ISET PLATFORM LECTURE

Published on: 2015-03-01

ISET-Nepal started a lecture series called "ISET Platform Lecture". The first lecture was delivered by Professor Sudarshan Raj Tiwari on 11th September 2014 at Hotel Radisson, Lazimpat. The participants were widely selected from different walks of life. The opening of the lecture was done by Dr. Tirtha B. Shrestha. Bhavin Dhungana sang the ISET Platform Lecture song. Mr. Yogeshwor Parajuli introduced professor Tiwari and finally Sukarma Band played Nepali folk and classical music.

Lecture summary
Cities are a main source of economic activity and productivity. Today, almost half of the world’s population lives in cities and this number is growing. In Asia alone, every day more than 100,000 people move to cities seeking a better life. It is estimated that within the next 15 years, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, most of them in Asia. To accommodate all of them, it is clear that citites will have to function within the means of environment and its resources. If cities are to be the foundation of human wellbeing, they must maintain clean air, clean water, and green land as the key ingredients of livability. In a rapidly urbanizing future, how can the ecology of a particular city be balanced with the socio-economic development of that city? The pathway to livable green cities should be charted on a shared vision that brings together the wisdom offered by both western and eastern system of knowledge.

 

About Professor Tiwari
Professor Tiwari studied architecture and earned Bachelor’s degree from School of Planning and Architecture, University of Delhi in 1973. He took his Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Hawaii, USA in 1977, specializing on housing in tropical countries. He received his PhD from Tribhuvan University for his dissertation on ancient settlements of the Kathmandu Valley in 1995. He served in the faculty of Tribhuvan University’s Institute of Engineering Department of Architecture for almost 40 years, and was Dean of the institute of Engineering between 1988 and 1992. Among his published work are: The Brick and the Bull: An account of Handigaun, the ancient capital of Nepal (2001) and Temples of Nepal Valley (2009).


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