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February 09 , 2010

Space for Shopping

Planning & Design for Trade & Commerce


Space for Shopping - Planning and Design for Trade and Commerce
by A.K. Jain

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The Indian megacities like Delhi are de-facto pivots of India's economic growth and globalization. With the entry of the multinationals, improved communications, increased per capita income and purchasing power, the Indian economy is slated for a runaway quantum jump. Trade and commerce is going to be fulcrum of the future, which has implications on the physical, social and economic structure of the cities. This needs a rethinking about the conventional spatial structure of the cities, where commercial areas should be the hub. The spatial base has to be widened and new systems of zoning and land use have to be worked out, which are dynamic and flexible, and are responsive to the emerging needs.

This book deals with these issues in a holistic manner. It provides a planning and design framework for trade and commerce, offices, hotels, shopping malls, etc., together with a new paradigm for the marginalized street vendors. The studies to 'actual ground' situation provide a practical guide for all those involved with the livelihoods and lifestyles, in terms of planning for business, trade and commerce.

About The Author

A. K. Jain, an architect and town planner, is a member of the advisory board of UN-Habitat. He is a Fellow of the Eastern Asia Region Organisation for Planning and Housing (EAROPH), International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISoCaRP), Indian Institute of Architects, Institute of Town Planners and the Indian Buildings Congress. He studied at Delhi School of Planning and Architecture, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam and University of Birmingham. He is on Editorial Board of the International Journal of Environmental Studies (UK). As Commissioner Planning, Delhi Development Authority, he worked on the Master Plan for Delhi 2021, besides other planning and infrastructure projects. Mr. Jain is a visiting faculty at Delhi School of Planning and Architecture and has authored several papers and books including Urban Housing and Slums and Urban Land Policy and Public-Private Partnerships.

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