04/30/2018 Embassy of Spain in India
As one of the most rapidly urbanizing cities in the developing world, New Delhi confronts enormous challenges of urban and social equity at a time of profound economic and climatic uncertainty. As a result, the citizens of the world’s largest democracy live amidst extreme environmental degradation. Existing governance structures have been hard pressed to cope with the pace of the complex and rapidly evolving dynamics of economic and climate change. Toxic air and septic waters are simply collateral damage in this circumstance. They are the indicator of complex urban problems that need a holistic and multidisciplinary approach. The Yamuna River Project aims to help the city of New Delhi and its stakeholders re-imagine and transform the sacred, yet polluted, Yamuna River by offering a research based
solution for dysfunctional river-city environments.
This publication presents the result of more than five consecutive years of focused research initiatives and designs from The University of Virginia School of Architecture towards the revitalization of New Delhi’s water bodies.
The Embassy of Spain in Delhi is honored to partner with the University of Virginia in a project that has the potential to change the way in which the development of a metropolis is conceived. Over the past decades, Spain has invested heavily in providing its cities with technology rich services, mobility and transportation systems, while guaranteeing efficient energy and water resource availability and management. Spain can rightfully claim to being a game changer when it comes to dramatic and sustainable urban transformation. Several Spanish cities like Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Málaga and Santander are considered international benchmarks in the promotion of smart urban planning, incorporating new technologies to improve the city´s products, services and environment. Additionally, Spain chairs the United Nations Platform for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) gathering smart city stakeholders and advocating for public policy to encourage the use of ICTs to facilitate the transition to smart sustainable cities. Spain owes its "smart" success story to the long promoted model of sustainable urban development, a development that must be invariably adapted to the existing geographic, geological and climatic context of any urban area. Thus, Spain has linked its profound experience in water, basin and river management to the growth of the country and the needs of its population.
The Yamuna River Project binds all these focus areas in one multifaceted and brilliantly designed path. It mirrors for Delhi what Spain has advocated for its own cities, and hence brings Spain and India one step closer in jointly defining their priorities for a shared future.
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