MOHAN S RAO

MOHAN S RAO
Mohan S Rao, an Environmental Design & Landscape Architecture professional, is the principal designer at Integrated Design (INDÉ), a 20-year old multi-disciplinary practice based in Bangalore. He is involved in research and design programs in the sub-continent, as well as across Asia, Africa and Europe. He is Senior Advisor to the Indian Institute of Human Settlements, Country Director for the Ecological Sequestration Trust and is the Managing Trustee for Sattva, a non-profit organization.
Mohan is actively involved in a wide range of scales in several geo-climatic regions that include Regional Planning, Heritage Interpretation, Disaster reconstruction, Master planning, etc., amongst others. He is the recipient of several national and international awards instituted by professional and peer groups in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design. He has conceptualized and anchored several research initiatives addressing biodiversity and ecosystem services, climate change impact and passive design; and energy renewal and conservation methodologies. In all scales of work undertaken, his thrust area lies in Environmental Design - largely focused on sustainable systems, low impact development & green infrastructure.
About the Talk Ecological Urbanism The talk investigates the role of water in human settlements and attendant ecosystem services. It explores the idea of water as the primary structuring element, governing urban spatial relationships and the prime driver of urban ecosystems in our climate. The discussion will examine critical learning from traditional knowledge systems and strategies for incorporating such learning in contemporary urban processes.