Not only does India have three of the world's largest cities, it also has three of the fastest growing cities in the world. (To be clear, those are six disparate cities.) And while economic growth is rarely frowned upon, it can be disconcerting for the city's sustainability when it happens at such an intense pace, a new report states.
The AIA, in an effort to grow alongside India’s expanding economy, is conducting its first-ever trade mission in the country, connecting U.S. architectural firms with state and local government officials as well as potential clients in sectors including health care and transportation.
Backed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the AIA has sent representatives from some 20 firms overseas for a five-day networking trip beginning Monday, according to Lorri Crowley, a public affairs specialist with the department. While there, the architects will meet with public and private sector developers to discuss growing and updating the country’s infrastructure as part of a grant totaling $299,139, according to the Engineering News-Record.
“This trade mission aims to help build America’s competitiveness by raising the profile of U.S. innovative design in worldwide markets,” AIA first vice president Mickey Jacob, FAIA, said in a statement.
Jacob will be visiting Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore along with individuals from U.S. firms this week to discuss investment opportunities. India is particularly keen to develop its infrastructure, and the government planning commission has launched an effort to spend $1 trillion on the cause over the next five years. In addition to infrastructure, the trade mission is focusing on master planning, mixed-use development, healthcare, airports, and educational institutions.