Chaitali Wyomesh Dighe M.Sc.
Dept. 15: Architecture
Section Urban Planning, Subject Area Spatial and Infrastructure Planning
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Resilience, Smart Cities, Social Innovation, Informality
Evaluating the relationship between Smart City initiatives and social dimensions (working title)
By its virtue of being a theme-in-action, resilience is expected to be the foundation of urban development now and in the future. In an urban setting, infrastructure forms the backbone of development and hence it is essential to identify and develop critical infrastructures to be resilient and prepared for emergency situations. With urbanization occurring rapidly and being an irreversible process, cities need to be the prime focus for intervention. The Smart City concept has attracted world interest and has been a topic of discussion of the current decade. With its association to ICT and the debate around its benefits and drawbacks, this thesis aims to study the evidence of social influence on technological infrastructures and vice versa through the Smart City initiatives in India and Singapore. It aims to study the role of contextual specificity in the formulation of their agendas and strategies along with testing the ‘digital readiness’ of the communities. A case-study based approach will be adopted to study and analyse the different approaches chosen by the two nations to achieve their social, economic and environmental goals. The results of the study aim to promote 'socially induced innovation' as a pillar to develop critical (technological) infrastructure.