This Conference is a part of knowledge dissemination under the URGENT Project (Urban Resilience and Adaptation for India and Mongolia: curricula, capacity, ICT and stakeholder collaboration to support green & blue infrastructure and nature-based solutions). The URGENT Project is co-funded by ERASMUS+ and European Union. Involving 16 organisations and institutions from 5 different countries across Europe and Asia. The URGENT Project aims to contribute to the capacity building between academics and other stakeholders.

Floods, droughts, heatwaves, and other extreme conditions are immediate dangers to all species. The potential role of green and blue spaces to solve these difficulties and reduce their frequencies with Blue and Green Infrastructure (BGI) and Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) is gaining momentum. Unlike many constructed solutions, they offer the ability to address both climate mitigation and adaptation concerns at a minimal cost while also providing several additional advantages to people and the environment (Seddon et al., 2020). BGI and NBS supplement and, in some cases, completely replace the requirement for grey infrastructure by combining urban hydrological functions (blue infrastructure) with plant systems (green infrastructure). (Dreiseitl & Wanschura, 2016).

Institute of Architecture & Planning, Nirma University organized the first International Conference on ‘Future is Urban’: Liveability, Resilience & Resource conservation(ICFU’21) from December 16 to 18, 2021. This conference was enriched with the deliberations & august presence of leading Scholars, Academicians and Experts from across the globe in the field of Urban Planning, Urban Design & Architecture. 110 papers were presented in 27 thematic parallel sessions at ICFU ’21. With internationally acclaimed Keynote Speakers and eminent experts from academia as session chairs all sessions saw large participation from students, academia and professionals. With the stringent double-blind peer review process in place, Conference Proceedings are being published by Routledge Group.

Selected peer reviewed papers will be published in a Scopus or Web of Science indexed edited volume.


Shri K. K. Patel
Vice President, Nirma University

Dr. Anup K. Singh
Director General, Nirma University


Prof. Utpal Sharma
Director, Institute of Architecture and Planning, Nirma University

The second International Conference on Future is Urban 2022 (ICFU’22) aims to create a platform for scholars, academics, practitioners and other experts from the field of Urban Planning, Ecology, Infrastructure, Urban Design, Architecture and Technology and other multi-disciplinary emerging research areas with issues and concerns related to the environment are shared and deliberated. The ICFU’22 hopes to add a step toward creating a more sustainable, resilient and liveable urban future for all of us.

The theme focuses on science, policy and management for mitigation and adaptationn of innovative approaches to address issues affecting urban areas including coastal and marine NBS.
Keywords: Urban Design, Urban Planning, Mitigating Disaster, Climate Change, Coastal and Marine NBS,Smart Green and Blue Urban Planning

The theme will delve into understanding the synergy in Nature Based Solutions (NBS) with focus on ecology and management of urban and peri-urban greens.
Keywords: Ecology, Urban Forestry, Urban Agriculture, Integrative Smart Green and Blue Urban Planningg approaches, Environment and Ecosystem Services.

The theme will explore participatory, technical and institutional framework approach to manage natural resources.
Keywords: Public Participation, Information Communication Tools (ICT), Institutional Framework, Science, Management and policy.

  • Mr. K K Patel – Vice President, Nirma University (P12)
  • Dr. Anup K Singh – Director General, Nirma University (P12)
  • Prof. Utpal Sharma – Director, Institute of Architecture and Planning, Nirma University (P12)
  • Dr. Daniele La Rosa (P2)
  • Prof. Kalev Sepp (P3)
  • Prof. Ochir Altansukh (P5)
  • Prof. N.A. Ganai, VC SKUAST-K (P14)
  • Dr. Mathimaran Natarajan (P13)
  • Dr. Swati Kothary (P12)
  • Prof.Jayakumar (P13)
  • Mr. Loveleen Garg (P16)
  • Mr. Rakesh Kumar Patra (P16)
  • Dr. Riccardo Privitera (P2)
  • Arjan de Groot (P4)
  • Dr. Anton Shkaruba (P3)
  • Prof. B.Bayarkhuu (P6)
  • Dr. Neeru Bansal (P12)
  • Dr. Gurjeet Kaur (P13)
  • Prof. P.K. Joshi (P11)
  • Kh. Munkhtuvshin (P7)
  • Dr MM Anees – Yale, US (P11)
  • Prof.Aasif Ali Gatoo (P14)
  • Dr Susanta Mahato – JNU, New Delhi (P11)
  • Dr JK Tripathi – JNU, New Delhi (P11)
  • Prof. P. K. Joshi (P11)
  • Assoc. Prof. D. Batsuren (P5)
  • Assoc. Prof. D. Banzragch (P7)
  • Dr. Debjani Ghosh (P15)
  • Mr. Sarath Babu M G (P15)
  • Dr. Swati Kothary (P12)
  • Prof.Akhlaq Wani (P14)
  • Dr. Deep Narayan Pandey, JNU, New Delhi (P11)
  • Nisha Dave
  • Himani Patel

