Five publications help India’s Smart Cities to serve infants, toddlers and caregivers

Published April 23, 2019

We are pleased to make available a series of five publications that will help Smart Cities in India to create infant, toddler and caregiver (ITC)-friendly neighbourhoods. The publications result from a partnership between BvLF, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and the National Institute for Urban Affairs in India, along with BDP, one of Europe’s largest interdisciplinary design-led firms.

These five documents give city-level stakeholders – including urban local bodies, community-based organisations, professionals and caregivers – the tools they need to create holistic neighbourhoods where families can thrive. The series comprises:

Policy Framework

Lays out the overall rationale and objectives for ITCNs (infant, toddler and caregiver-friendly neighbourhoods). The vision is to create an ideal neighbourhood where infants, toddlers, and their caregivers feel safe, explore, play and engage with their built and natural environment, parents feel at ease that their children are safe outdoors, and communities are inclusive.

Design Guidelines

Provides guidance on how to implement ITCN features. Conceived as a supplement to other urban design guideline packages that already exist for the Indian context, these guidelines help assess what infants, toddlers and caregivers need from neighbourhoods, streets, parks, open spaces, social infrastructure and urban services.

Policy Workbook

Links the design guidelines to policy, providing an analysis of current spatial policy and identifying opportunities for change according to the needs of families. It helps city leaders to assess policy and institutional frameworks, involve stakeholders, and applying ITCN design guidelines effectively.

Evaluation & Monitoring Metrics

Provides guidance on metrics for evaluating progress toward ITCN objectives – the “what” to complement the “how” of the Design Guidelines. Includes a set of 65 baseline data indicators and a dashboard tool which enables comparisons across cities.

Best Practices Compendium

Gives visual examples of successful projects, globally and in India, that can be used for discussion both internally and with the public to create a shared vision.

Our partnership with the Ministry offers the opportunity to build the capacity of the 100 Smart Cities under the National Smart Cities Mission. Many aspects of the framework, guidelines can be tested in real-time in our Urban95 cities in India, Pune and Udaipur. There is potential for huge impact in the 100 Smart Cities themselves, and learnings for Urban95 globally.

Our Urban95 programme is based on the belief that when urban neighbourhoods work well for pregnant women, infants, toddlers and the people who care for them, they also tend to nurture strong communities and economic development. A city that works for young children ultimately works for all. To keep updated with Urban95, sign up for our newsletter.