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dc.contributor.authorAya, Marisha
dc.description.abstractRESEARCH QUESTION: How can water infrastructure be developed to create a place of significance and progress in an Urban Indian context? ABSTRACT: The need to protect any country’s freshwater resources is becoming increasingly crucial against the backdrop of global water shortages. However, India poses an interesting challenge with the cultural importance it gives to water, assigning water a status such that it becomes far more than a mere amenity. Due to rapid urbanization, large-scale human migration into India’s urban centres has created a need to re-assess how cities’ infrastructural networks will grow to provide for basic amenities such as water, sanitation services and waste treatment, all of which are essential for an urban population. Not only do poor sanitation services and inadequate water supply impose a disproportionate financial and public health burden on the most marginalized sectors of the urban populations, but the current water provision model employed in most urban centres across India deals with water in a highly unsustainable manner, both environmentally by allowing water pollution, and socially through the physical absence of water in the public realm of the city fabric. It is important to rethink how the integration of infrastructural technology might be introduced into the public environment. Not only should solutions facilitate the water needs of the population within which they sit, but they should promote understanding of the challenges of supplying water. This can be done by providing a platform for engagement between man and water – highlighting the social, political and cultural potential of water. This engagement could lead to greater awareness of systems involved across all three realms and could bring to the forefront one’s own personal impact on water supply. This research project aims to contribute to a constructive dialogue of how India might employ water infrastructure strategies in its urban centers, given current day problems such as rapidly growing urban populations, depleting ground water levels and insufficient water treatment and distribution networks – all set against a backdrop of cultural significance and political tension.en_NZ
dc.subjectwater infrastructureen_NZ
dc.subjectwater supplyen_NZ
dc.subjectwater treatmenten_NZ
dc.subjectpublic infrastructureen_NZ
dc.subjecturban centresen_NZ
dc.titleUrban Bhishti : Infrastructure for the sacreden_NZ
dc.typeMasters Thesisen_NZ of Architecture (Professional)en_NZ Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden1205 Urban and Regional Planningen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationAya, M. (2017). Urban Bhishti : Infrastructure for the sacred. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.placeAuckland, New Zealand
unitec.advisor.principalKaza, Krystina

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