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A people-centered society is the foundation of democracy. Transparency, accessibility, equity, social cohesion, and inclusion are all aspects of good governance that enhance the idea of democracy. Involving people in major urban planning processes affecting the society at large demonstrates good governance.
The pragmatics of this course are based on the premise that city development is a multidisciplinary domain, and how various stakeholders can be empowered as decision-makers in key urban development and planning processes. At the same time, we must recognize that public involvement is not a new notion and has been used for a long time both nationally and internationally.
This course is about developing tools and approaches for enabling the public participation process for large-scale projects by re-instating and re-imagining it in the age of digitization and e-governance. It also questions the notion of "One-Size-Fits-All" in several ways. Each case is unique and demands a tailored approach to public participation and collaboration in the development of a better built environment.