Urban Density's Poetic Justice


  • Nitin Pandit Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)



COVID, urban planning, density


COVID-19 continues to teach us lessons about our urban design, which has been so divorced from natural systems. Specifically, world over, it has challenged the decades old principle of urban planning which says that cities should be as dense as can be. With ingrained lifestyles in the dense concrete jungles, it becomes difficult for those who benefit from urban density to admit that there is a limit to density when we ourselves have become the vectors and victims of the virus.  Meanwhile in densely urban India, the poor migrants bear the risk of being exported from the urban dreams that they never got to share. That may or may not change the traditional orientation toward growth-at-all-costs, but there may be an increased appreciation and demand among the urbanites for working with nature.


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Author Biography

Nitin Pandit, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)


Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Royal Enclave, Srirampura, Jakkur Post, Bengaluru 560 064


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