People Building Better Cities

A 2013 Traveling Exhibition
October 8-22, 2013

People Building Better Cities an  Exhibition on Participation and Inclusive Urbanization is traveling to ten countries to exchange knowledge, build networks and promote dialogue between communities, urban professionals, universities, non-governmental organizations and policy makers on the challenges of inclusive urbanization and climate change.
this Exhibition will be in Chennai this October

School of Architecture & Planning,
Sardar Patel Road, Anna University, Chennai 600025

Monday to Saturday: 10:00 – 19:00; Sundays: 10:00 – 14:00

To download the complete program, click PBBC Chennai – Program 

For more details refer



Workshop at Auroville 5-7 September 2013

We invite policy makers, municipal authorities, architects and landscapers,
project developers, urban planners and engineers who have an interest in planning,
designing and building eco-productive habitats. This is a limited-capacity event that
asks for active participation of all attendants. Several Auroville experts will join the
workshops to stimulate discussion about experiences at Auroville.

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School of Architecture and Planning

in association with
INTACH (Indian National Trust For Art and Cultural Heritage) Chennai &
CAF (Chennai Architecture Foundation)
Invites you to the screening of the documentary film

by Sunanda Bhat

5.45pm on Tuesday April 16th, 2013
School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University
Sardar patel Road, Guindy, Chennai – 600 025

POST – December 31 2012

POST – September 05 2012

Romi Khosla on ‘FUTURE CITIES’

Date – 7th SEPTEMBER
Time – 7 – 9pm
Venue –  Chennai Trade Center, Chennai

RSVP Maria Lobo – 022 40947100

POST – August 22 2012

Madras Day celebration on 24th August by SAP

Theme – Sustaining the spirit of Chennai
Date – 24th August
Time – 2pm – 5pm
Venue –  College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University Chennai

Chennai – A city imbued with unique spirit of harmonious co-existence of continuity and change, planned and organic, simplicity and plurality, modernity and tradition! This spirit is sustaining and at the same time needs continuous, conscious efforts at sustaining it. “Sustaining the spirit of Chennai” is thus the theme for this edition of the annual madras Day celebrations of the Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning,  Anna University, Chennai.


2.00pm  Inauguration and prize Distribution

2.30pm  Panel discussion on the theme

4.00pm  On the spot competition

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POST – August 13 2012

‘Micro Ideas Macro Change’ – Design Competition.

The Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning Campus, Anna University, Chennai is celebrating ‘MADRAS DAY 2012’ on the theme ‘SUSTAINING THE SPIRIT OF CHENNAI’.  In connection with the same they are organizing  ‘Micro Ideas Macro Change’Design Competition. The competition is open to architectural firms and students in Tamil Nadu, with prizes in each category. The details are given in the competition brief enclosed herewith in pdf format.  I request you to take part in the above mentioned competitions. The entries will be displayed in the exhibition to be inaugurated on 24th August 2012. The exhibition will be kept open for public till 25th August 2012.

For any queries kindly contact the convener of MADRAS DAY 2012 celebrations,
Dr. K.R. Sitalakshmi, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Chennai – 600 025,
Phone : 22359303, 9884440722.  E-mail id:

Download Competition Brief

POST -April 18 2012


Further to the continued efforts of Chennai City Connect, especially Raj Cherubal and Balchand, and a few of our CAF member architects there is quite a bit of activity related to Works in the Public Realm in our city.
You might have seen in the newspapers that there have been various initiatives towards improving the Urban infrastructure at different levels.  Along with Chennai City Connect some of us have been interacting with the Chennai Corporation and the response has been very positive and interactive.  The Mayor himself attends our meetings and is very keen that the improvements suggested need to be implemented post-haste.

Kavitha (CRN), Mahesh (MOAD), Shreya (ITDP), Tahaer Zoyab (TripleO Studio), Niels and Tamizharima (Mancini), Siddarth, me and team  (KSM), Venilla, Ajay Sethi (PSP Designs), Anoop Menon, Shrinath are some of us getting actively involved in Street edge sections and side walk designs, signage and standard details, spaces under flyovers, road junctions, pedestrian friendly access, public spaces, bicycle lanes and landscape are some of the areas that we have been addressing over the last few weeks.  Kavitha, Tahaer and Raj Cherubal have also conducted workshops with the Corporation engineers explaining various standard details.  They have also been working on-site with the Corporation Engineers on the sidewalks of Chamiers and Turnbulls roads.

This post is essentially a call to all those in CAF – Architects , Urban Designers, Landscape Architects and students who are interested in investing your time and energy towards this initiative in helping the Chennai Corporation in improving the infrastructure.  Time is of essence and Corporation is very keen in executing the improvements immediately. 

Please reply to this Post to the CAF site and we will take it from there. 
Raj Cherubal – 
Kavitha Selvaraj – 
Sriram Ganapathi – 
 Let us all work towards making Chennai more livable and convenient !!

Cheers !!

POST -February 02 2012

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POST -January 03 2012

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