Visitors Programme 2017

We are pleased to present the second edition of the Visitors Programme. The program aims at a stimulating exchange between German and Indian experts working with water.

The visit to relevant and innovative projects in Germany and the Netherlands led to many reflections, group discussions and initiated new thoughts and approaches, while bringing experience, perceptions and inspiration back to Chennai from their visit in the context of urban water and ecological development.

The visit chiefly highlighted the ecological, cultural and social backgrounds of the water situations in big cities rather than the mere technical expertise. It was designed to focus on aspects such as urban river restoration, urban water management, democratic water governance, participatory change processes, and role of art and awareness programs, forging new relations between humans, institutions and nature.

The group got to discover first hand the merits of collective decision making. The “Berliner Wasserrat” (Berlin Water Assembly) is established as an open forum for everyone who wishes to become involved in the planning and implementation of this new Berliner Wasserbetriebe under the citizens’ control.

Participant's Profiles
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Arul Narayanasamy - Ecologist and site manager

Arul Narayanasamy is an active administrator involved in landscaping, planning and implementation of ecological restoration having strong technical and field experiences in both ecological planning and implementation.

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Balaji Narasimhan - Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Water Management, IIT Madras

Balaji Narasimhan has over 15 years of experience in the use of GIS and remote sensing tools for hydrologic model development.

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B. Rathinasabapathy - Ecologist

B. Rathinasabapathy is currently working as an Ecologist at the Pitchandikulam Forest Consultants (PFC) for the maintenance project at the Adyar Eco Park, Chennai.

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Biju Kuriakose - Architect, urban designer/planner, co-founder architecture RED

Having studied architecture in Mumbai, Biju received his Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urban design from Pratt Institute, New York.

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Daniel Robinson - Transport Expert

He is currently collaborating with State Mission Management Unit, Smart Cities Mission in Tamil Nadu.

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S. Gopikrishna Warrier - Independent Environment Journalist, Consultant and Trainer Prithvi Mahadevan, Architect

He writes on environment in the India Climate Dialogue, Nature India, Frontline magazine, The News Minute, India Legal, the Times of India, the Hindu and the Hindu Business Line newspaper.

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Prithvi Mahadevan - Architect

Prithvi Mahadevan is a young architect from Chennai with an increasing love for ecology and the social aspects of society.

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Jayshree Vencatesan - Ecologist (wetlands, urban ecology), Managing Trustee Care Earth Trust

Jayshree Vencatesan is a researcher with over two and half decades of work experience in using science for advocacy and action.

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Ranee Vedamuthu - Prof. of Architecture and Chairperson Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Anna University

She also is an Executive Committee Member of Council of Architecture

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Rama Narayanan - Civil engineer, Environmentalist Foundation of India

Rama Narayanan was Program coordinator with 2 years of experience in the field of water conservation and lake restoration engineering

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Ridhima Gupta - Programme Officer at Centre for Science & Environment

Ridhima Gupta is currently working as “Programme Officer” at Centre for Science and Environment.

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Shilesh Hariharan - Architect

Partner at Madras Terrace Architects, Chennai (www.MadrasTerrace.com). He is also an Assistant professor at MEASI Academy of Architecture, Chennai since July 2011.

Introduction

Management of Water Resources is a challenge all over the world. Some communities are however coming up with holistic approaches to face their water problems. We wanted to swap stories from Chennai and learn from some projects happening in Germany and the Netherlands. The Visitors Programme was created to do just this.

Visitors Programme 2016
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Have you heard of moving whole buildings to make way for a river? That is exactly what a city in the Netherlands has done. Room For The River is an inspiring story that touches many lives.

How do you save a river with the arts? Surely one can’t sing to a river to rejuvenate it? Even though the story of the Emscherkunst is not as surreal, it is a powerful one. An art festival that rallies people and highlights the plight of a waterbody.

These were some of the many innovative projects that a multidisciplinary group of professionals from various backgrounds visited during the Visitors Programme 2016.

