Examining sustainable urban development in Southern India
Building institutional relationships
by Ryan Malcolm 27 Jul 2018
Swinburne lecturer Dr Gavin Melles’ continued focus on understanding sustainable urban and rural development both locally and internationally has seen him successfully receive a $50,000 grant as part of the New Colombo Plan.
The grant, which will see Dr Melles conduct a study tour to India in late-2019, is his 3rd mobility grant in collaboration with India and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), totalling $100,000.
The study tour will provide 15 Swinburne Architecture and Design students the opportunity to experience workshops and lectures at a number of leading Indian institutions, including the IITM Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS).
A number of central themes will also be investigated throughout the 22-day tour, including regional materials and urban planning, which will act as assessment focus areas for students, with knowledge refined through practical workshops at Auroville Earth Institute (AVEI) and the Sustainable Livelihoods Institute (SLI).
Dr Melles says that collaborating with the IIHS and SLI “offers new avenues to strengthen institutional relationships and explore the mobility relationships within urban planning and architecture”.
“We hope that the success of a short-term mobility will lead to the development of knowledge transfer relationships in future years and collaborative agreements with partners such as IIHS, in areas of mutual interest of urban planning and architecture.”
The foundation for Dr Melles’ continued relationship with the IITM was laid in 2013, with an initial internal grant courtesy of Swinburne’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology and Professor Ajay Kapoor.