Holistic Understanding

Learn the Macro and Micro influences

Architecture is one of the few fields which takes inference from every discipline to ensure the most optimum solution. Although popularised as a perfect blend of aesthetics and technology, architecture touches lives - It sets the backdrop for events and occasions in people's lives. However, this quality - to make or mar experiences, is often ignored. Architecture should observe, study and weigh the impact of various design alternatives on environment, market, society and individual lives.

Course Outline


Environmental Psychology:

  • Behaviour and predictability. Personal space,  territoraility,   privacy,  crowding,  and small group ecology 
  • Nature of Human behaviour
  • Behaviour in Groups: Home, Dormitory, Neighbourhood, shared work spaces, private office, Conference rooms, Public Performances, shopping places, food courts, Schoolground, classrooms, lecture halls, Libraries
  • Public Spaces: In the Park, on the street
  • Environmental Psychology- Care for environment

Urban Sociology:

  • The Definition and meaning of “urban”-
  • Urban Policy, Governance, Urbanization – Historical Overview and Contemporary trends 
  • Urban concepts and theories-
  • Globalization, 
  • Informality, 
  • Place and place making,
  • Gentrification, 
  • Urbanity, 
  • Urbanism, 
  • City utopias like global cities and smart cities with critiques

Environmental and Urban Economics:

  • Urbanisation and environment
  • Cities and sustainable development
  • Environmental valuation
  • Economics of pollution and congestion
  • Economics of climate change

Environmental Planning: 

  • Defining the ‘Environment’, ‘Ecology’ and ‘Planning’
  • Basic concepts of Ecology, Importance of Biodiversity, Introduction to the Anthropocene.
  • Different approaches to Planning- Ecological planning, Ecosystems-based approach and anthropocentric approaches
  • Evolution of Ecological Planning through Literature and Practices
  • Case discussion on Water Sensitive Planning, Child Friendly Cities, Cities as Reserves-Urban Protected Areas


Pleasa Serin Abraham

Subject Expert

Pleasa Abraham is a Bengaluru based instructor specializing in Environmental Economics, Energy Economics and Econometric Modelling. She has finished her PhD from IIT Bombay in Economics. Her dissertation is on the topic 'Barriers to the adoption of green buildings and willingness to pay for green certified buildings'.


Binti Singh

Subject Expert

Dr. Binti Singh is an urban sociologist and her expertise traverse the disciplines of urban planning, policy and governance. She holds a Ph.D. (urban studies) and an M.Phil. (Planning and Development) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay), Mumbai, India. Currently, she is engaged as an Independent Consultant with think tanks and international institutions like the National Geographic and Deakin University, Australia. She is Associate Editor of the Oxford Urbanist. She regularly contributes as a columnist to dailies and magazines like the Business World, Domus India, KNN India and smart city portals like EletsEGov. She is the author of The Divided City: Policy and Ideological Contestations in Contemporary Urban India. Her ethnographic work on Lucknow is compiled into another book titled Lucknow: Culture, Place, Branding and Activism launched in 2018. She is working on book projects with international publishers like Springer and Routledge, Taylor & Francis.


Sonam Ambe

Lead Instructor

B.Arch(Sir J. J. College of Architecture) M.Phil (IIT Bombay) Following her education in architecture, Sonam turned towards the social sciences to comprehend holistic influences of built environment on people. She was felicitated with the Best Teacher’s Award (2016) by Maharashtra Association of Schools of Architecture and has received research grants from the Indian Ministry of Culture in 2017, Saint Gobain Scholarships in 2018, and the Sahapedia | UNESCO Fellowship in 2018.


Rohit Pansare

Field Expert

Rohit Pansare is an independent researcher and environmental consultant with over 8 years of experience in the conservation and environment planning field. This includes experience in conducting environmental assessments and habitat risks assessments using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS). He has a Master’s in environmental Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad and Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Mumbai University with a specialization in urban and industrial waste management. He has been involved with various institutes as a subject expert covering topics like GIS-RS, biodiversity assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment, environmental law and disaster management.


Abhishek Behera

Abhishek is a planner, urban designer, and architect who specializes on the integration of the public realm with the urban built environment. Over the last 12 years, he has worked in four countries and has gathered experience in the design and revitalization of waterfronts, streets, and transit corridors as assets of the community and tools for improving quality of life. He brings a unique experience of understanding the local community and culture, and integrating these elements into planning and design.


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