Participant's Profiles
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Arun Krishnamurthy - Founder of Krish Info Media (KIM)

Arun Krishnamurthy is a Chennai-based environmental activist. He is founder of Krish Info Media (KIM), a company focusing on communications and research as well as of the Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI)

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Durganand Balsavar - Founder architect of Artes – Human Settlements Development Collaborative

Durganand Balsavar is the founder architect of Artes – As architect and urban planner he works on sustainable designs for urban landscapes, rural development and housing in disaster mitigation

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Dr. Indumathi Nambi - Head of the Environment and Water Resources Division at Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras

Before joining IITM, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign from 2000 to 2003

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Dr. Madhavi Ganesan - Associate professor at the Centre for Water Resources at Anna-University

Being in the field of water resources for over 25 years, she can look back on a successful academic carrier.

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Nityanand Jayaraman - Chennai-based researcher and writer

Nityanand Jayaraman is a Chennai-based researcher and writer specialized in investigating and reporting on environment and human rights track record of corporations, on issues relating to industrialization.

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Parvathi Nayar – Visual Artist

Parvathi Nayar is a contemporary visual artist who has set up her studio in Chennai, after living, painting and working in cities such as Singapore, London and Jakarta.

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Ravi Agarwal - Artist, Environmental Activist, Writer and Curator

He has pursued an art practice integrally with his other pursuits. He is the founder of the well-known Indian NGO Toxics Link and has been internationally awarded for his work.

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Dr. V. Suresh - Human Rights Lawyer

Dr. V. Suresh is a human rights lawyer who has over 3 decades experience in criminal law, consumer law, human rights law, PILs, constitutional and environmental law cases.

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Sofia Ashraf - Burqa Rapper, Activist, Rebel

Sofia Ashraf considers herself simply a Content Creator. At the age of 22 she gave up her traditional Islamic beliefs and set out to discover her own set of ideals.

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C.S. Raghuram - Director at CRN Archtects

A multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering consultancy company with an extensive portfolio of diverse projects that focus on sustainability.

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Dr. S. Vishwanathan - Environment Specialist at Chennai Rivers Restoration Trust (CRRT)

Dr. S. Vishwanathan is an Environment Specialist at Chennai Rivers Restoration Trust (CRRT), a governmental institution of Tamil Nadu.

+ 2017
Visitors Programme 2017

We are pleased to present the second edition of the Visitors Programme. The program aims at a stimulating exchange between German and Indian experts working with water.

The visit to relevant and innovative projects in Germany and the Netherlands led to many reflections, group discussions and initiated new thoughts and approaches, while bringing experience, perceptions and inspiration back to Chennai from their visit in the context of urban water and ecological development.

The visit chiefly highlighted the ecological, cultural and social backgrounds of the water situations in big cities rather than the mere technical expertise. It was designed to focus on aspects such as urban river restoration, urban water management, democratic water governance, participatory change processes, and role of art and awareness programs, forging new relations between humans, institutions and nature.

The group got to discover first hand the merits of collective decision making. The “Berliner Wasserrat” (Berlin Water Assembly) is established as an open forum for everyone who wishes to become involved in the planning and implementation of this new Berliner Wasserbetriebe under the citizens’ control.

Participant's Profiles
null

Arul Narayanasamy - Ecologist and site manager

Arul Narayanasamy is an active administrator involved in landscaping, planning and implementation of ecological restoration having strong technical and field experiences in both ecological planning and implementation.

null

Balaji Narasimhan - Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Water Management, IIT Madras

Balaji Narasimhan has over 15 years of experience in the use of GIS and remote sensing tools for hydrologic model development.

null

B. Rathinasabapathy - Ecologist

B. Rathinasabapathy is currently working as an Ecologist at the Pitchandikulam Forest Consultants (PFC) for the maintenance project at the Adyar Eco Park, Chennai.

null

Biju Kuriakose - Architect, urban designer/planner, co-founder architecture RED

Having studied architecture in Mumbai, Biju received his Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urban design from Pratt Institute, New York.

null

Daniel Robinson - Transport Expert

He is currently collaborating with State Mission Management Unit, Smart Cities Mission in Tamil Nadu.

null

S. Gopikrishna Warrier - Independent Environment Journalist, Consultant and Trainer Prithvi Mahadevan, Architect

He writes on environment in the India Climate Dialogue, Nature India, Frontline magazine, The News Minute, India Legal, the Times of India, the Hindu and the Hindu Business Line newspaper.

