Urban Foundry

About Us

We are a group of like minded researchers, striving to address challenges posed by incredibly complex and rapidly evolving Indian cities.

Our Focus

Cities and Urban Studies

Studies of Indian cities have vastly been affected due to a lack of availability of data. We try and bridge the gap by developing suitable indicators.

Space and Society

Cultural factors yield peculiarity to Indian cities in terms of how various sections of the society choose to locate. We explore how physical factors play a role.

Methodological Development

We work towards contributing to advancement in spatial modeling and geostatistics while also identifying sectors with a potential for optimized workflows.

Our Work

City 1 - Gurugram

Gurugram is satellite city neighboring the Indian capital of New Delhi. It serves as an ideal context for empirical verification of urban theories due to it its recent inception and relatively organised use pattern.

City 2 - Ahmedabad

The fifth most populous city of India is also a city with highly active urban planning body. The city, to its credit, has been fairly receptive to large scale urban interventions. Hence the context becomes a natural choice to gauge what impact these interventions can have in an inherently chaotic setting.

City 3 - Rajkot

Rajkot, with a population of 1.2 million is another prominent city in the western state of Gujarat. The scale of the city allows for an in depth understanding of how tangible and intangible spatial factors work in concert to generate the spatial agglomeration that is primarily based on industries.

Sectors

Retail

Efforts are made to generate site suitability analysis for various retailers. Both Gurgaon and Ahmedabad, due to their thriving retail sector, served as grounds for studying retail agglomeration and consumer behaviour. Impact of accessibility (through space syntax models) was studied. This was further combined with macro demand models to study the impact of investment in creating a market at the first place.

Real Estate

Most Indian cities today see a population growth of 2 percent annually. With increasing demand, there is also speculative development. Our work towards creating real estate demand models is to reduce the risk for the developers and investors involved.

Health

Our research allows to further study the incidence, distribution and possible control of diseases like tuberculosis. Efforts are made to generate a predictive model to detect the vulnerbility of various villages in the Gandhinagar district of Gujarat. Various environmental and socio economical factors are taken into consideration.


Team

Vidit Kundu

Architect  //  Urban Planner

Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad

Sabyasachi Purkayastha

Architect  //  Geoinformatics Engineer
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad

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