URGENT Cross Cutting Themes
All the partners of the URGENT Project are working relentlessly to build capacity and include stakeholder collaboration for all its cross-cutting themes. The URGENT cross cutting themes are as under:
1. Urban forestry, including ecology and management of (peri-) urban green areas and development and promotion of urban nature
2. Landscape architecture and phytodesign, including design and maintenance of small green & blue infrastructure objects
3. Urban permaculture, including its science, management and policy
4. Integrative smart green & blue urban planning, including science, policy and management for adaptation, mitigation and urban NBS
5. Management and planning of resilient urban seascapes and coasts, including promotion and maintenance of coastal and marine NBS
6. Observation, information and communication for NBS, including ICT and media

URGENT Project Team

No Country Flag Acronym Logo Full name URGENT Project Team Website
P1 Germany UHB University of Bremen Yildiray Ogurol

Igor Novopashenny

Holger Auel
P2 Italy UCT University of Catania Daniele La Rosa

Riccardo Privitera
P3 Estonia EMU Estonian University of

Life Sciences

Kalev Sepp, Estonian

Volha Kaskevich

Anton Shkaruba
P4 Germany MLU Martin Luther University Christine Fürst

Arjan de Groot
P5 Mongolia NUM National University of Mongolia Ochir Altansukh
P6 Mongolia KHU Khovd University Bathbayar Bayarkhuu
P7 Mongolia MULS Mongolian University of

Life Sciences

Banzragch Dalai
P9 Mongolia UPDI Urban Planning and

Research Institute

Ariunjargal Bayarsaikhan

Regzmaa Chuluunbat

Gunjidmaa Batsuuri
P10 Mongolia NGP National Garden Park

of Ulaanbaatar

Enkhzul Tumurbaatar
P11 India JNU Jawaharlal Nehru University P.K. Joshi

J.K. Tripathi

DN Pandey

Susanto Mahato

M.M. Anes
P12 India NIRMA Nirma University Utpal Sharma

Swati Kothary
P13 India PU Pondicherry University S. Jayakumar

Dr.Subhankar Chatterjee

Dr.Mathimaran Natrajan

Dr.Gurjeet Kaur
P14 India SKUAST-K Sher-e-Kashmir University

of Agricultural Sciences &

Technology of Kashmir

Akhlaq Amin Wani

Aasif Ali Gatoo

Shah Murtaza Mushtaq
P15 India NIUA National Institute of

Urban Affairs

Debjani Ghosh

Mr. M. Sarath Babu
P16 India GIFT Gujarat International Finance

Tec City Company Limited

Loveleen Garg

Rakesh Kumar Patra

Call for Abstract and Research Papers:

We are pleased to invite abstract submissions for the ICFU’ 22 from academicians, scholars and professionals in the field of Architecture, Planning and Design of the Built Environment. High quality research work for all conference themes are invited for ICFU’ 22.

Important Dates :

  Call for Abstracts  15th September, 2022
  Abstract Registration Deadline  31st October, 2022
  Abstract Submission Deadline  31st October, 2022
  Conference Registration Deadline
 15th November, 2022
  Submission of Presentation
 5th December, 2022
  Conference Dates  16th to 18th December 2022
  Submission of Full paper
 15th March, 2023
  Intimation of paper revisions (if any)
 15th April,  2023
  Submission of revised Full paper
 30th April, 2023

(*) By midnight – 23:59 IST

** Discussion are underway with publishers for Scopus indexed conference proceeding.

Guidelines for Author : Submission of the full length paper and abstract will be done using Easy Chair Software. Authors need to be registered with Easy Chair to make a submission.

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Guideline for Abstract Submission on Easy Chair :

  • Abstracts would be acceptable in English language only.
  • Abstracts must indicate the theme under which the submissions are being made. Appropriate themes may be selected from the conference themes.
  • Abstracts should only be submitted online.
  • Abstracts should not be more than 300 words.
  • The Technical Committee holds rights to decide on final allocation and presentation method.
  • After submitting an abstract, corresponding author will receive an email with an abstract id.
  • Authors will have a personal access and password codes in order to edit their abstracts.
  • Corrections to abstracts can only be made till 31st October, 2022
  • In case of any queries write to


All submitted abstracts would undergo a double-blind peer-review process. Selected Abstracts will be invited for presentation at the conference. The short paper (Summary) of the selected paper shall be published as part of the Conference Proceedings with ISBN number, subject to payment of applicable Registration fee and completion of Conference Registration. Paper presented at the ICFU’22 will undergo a separate referral process for publication in specially edited volumes in selected journals or Book.

Please Note: All the authors of a particular paper would be required to register for the conference to be eligible for publication in the conference proceedings.


