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The 21st Century City needs to RISE above the negative impacts of urbanisation on City Life and there is enough research, expertise and intention available now more than ever, that can help the world create more liveable environments. Today, across the world, there are many individuals, groups and governments who are striving to positively change the future of the city and aiming to achieve the ideals of Resilience, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equity in cities.

With the Conscious Cities Festival 2021, Conscious Gurugram wants to use the opportunity to have a conversation with some of the changemakers who are taking the lead for Gurugram. Through the session, let us take inspiration from these experts and discover the nature of their work, the impact that they have been able to create, the challenges that they have had to face, and most importantly, understand the process that they have been through.

Conscious Conversations: Agents of Change in the City

Manisha Balani is an Urban Designer, Architect, and the founder of Shaping Urban Futures, an agency for positive urban change. Manisha works in the realm of cities with a focus on its public spaces and the built environment. It is her constant endeavor to bring sustainable practices and people-centric approach into the design and delivery of all projects that she engages in through her practice.

Her areas of interest lie at the intersection of health and wellbeing of people living in cities, places that spark joy and provide opportunities for play, and lastly, and most importantly, cities that are inclusive and designed for all. Manisha strongly believes that cities have the potential of nurturing the everyday lives of its people and aims to harness that potential through a conscious design approach.

In her pursuit to bridge the gap between education and practice, Manisha also is a Visiting Faculty in the M.Arch. (Urban Design) program at Sushant University, Gurugram, India.

As a Chapter Lead with the CCD for Conscious Gurugram, Manisha explores life in the city and the multiple ways in which the city can become more liveable through a multi-disciplinary lens and uses the platform to advocate and promote dialogue on people and practices that are bringing about change.

The 21st Century City needs to RISE above the negative impacts of urbanisation on City Life and there is enough research, expertise and intention available now more than ever, that can help the world create more liveable environments. Today, across the world, there are many individuals, groups and governments who are striving to positively change the future of the city and aiming to achieve the ideals of Resilience, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equity in cities.

With the Conscious Cities Festival 2021, Conscious Gurugram wants to use the opportunity to have a conversation with some of the changemakers who are taking the lead for Gurugram. Through the session, let us take inspiration from these experts and discover the nature of their work, the impact that they have been able to create, the challenges that they have had to face, and most importantly, understand the process that they have been through.