Religion, Heritage and the Sustainable City

Author: Yamini Narayanan
Publisher: Routledge

Religion, Heritage and the Sustainable City

The speed and scale of urbanisation in India is unprecedented almost anywhere in the world and has tremendous global implications. The religious influence on the urban experience has resonances for all aspects of urban sustainability in India and yet it remains a blind spot while articulating sustainable urban policy.

Religion, Heritage and the Sustainable City explores the historical and on-going influence of religion on urban planning, design, space utilisation, urban identities and communities.

It argues that the conceptual and empirical approaches to planning sustainable cities in India need to be developed out of analytical concepts that define local sense of place and identity. The book identifies the challenges and opportunities that ritualistic and belief resources pose for sustainability. It focuses on three key aspects: spatial segregation and ghettoisation; gender-inclusive urban development; and the nexus between religion, nature and urban development.

This cutting-edge book is one of the first case studies linking Hindu religion, heritage, urban development, women and the environment in a way that responds to the realities of Indian cities. It draws out insightful policy implications for the sustainable urban planning of many cities in India and elsewhere in South Asia and the developing world.


About the author

Dr Yamini Narayanan is a Discovery Early Career Research Award DECRA Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University, Australia.