null

Prithvi Mahadevan - Architect

Prithvi Mahadevan is a young architect from Chennai with an increasing love for ecology and the social aspects of society.

null

Jayshree Vencatesan - Ecologist (wetlands, urban ecology), Managing Trustee Care Earth Trust

Jayshree Vencatesan is a researcher with over two and half decades of work experience in using science for advocacy and action.

null

Ranee Vedamuthu - Prof. of Architecture and Chairperson Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Anna University

She also is an Executive Committee Member of Council of Architecture

null

Rama Narayanan - Civil engineer, Environmentalist Foundation of India

Rama Narayanan was Program coordinator with 2 years of experience in the field of water conservation and lake restoration engineering

null

Ridhima Gupta - Programme Officer at Centre for Science & Environment

Ridhima Gupta is currently working as “Programme Officer” at Centre for Science and Environment.

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Shilesh Hariharan - Architect

Partner at Madras Terrace Architects, Chennai (www.MadrasTerrace.com). He is also an Assistant professor at MEASI Academy of Architecture, Chennai since July 2011.

+ 2016
Introduction

Management of Water Resources is a challenge all over the world. Some communities are however coming up with holistic approaches to face their water problems. We wanted to swap stories from Chennai and learn from some projects happening in Germany and the Netherlands. The Visitors Programme was created to do just this.

Visitors Programme 2016
Image 2016 TN

Have you heard of moving whole buildings to make way for a river? That is exactly what a city in the Netherlands has done. Room For The River is an inspiring story that touches many lives.

How do you save a river with the arts? Surely one can’t sing to a river to rejuvenate it? Even though the story of the Emscherkunst is not as surreal, it is a powerful one. An art festival that rallies people and highlights the plight of a waterbody.

These were some of the many innovative projects that a multidisciplinary group of professionals from various backgrounds visited during the Visitors Programme 2016.

Participant's Profiles
null

Arun Krishnamurthy - Founder of Krish Info Media (KIM)

Arun Krishnamurthy is a Chennai-based environmental activist. He is founder of Krish Info Media (KIM), a company focusing on communications and research as well as of the Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI)

null

Durganand Balsavar - Founder architect of Artes – Human Settlements Development Collaborative

Durganand Balsavar is the founder architect of Artes – As architect and urban planner he works on sustainable designs for urban landscapes, rural development and housing in disaster mitigation

null

Dr. Indumathi Nambi - Head of the Environment and Water Resources Division at Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras

Before joining IITM, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign from 2000 to 2003

null

Dr. Madhavi Ganesan - Associate professor at the Centre for Water Resources at Anna-University

Being in the field of water resources for over 25 years, she can look back on a successful academic carrier.

null

Nityanand Jayaraman - Chennai-based researcher and writer

Nityanand Jayaraman is a Chennai-based researcher and writer specialized in investigating and reporting on environment and human rights track record of corporations, on issues relating to industrialization.

null

Parvathi Nayar – Visual Artist

Parvathi Nayar is a contemporary visual artist who has set up her studio in Chennai, after living, painting and working in cities such as Singapore, London and Jakarta.

null

Ravi Agarwal - Artist, Environmental Activist, Writer and Curator

He has pursued an art practice integrally with his other pursuits. He is the founder of the well-known Indian NGO Toxics Link and has been internationally awarded for his work.

null

Dr. V. Suresh - Human Rights Lawyer

Dr. V. Suresh is a human rights lawyer who has over 3 decades experience in criminal law, consumer law, human rights law, PILs, constitutional and environmental law cases.

null

Sofia Ashraf - Burqa Rapper, Activist, Rebel

Sofia Ashraf considers herself simply a Content Creator. At the age of 22 she gave up her traditional Islamic beliefs and set out to discover her own set of ideals.

null

C.S. Raghuram - Director at CRN Archtects

A multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering consultancy company with an extensive portfolio of diverse projects that focus on sustainability.

null

Dr. S. Vishwanathan - Environment Specialist at Chennai Rivers Restoration Trust (CRRT)

Dr. S. Vishwanathan is an Environment Specialist at Chennai Rivers Restoration Trust (CRRT), a governmental institution of Tamil Nadu.