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School of Planning and Architecture (SPAV), Vijivada

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The School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada (SPAV) sees a need for the disciplines of Planning and Architecture to be more inclusive and sustainable in a scenario of rapidly globalizing economy, growing inequality and deteriorating environment. For its students are sensitized and exposed to wide range of issues spanning different disciplines. Accordingly SPAV strives to create a sound academic environment by:

  • Engaging multi-disciplinary faculty members who train the students to think and act critically.
  • By international collaboration with other universities.
  • Foster a research and writing environment by forming reading & writing groups and through a wide range of publications

SPAV was established on July 7, 2008 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, as an autonomous national institution. The first batch of students was admitted in the academic year 2008 – 09. Currently, the school offers two under graduate programs – Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Planning. There are plans to offer other Under-graduate, Post-graduate and Doctoral programs in architectural and planning specialisations.

The SPAV is constantly engaged in fostering research of a higher order through creating a cadre of high-calibre faculty members. The SPAV also envisions in being a socially responsible institution providing research, consultancy and feedback to the government for physical development of human settlements that would positively impact upon the economic growth of the country.

The SPAV has two departments, namely the Department of Architecture and the Department of Planning. Each started one undergraduate programme for the academic year 2008 – 09.

Subject Objective:

To explore urban design as a component of planning and design of traditional

and new towns.








Name of Course: Urban Renewal and Re-Development (BPLN405),

Programme & Sem:


Bachelor of Planning (UG), Semester

Course Duration:


Dec 21, 2018 to April 22, 2019

Course Coordinator:

Dr. S. Ramesh, Professor., Dept. of Planning (week 13, 14, 15 & 17 were handled by Srinivas Daketi, Nagaraju Kaja





Number of Credits:


Total Periods/Week:


Internal Assessment

50 (minimum pass marks 50%)

End Evaluation


50 (minimum pass marks 50%) Written Exam

Total Marks


100 (to be converted to CGPA credit pattern as per regulations)

The course is included as a part of unit in the existing subject known as Urban and Regional Governance offered to M. Plan degree course with specialization in Urban and Regional Planning. The content of the course deals with primarily the government and governance system especially the local government and its role in providing social and physical infrastructure facilities for the households of the informal settlement. It also ensures the learning of the local govt system by doing practical field base study and close interaction with the households in the informal settlement. The provision of social and physical infrastructure facilities as creation of spatial access to livelihood needs can reduce the poverty condition of the households in the informal settlements.

The course came as a module in the existing subject called “Theory of Environmental Planning and Design” in M.Planning (with specialisation in Environmental Planning) degree course. The subject is predominantly dealing with the understanding of environmental problems and theories to assess and analyse the same. While understanding of environmental problems is well established in theory there is a wide scope of new findings and learnings infused with hands-in-training when it comes to understanding urban environmental problems of the South, particularly in the informal settlements.

The course will focus on

Reinvigorating Urban Pockets through its Housing Precincts …......A Case of Vijayawada

To equip the students with housing issues like housing need, shortage, affordability, Housing finance, socio-economic challenges and other complexities and arrive at solutions that can be accepted in today’s market scenario.

Course Objective/s 

  • To expose the students to the complexities of providing shelter for people from different socio-economic background in close proximity to each other, in urban areas.
  • To sensitize the students about land scarcity and expose them to different typologies of high-density housing.
  • To expose the students to the challenges of bigger scale site planning involving a group of buildings.
  • To enable the students, apply theoretical knowledge learnt in previous semesters in architectural design exercise.