Increased frequency of natural hazards and sea level rise are expected impacts of climate change in India. Marginalised urban settlements are often vulnerable to disaster due to their location in hazardous areas and the use of non-durable building materials.Their inhabitants are therefore strongly affected by climate change. But amidst strives to meet climate targets, the poor's needs are mostly overlooked.

In this context, there is an urgent need for paradigmatic shift in the education of graduate students in spatial planning and design as well as training of urban professionals from different backgrounds in order to confront upcoming challenges related to climate change impacts on urban informal settlements.

The BReUCom project intents to conceive and pilot 20 short terms post-graduate Professional Development Programs (PDPs) targeted at real world problems. It aims to produce Open Educational Resources by developing 10 comparative case studies and 10 descriptions of new courses for graduate students in existing programs, following MIT's OpenCourseWare (OCW) model. It shall pilot new courses on urban resilience in existing curricula for graduate students.

The Professional Development Programs (PDPs) are designed to function as modules on urban resilience for urban professionals from different backgrounds and working experiences, pilot modules including internships with NGOs in India and Europe.

For more information:

Saturday, 24 October 2020

Professional Development Program - Contemporary Perspectives on Resilience

USM's KRVIA, in collaboration with the BReUCom project (Building Resilient Urban Communities), co-funded by the Erasmus Plus program of the European Union, is proud to host its first Professional Development Program on Urban Resilience. 

The certificate program, titled, "Contemporary Perspectives on Resilience" is a 3-day lecture series on various discourses around the phenomenon of Resilience in cities.

The details of the program can be found in the Program Brief. 

Link to Program Brief:

Link to Register:

Successful participants will be awarded a joint KRVIA-BReUCom certificate.

The Professional Development Program is free for KRVIA Graduates. 

Friday, 1 May 2020

BReUCom Symposium 3: Resilience Approach in Urban Paradigms - Training Needs for Urban Resilience in India

The third BReUCom symposium titled, ‘Resilience Approach in Urban Paradigms: Training Needs for Urban Resilience in India’, was held at KRVIA, Mumbai, on 2nd, 3rd and 4th of December, 2019.

The event was held within the framework of the project ‘Building Resilient Urban Communities’ (BReUCom), funded under the ‘Capacity Building in Higher Education’ program of EU Erasmus+.

The symposium witnessed participation from:

Indian Institutions of Higher Education

Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai
School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal
School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada
National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur

Indian Non-Governmental Organisations

Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centers, Mumbai (SPARC)
Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence, New Delhi (CURE)

European Institutions of Higher Education

Danube University Krems, Austria
University of Twente - ITC, Netherlands

Advisory Board for the BReUCom project

Experts in various fields who delivered lectures over the three days of the Symposium

The three-day symposium was planned as a set of three distinct events:
1. Advisory Board Meeting
2. Exhibition of BReUCom Coursework
3. Symposium to discuss BReUCom project work

Click on the Assessment Report below to read more about each of the events. 

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

KRVIA Masters Newsletter | May 2020

KRVIA Masters News | May 2020 edition, showcases the students' works from Studio II and Studio IV, 2019-2020 as well as the outcomes of the workshops and conferences conducted through the semester, as part of the academic program.

It also includes the dissemination activities in the KRVIA Masters program across the semester, along with participation and contributions from a variety of resource-persons and academics.

Click on the Cover Image to access the Newsletter.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

BReUCom Newsletter: Issue 3

The 3rd issue of the BReUCom Newsletter is out now. This issue consists of 3 volumes 3a, 3b and 3c as below. Please click on the Cover Images to view the Newsletters.   

Issue 3a:  
This issue describes the Case Studies undertaken as part of the BReUCom project by KRVIA Mumbai, SPA Bhopal in collaboration with KRVIA Mumbai, NIT Hamirpur and NIT Hamirpur in collaboration with SPA Vijayawada.

Issue 3b:  
This issue describes the Case Studies undertaken as part of the BReUCom project by SPA Bhopal and SPA Vijayawada.

Issue 3c:  
This issue describes the various Symposia organised across the world, as part of the BReUCom project.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Water Resilience in Historic Cities

As part of the BReUCom project, based on the theme of Urban Resilience, students of Sem II of the Masters program at KRVIA presented their work on Water Resilience in Historic Cities.

Three Historic Indian cities were chosen for the study: Jodhpur, Jabalpur and Bhopal. The students investigated the nature of engagement with water historically, the changes in the relationship of the state and the citizenry with this valued resource, evolutionary changes to water systems and society, etc.

An evaluation of the current state of water resources was also performed. The presentation presented an opportunity to appreciate the sophistication and complexity involved in the management of ecological resources historically in Indian cities, and provided a perspective on how such resources have fallen into dismay due to societal and systemic apathy.

The presentation was hosted in the KRVIA Auditorium on 8th January, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. The three presentations are linked below:

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Presentation on "Water Resilience in Historic Cities" at KRVIA Encounters

Poster for KRVIA Encounters, 8th Jan 2020. 
As part of the KRVIA lecture series, Encounters, M.Arch Semester - III students will be presenting their work on "Water Resilience in Historic cities",based on the BReUCom Resilience Program, running in the Masters Department of KRVIA. 

The event shall be hosted in the KRVIA Auditorium on 8th January, 2020 at 11:30 a.m

Monday, 6 January 2020

Media Report on Public Review of student work on Vasai-Virar

Loksatta, 4th January 2020
Report on Public Review of Student Work on Vasai-Virar,
as part of the Urban Resilience Studio, BReUCom. 

Plan by young researchers for Sustainable Environmental Development

Vasai-Virar is growing and developing rapidly, but environmental loss accompanies the development. With the current notion of development Vasai is losing out on its environmental assets. Young researchers have demonstrated how development can take place while protecting and conserving the environment and historical assets. 

Vasai is an environmentally rich area. This area is  developing rapidly. But with rapid development, the greens and environmental assets of Vasai are under threat. A large number of problems are emerging with this development. Young researchers acknowledge the need for development, but, with development should not be accompanied by harm to environmental assets. With this thought 'Yuva Vikas Sanstha' collaborated with water expert Sachin Marti and students of Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies. They have researched and developed alternate imaginations of Development for Vasai-Virar. The study comprised of the areas of: Arnala, Nirmal, Vasai koliwada, Gogate salt pan, Global city and Juichandra areas. Preservation of Traditional Livelihoods of Vasai, Conservation of Historical Sites and their development for tourism, were part of the alternative development visions proposed, based on research and studies of the areas. If these areas are developed, it will promote tourism and employment generation. The research is now complete and was recently presented in Bhuigaon in Vasai.

Vasai-Virar is growing and developing rapidly, but environmental loss accompanies the development. With the current notion of development Vasai is losing out on its environmental assets. Young researchers have demonstrated how development can take place while protecting and conserving the environment and historical assets.

The Development Plan for Vasai Virar will end in 2021 and a new development plan will be proposed for the future . In this situation, understanding diverse geographic conditions in Vasai-Virar like  mountains, low-lying areas, salt pans , agricultural land, sea shore, lakes, etc. is critical. 
Development plan for Vasai Virar needs to be prepared with long-term visions to cater to the flood-like situations, and any other threats and vulnerabilities . For this, alternative imaginations of development were produced and presented to communities. The response was extremely positive, where the community scrutinised and understood the alternative imaginations for the development of Vasai-Virar .