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Introduction

levels. It has affected the political equations within a country, market demography, development challenges within the urban areas such as environmental issues, resource use, and governance, and brought in a new symbol to domestic architecture and planning. Under the MoU signed between School of Planning and Architecture (SPA)- University of Cologne, Germany, during 2009, it was envisaged to organize a series of seminars/Conferences and workshops on the themes that are relevant to Urban and Regional Development and Planning in India and Cologne.

As a first step, SPA along with University of Cologne is organising the first workshop in Delhi from 1st to 9thNovember, 2009. This workshop involves exchange of experts from India and domestic experts with that of experts from University of Cologne along with alumnies of Germany, SPA’s faculty members, and other international organisations engaged in development initiatives in India, to deliberate various facets of globalization and come out with workable solutions for the constraints faced by India to tackle these issues. This is also an opportunity to show case some of the best practices in Urban Development within in National Capital Region such as Delhi Metro, Greater NOIDA, Gurgaon, Dwarka, etc. to our distinguished participants from across the globe.

Chr: Cologne is organising the first workshop in Delhi from 1st to 7thNovember, 2009. This workshop intends to give a platform for an exchange of Indian and German experts to discuss and analyse the constraints and challenges of the highly dynamic and rapidly growing Indian cities. Alumni and Non-Alumni from German universities, researchers of Cologne University and the School of Architecture in Delhi, as well as experts from other universities and non academic institutions like city planning, development programmes, and various non governmental organisations will exchange perspectives and expertise to come out with new ideas and workable solutions. The seminar will give the chance to show case best practices in Urban Development and the multidisciplinary presentations will be supplemented by common on site visits and excursions.