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The IUDI thesis symposium is beginning to shape into a serious platform to share the research and discuss the theoretical questions in Indian context. The participants have clearly demonstrated that the regional questions are important in theorizing urban research. The four institutes that participated have managed to address the urban issue as a regional question and action as an aspiration of localized idea.

CEPT demonstrated that research and thesis is an outcome of studio project extended into the stack holder’s participation and channelizing the contested participant into local governing bodies. Both the case seems to identify the issues and demonstrating seamlessly into actionable thesis project. The both the case study build on the platform of vision to transformation with multiple trajectories. The KRVIA demonstrated the terrain specificity with greater emphasize in empirical sense as well as phenomenal sense. The ideas related to administered foot print, eco-foot print, co modified foot print demonstrated the point that land is community and not commodity. The tools to regulate the changing phenomenon, the values system as a product of tangible and intangible process, that regulating the ambiguity and vitality of everyday urban ism  are also the product of multi-valent nature of urban education that is embedded into the most complex forces of urban agglomeration.

Both the institution demonstrated that urban design practice deals with spatial phenomenon as a product of social and cultural process. The spatial practice informs the urban design decisions and a guardian of urban fabric and quality of life.

The KRVIA stance as being subservient to regional imperative as urban conditions and CEPT imagination of evolving as continuous urban process surely brings the main discourse of Urban Design practice as being thinking & integration of architecture for collective will. The conclusive answers to all empirical and phenomenal questions are in open ended-ness. The super impositions of variations and opportunities within are the larger learning for such open ended ness.


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