Nexus represents the Sustainable Hyderabad Project at the Post-Oil-City - Symposium in Hyderabad

The current and future challenges of Hyderabad and other megacities were in the focus of a public symposium held at Vidyaranya High School in Hyderabad on August 12th of 2012. Tobias Kuttler represented nexus institute and the Sustainable Hyderabad Project at this event which featured several renowned international and local experts. The occasion for this symposium was the opening of two parallel exhibitions “Post Oil City: The History of the City’s Future” and “Cyberabad – Landscape of Surprise – Opportunities for India’s Emerging Urbanisms” currently visiting Hyderabad in the context of the Indo-German year, titled “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities”. The event was conducted by Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad in collaboration with Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa e.V.) and Anh-Linh Ngo of ARCH+.

The program covered diverse topics relating to urban planning, lifestyles and culture in the context of sustainable urban development. The future of urban mobility in megacities like Hyderabad was highlighted by several panelists. Tobias Kuttler presented the project “Walkable City Hyderabad” advocating for the development of a pedestrian-friendly environment in the city and thus contributing to sustainable urbanism. In this project nexus collaborates with several German and Indian partners like universities, cultural organizations, local NGOs and civic initiatives. Participation of citizens in issues regarding transportation planning is central to the project.

“By this means many of the goals formulated by the project partners have been accomplished. Walkability and sustainable transportation are on the political agenda of the city. Yet we need to work on implementing the solutions we jointly elaborated”, Tobias Kuttler concludes on the project`s impact to date.

In the discussions following the presentations these findings were more profoundly debated and suggestions for strategies towards implementation were made.

At the end of the day Amita Desai, head of Goethe Zentrum Hyderabad, draw a very positive conclusion on the symposium. The aim of the event - initiating a dialogue to stimulate a new type of urban planning – has been achieved, and even more than that.