The EnteKochi Competition jury members are meeting virtually for the jury discussion sessions in early September 2020 to finalise the shortlisted entries and deliberate over three voting rounds that will decide the winning entries and their ranking. More details will be published on the website after the official completion of the jury process.
K T Ravindran
Elected as Head of the Jury (Chair)
K.T. Ravindran is an Urban Designer who is the Chairman of the Architectural Heritage Advisory Committee of INTACH, is also a Trustee of the Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation and was Member of the Advisory Board for the United Nations Capital Master Plan, New York. Previously, he was also Dean and Senior Academic Advisor at the RICS School of Built Environment, Member of the International Jury for the A.P. Capital Complex and subsequently Member of the Expert Committee for Balanced Regional Growth of AP State including the Capital. He was formerly Vice Chairman of the Environmental Impact Assessment Committee, Government of India. His most recent work was the preparation of Resilient Urban Design Framework for Low Income State Housing in Tamil Nadu.
He has taught Urban Design for three decades at SPA Delhi and was the Founding President of the Institute of Urban Designers India, Member Governing Council of NID, Vijayawada, Member National Advisory Committee on HRIDAY cities, Mentor for the Smart City Mission on Public Open spaces, and he was also the former Chairman of the Delhi Urban Art Commission. He has travelled extensively across the world and his practice includes design of green-field cities, cultural buildings, memorials, adaptive reuse and urban conservation. His works and research are published in journals and books internationally. He has consistently pursued sustainable architecture and urban design, championing the cause in multiple international forums and academia.
George is a Financial and Development journalist who was the former reporter of Capital Market Magazine, Cochin. He has twenty-six years of experience in print, television and online journalism, and is an experienced media person with a vision of urban and rural development problems and a focus on proper practical solutions.
He was also Chief Associate Producer of the project named ‘Visual Problem Appraisal Kerala coast’ consisting of 25 films. This VPA set was designed as a training tool for capacity building in the context of integrated coastal zone Management in 2003. The main producers of this film were Van Hall Larenstein University, The Netherlands, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands and Cochin University, India.
He has also been the producer of many environmental conservation documentaries for different governmental agencies. George is also a resident of the Mullassery Canal precinct.
Dr. Gladis was an Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology and Centre for Research, St. Teresa's College, Ernakulam which is located along the Mullassery Canal. Her areas of interests are Women and Society, Development, Kerala Society, Social Work, Urban development, Sociological Analysis & Research. She was awarded the prestigious Bharat Shiksha Ratan Award for Educational Excellence by Society for Health and Educational Growth, New Delhi; Lifetime Educational Excellence Award with the medal for Educational Excellence by Economic and Social Development Foundation, New Delhi; The Best Citizens of India Award, The International Publishing House, New Delhi; Certificate of excellence, Faculty Branding Awards 2013 by research and branding company, Kolkata; and Adarsh Vidya Saraswati Rashtriya Puraskar (national Award of Excellence 2020) awarded by Global Management Council, Glacier Journal Research Foundation, Ahmedabad.
She has conducted research studies and published papers such as “Survival strategies of Slum Dwellers in Kerala”, “A Sociological study of the problems of female nurses with special reference to Government Hospitals in Kochi”.” Women Empowerment through Self Help Group” and “Domestic workers in Kerala – Sociological analysis of problems and issues”. She has also conducted several national and international seminars on topics of health, development, women safety and empowerment.
Ms. Anne Fenk
Anne Katrin Fenk is an architect and urban researcher who has worked as assistant professor and senior researcher on a wide variety of cultural areas at different Universities. She has worked at the ETH Zürich MA Urban Design, Habitat Unit TU Berlin und MA Raumstrategien KHB. She is also one of the two co-founders of MOD Institute Bangalore/Berlin, established in the year 2010. She is highly experienced in international research projects on urban design and urban development, especially in Asia and partly Africa. She curated several exhibitions and co-authored books like: Talking Cities-urban narratives from Dar es Salaam and Berlin, Things don’t really exist until you give them a name- unpacking urban heritage as well as OK – Otto Koenigsberger Architecture and Urban Visions in India.
