Chennai: Indian Institute of Technology Madras in collaboration with the University of British Columbia, Yale-NUS and Cambridge University organised the Collaborative for Urban Resilience and Effectiveness (CURE), Chennai Urban Resilience Program 2019 from July 1 to 19 in Chennai.
This first of the kind programme saw 26 students from the four esteemed institutions come together to work on projects related to urban resilience, water and green infrastructure of Chennai. A workshop has also been planned on the same.
The program will also see students and faculty from the four participating institutions partner with local city officials and representatives from organisations such as The Rain Centre (Akash Ganga) to help address the current challenges faced by the city and find sustainable solutions.
The participating students had to undergo extensive training for their three weeks of fieldwork in Chennai. The students completed a six-week online course on urban resilience guided by faculty from the four institutions. The online course also featured guest speakers from organisations and city governments around the world, such as 100 Resilient Cities – Africa, and the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department.