering the social fabric and public health outcomes of surrounding communities through access to quality open space, in light of a number of interconnected factors:

  • Complex jurisdictional and institutional ownership and management structures that impede decision-making, authority over the Project, and land acquisition processes;
  • Rapid development of upstream areas and subsequent pollution downstream in PMC jurisdiction;
  • Alignment of key stakeholders, community groups, and agencies around a common vision that addresses conservation, public waterfront accessibility, and a reimagining of infrastructure; and,
  • Uncertain availability of funding and financing toward capital and operating expenses



The Accelerator aims to explore validation and design inputs for the project against a broadened view of resilience and holistic vision for resilient social, infrastructure, and water systems. For example, through systemic investigation of the water system and its impacts on surrounding communities and settlements, may uncover possible opportunities for inclusionary stakeholder alignment around a refined design approach. The Accelerator will also explore pathways toward overcoming barriers, such as  stakeholder consensus, governance, management, funding, and financing.


Paired with a Columbia GSAPP’s Urban Design Studio and in partnership with the Pune College of Engineering (COEP), the Accelerator aims to build local capacity to coordinate research with planning, ensure productive exchange of local information, use international precedents, and support  joint learning about the tools and practices of resilience. Studio curriculum will invite expert faculty to lead student investigations of design and planning solutions that span multiple sectors from infrastructure design, economic development, social justice, and long-term land use planning for climate adaptation.


Pune - RA Studio Report



Kate Orff 

Johanna Lovecchio

Linda Schilling



Dilip Da Cunha

Geeta Mehta

Thaddeus Pawlowski

Julia Watson



100 Resilient Cities

Pune Municipal Corporation

College of Engineering, Pune



CRCL Travels to Pune, India with GSAPP Urban Design Studio