Cities and regions have always captured the imagination of humanity across the world. City represents a creative endeavour to generate, harness and access the advantages of localization and agglomeration. Whatever the historical genesis– be it military, political, religious, or communication, the central dynamic underlying the development of urban centres has been the quest for nurturing and improving avenues for generating prosperity. Great cities have always been melting pots of races and cultures where the city remain as a conglomerated human artefact, shaped, steered, and composed by engagements, transactions and interactions among people. It embodies city’s huge range of resources; where a design-based approach in shaping the future of sustainable urbanism debate which can be deliberated as a comprehension of the future of cities.
Spatial development process has primarily three basic requisites; vision, preparation and implementation. The development process is rarely a common solution for all eventualities, and the success of the process depends very heavily on a contextual interpretation and implementation of solutions. A broad classification of urban regions in India has been done as given in the table below. Although these cities are grouped according to the similar socioeconomic profile, complexities of urban problems and issues, size and urban growth patterns, it is entirely feasible that for solutions of real and pressing urban problems, a further sub-division may be demanded.
City has evolved greatly in the past century and become more dynamic artefact with innovative economic social and administrative system. Out of the vivid and subtle interactions of which they have been the centres, there have come the newer breeds and the newer social types. Urban design and development would define transformational opportunities for place making and demonstrate choices in the enhancement and creation of new places in cities and illustrate its potential benefits.
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