Dr. Shilpa Phadke
Shilpa Phadke is an Associate Professor at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Her research work in the past two decades has focused significantly on the politics of urban spaces focusing on questions of access, gender and marginality. Her co-authored book Why Loiter? Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets published in 2011 has contributed to transforming the feminist lexicon in relation to public space introducing the idea of loitering as an act of claiming citizenship not just for women but other marginal citizens. She has been writing more recently about the right to fun as a feminist strategy. She is also co-director of the documentary film, Under the Open Sky (2016). She has published widely both academically and in popular media.
Sectoral Expert (National)
Dr. Mohanasundar Radhakrishnan
Mohan is an independent climate adaptation consultant specialised in urban flood resilience. He is a Civil Engineer with an MSc. degree in Municipal Water and Infrastructure and a Ph.D. that focuses on climate adaptation of urban areas to increase their resilience towards flooding. He was also a Project Advisor for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and contributed towards the preparation of City sanitation Plans and planning of a waste to energy project in Nashik, India. He has also served as a Water and sanitation specialist with Mediciens Sans Frontier (MSF) in Laos and with the Red Cross in North Korea as a water and habitation expert.
Sectoral Expert (International/National)
Dr. Shalini Sinha
Shalini is a transport and urban planner working as Associate Professor with CEPT University, Ahmedabad. She has close to 20 years of work experience in the transport and urban sector in India and the United Kingdom. She completed her Masters in Transport Planning and Engineering from the University of Leeds, U.K. and holds a PhD from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. She has worked extensively on strategic transport planning & policy, integrated land use transport strategies and multi-modal integration. Her areas of expertise include transport system analysis, demand assessments, travel behaviour analysis and planning and designing of public transport operations.
Sectoral Expert (National)
Dr. Rajan Chedambath
Organiser’s representative (Local)
Dr. Rajan has been the Director of the Centre for Heritage, Environment and Development (c-hed) for the last eighteen years. He has worked for 24 years in the realm of Heritage, Environmental conservation and Urban Development and also in several international and academic settings. He has held several important positions like Programme Director of Bhodhigramme, Nodal Officer & Program Director of Centre for Heritage Studies, under the Department of Culture, Government of Kerala. He has also been actively involved in many research works focused on the conservation of the heritage areas of Kochi along with its development. As the Director of c-hed, Dr. Rajan is actively engaged in the City Development Plan and other heritage and environmental conservation projects in Kochi.
About the organisation:
c-hed is an autonomous organization functioning as the Research and Development wing of the Kochi Municipal Corporation (KMC) in the fields of Urban Development, Governance, Environment, Culture and Heritage. Sanctioned by the Government of Kerala and established in the year 2002 by the city administration, c-hed has been an integral part of the planning efforts and development aspirations of the city of Kochi. It is the chief co-ordination agency for conceiving and preparing various development projects for the city and also for mobilizing resources for the implementation of these development projects. The Mayor of Kochi is the Chairperson of c-hed and the Director is responsible for the steering of the organisation’s regular functions.
Mr. Georg Jahnsen
Organiser’s representative (International/National)
As an urban planner and practitioner, Mr Georg Jahnsen has been working for long years in the field of urban planning and human settlements. He did so in the areas of research and academia, as a private planner, as a government official for a city’s municipality in Germany and as a consultant in urban projects worldwide. Since 2016 Mr Jahnsen is working as GIZ’s project manager for urban projects in India. He is also the Project Manager of GIZ “Sustainable Urban Development - Smart Cities” project which is jointly organising the EnteKochi competition in cooperation with Kochi Municipal Corporation.
About the organisation and the SUD-SC project:
Sustainable Urban Development - Smart Cities (SUD-SC)
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India are jointly implementing the “Sustainable Urban Development - Smart Cities” (SUD-SC) project, as part of Indo-German Bilateral Cooperation. The objective of the project is to support different levels of governments in achieving sustainable development in the background of
India’s rapidly growing cities. This is to be achieved through the implementation of a holistic and integrated approach to urban planning in the selected smart cities of Kochi, Coimbatore and Bhubaneswar.