CRCL Travels to Pune, India with GSAPP Urban Design Studio

January 13, 2019

The Accelerator team traveled to Pune, India, to understand the conditions on the ground for the proposed Pune Riverfront Project, led by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), and aims to address core issues of pollution, flooding, and public access. Mahesh Harare, the Pune Chief Resilience Officer, invited the Accelerator team to bring a holistic approach to the watershed, one that accounts for ecology, the current challenges of the adjacent communities, and the future growth of the city.

The Resilience Accelerator, through a partnership with the Columbia University GSAPP Water Urbanisms Urban Design Studio and local academic institutions represented by the College of Engineering of Pune, the Institute of Environmental Education and Research, 100 Resilient Cities, and the Pune Municipal Corporation Office of Resilience, will provide a new perspective and alternative approaches to the Mula Mutha Riverfront Project. These approaches will advance resilience thinking in the city and regional administration, regenerate Pune’s ecological fabric, and support equitable access to the public asset that is the Mula Mutha river.