// According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is the fifth leading cause of death in India, resulting in about 620,000 premature deaths. Yet, until very recently, this has been a crisis under wraps. While deteriorating urban air quality is a cause for the rising health ailments, it is also a symptom of a larger failure of management and planning of urban systems in cities; a by-product of the way city design incentivizes or disincentivizes choices of urban living based in values such as convenience, safety, economy etc. The need of the hour is not just for technological fixes but the development of comprehensive approaches.//
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WHAT WE DO
As urban planners, here we are involved with policy makers, health experts, atmospheric scientists, data scientists, NGOs etc. to come together and provide a more holistic perspective to the issue and deliver strategic solutions that improve air quality for all.
Our primary engagement with the issue has consisted of the following:
Understanding relationship of city design, land use patterns and urban form to air quality in an area.
Conceiving a methodology of how to locate air quality sensors and density of coverage required, based on environmental variables that influence air quality at a local level.
Nature and types of data required to understand experience of air pollution as both a symptom and a cause. Further, also identifying usability/application of the data for different stakeholders and their participation in the same.
Primary surveys to assess perception of people, behavioral trends, health impact and economic burden.