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SUI-Srishti Collaborative



Sustainable Urbanism International (SUI) is a research and design initiative committed to the conservation of cultural heritage, and developing strategies for promoting culturally and environmentally sensitive strategies for urban development. SUI’s vision is of an equitable world and where all citizens engage with modernity positively on their own terms, and for their sustained benefit.



  • Culturally and environmentally sustainable architectural design.
  • Culturally and environmentally sustainable city planning.
  • Site Management plans for conservation and development of cultural heritage sites.
  • Architecture and Urban Design in heritage sensitive areas.
  • Lake and waterfront redevelopment.
  • Construction with local materials and technology including earth.
  • Design of alternative infrastructural systems.
  • Documentation, analysis, and grading of heritage structures.
  • Research on architectural and urban history.
  • Tourism development strategy and design.
  • Documentation and analysis of intangible heritage.

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Media coverage in Deccan Herald, Bangalore about the Transforming Waste to Public Space project, carried out under the SUI-Srishti Collaborative



Srishti Institute has been in partnership with SUI, led by Dr. Jyoti Hosagrahar since 2007. Since then, students and faculty members from various fields of art, design and technology at Srishti have been engaged on SUI projects, and worked in many different places. Thus, this alliance has emerged as a symbiotic relationship wherein the groundwork conducted by SUI has better informed students’ processes and the creative work from Srishti has added to the larger projects

Since 2014, this collaborative has been extended in many diverse directions, with the establishment and inclusion of UNESCO Chair in Culture, Habitat and Sustainable Development at Srishti. Furthermore, SUI will be actively supporting the academic and practice based pedagogy of the two postgraduate programs in heritage design and urban conservation.



  • 2007 – 2011: Cultural heritage, development and design projects in the Hoysala Heritage region, inclusive of fifteen historic cities in Karnataka established in the 11th and 13th centuries
  • 2010: Exploring Cultural Landscapes in Kutch, Gujarat for the nomination dossier
  • 2012: Visualizing and documenting cultural heritage at the Pratap Vilas Palace and now the Railway Staff College, Vadodara
  • 2010 – 2012: Kalagram Project to set up a community museum and centre for research on crafts in a heritage town in Karnataka
  • 2014: Conceptual study and proposal for establishing Hoysala Trust
  • 2013 – 2014: Transforming Waste to Public Space - intensive workshop on community, culture, and garbage, in order to design for sustainability under Bangalore’s Anand Rao flyover; in further collaboration with GSAPP, Columbia University, New York and BBMP, Bangalore
  • 2015: Amman Cultural Trails Workshop in Jordan; in further collaboration with GSAPP, Columbia University, New York
  • 2015: Conference on “Conserving Living Urban Heritage: Theoretical Considerations of Continuity and Change”; in further collaboration with ISC Theophil and ICOMOS India
  • 2015: Redesigning a typical handover experience for the urban buyers in the emerging real-estate markets, for the Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III); in further collaboration with UN Habitat
  • 2014 – 2016: UNESCO Global Report on Culture and Sustainable Urban Development in South Asia; in further collaboration with several institutional partners.


Students visiting the waste collection site for the Transforming Waste to Public Space project, carried out under the SUI-Srishti Collaborative

Student’s photo-documentation, night-shot of the Pratap Vilas Palace, for the SUI-Srishti Collaborative in Vadodara

Cover page of the report on the heritage of Hoyala region in Karnataka, authored by Dr. Jyoti Hosagrahar as the UNESCO chair holder and under the SUI-Srishti Collaborative