The rapid demographic growth in and around Indian cities is changing the physical dimensions of its cities – that is, the size, shape, density, land uses, spatial structure and building types. Increased urban development puts intense pressure on existing urban infrastructure to support a good quality of life for residents. Rapid urban growth often manifests itself as overcrowded and very high-density urban forms, claimed to contribute to crime, physical and mental illness and poor living conditions. Such urban forms are therefore generally considered to be socially, environmentally and economically unsustainable.
CityForm-India aims to facilitate the sharing of experience, expertise and knowledge to identify arising challenges and opportunities within the context of India’s rapidly growing cities. The principal goal of the CityForm-India research network is to conduct long-term collaborative research into understanding, promoting and delivering sustainable urban form in rapidly growing cities in India.