Registration Fees (Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar)

National International
INR (₹) INR (₹)
Academicians and Professionals 5000 7500
PhD Scholars and Students 2500 4000
Co-author 2000 3500
Participants 1500 2000
Organisations (Up to 4 members) 10000 12000


Registration Fees (Online)

National International
INR (₹) INR (₹)
Academicians and Professionals 3000 4000
PhD Scholars and Students 1500 2500
Co-author 1500 2500
Participants 1000 1500
Organisations (Up to 4 members) 6000 8000

Note : Registration fee is non-refundable.

The indicated registration amount is per paper.

In case there is more than one paper submission by author(s), they are required to make additional payments as per mentioned amount. This holds true for co-authors as well.

Payment Procedure :

1) For payment through NEFT :

Account Name Institute of Architecture and Planning Under Nirma
Bank Name The Kalupur Commercial Co-operative Bank Ltd
Branch Name Nirma University, Nirma University Campus, Sarkhej
Gandhinagar Highway, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
Bank Account No 9720180209
IFSC Code KCCB0NRM097 (KCCB Zero NRM Zero Nine seven)
MICR Code 380126029
Account Type Current Account


2) For Payment through Online Registration Link: COMING SOON

Only INTERNATIONAL DEBIT/ CREDIT Cards subject to authorization and clearance from VISA & MASTERCARD are acceptable through payment gateway.

Apart from the registration payment from your end, you are also required to fill in the registration details and upload the transaction receipts: COMING SOON


16th December
From To Activity
0900 Hrs 1000 Hrs Registration and Breakfast
1000 Hrs 1100 Hrs Inauguration and Key Note Address -1
1100 Hrs 1300 Hrs Session 1
1300 Hrs 1400 Hrs Lunch
1400 Hrs 1600 Hrs Session 2
1600 Hrs 1630 Hrs High Tea
1630 Hrs 1800 Hrs Session 3
1900 Hrs Onwards GALA Dinner
17th December
From To Activity
0900 Hrs 1000 Hrs Breakfast
1000 Hrs 1100 Hrs Key Note Address – 2
1100 Hrs 1300 Hrs Session 1
1300 Hrs 1400 Hrs Lunch
1400 Hrs 1600 Hrs Session 2
1600 Hrs 1630 Hrs High Tea
1630 Hrs 1800 Hrs Concluding Session
DAY-3 (Optional – City Tour:Heritage and Contemporary BGI’s)
18th December
From To Activity
0700 Hrs 1000 Hrs Ahmedabad City Heritage Tour
1000 Hrs 1200 Hrs Sabarmati Ashram and Ahmedabad River Front
1200 Hrs 1300 Hrs Lunch
1300 Hrs 1500 Hrs Adalaj Ni Vav (Step well)
1500 Hrs 1700 Hrs GIFT City Tour

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Location :

Institute of Architecture and Planning, Nirma University
C- Block, SG Highway, Ahmedabad – 382421, Gujarat, India

Nirma University is one of India’s leading universities based in Ahmedabad (Gujarat). The University was established in the year 2003 as a Statutory University under a special act passed by the Gujarat State Legislative Assembly. It is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 2 (f) of the UGC Act. The University is duly accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with Grade –A+. The University is a member of Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Located in peaceful and sylvan surroundings, about 15 km from Ahmedabad Railway Station, it is also easily accessible from the state capital Gandhinagar. A disciplined, serene and pleasant environment envelops the campus encompassing 125 acres. It blends beautifully with the green landscaping, aesthetic elegance of arches and the vibrant pursuit of knowledge by the young aspirants. The academic ambience gives full scope for group activities, which are plenty, as also to individual pursuits for development on preferred tracks. Over 8000 students study at Nirma University many of whom reside in the hostels located within the university campus. There are over 350 faculty members who are involved in teaching at Nirma University.

Institute of Architecture & Planning (IAPNU) is a self-financed Institute approved by Council of Architecture, New Delhi and Institute of Town Planners, India. The institute offers an Bachelor of Architecture, Master’s of Architecture (Urban Design) programme and a Ph.D. programme. IAPNU is a constituent of Nirma University and shares the University campus with six other institutes, all having distinguished records of achievements. Students joining IAPNU therefore have an opportunity to interact with the academic community of all disciplines on campus. Such interaction has a stimulating influence, especially in the formative years, on young students and engages them academically in a vibrant learning environment. This helps students to develop good communication skills, an integrated personality and greater competitive spirit. The dedication and commitment of students and faculty have paid rich dividends and has made IAPNU a preferred destination for Architecture and Planning education. IAPNU aims to impart education and engage in research in fields related to the Built environment and Urban Planning. The B.Arch and B.Plan programme focus on providing education through collaborative teaching and learning processes. The institute provides an intellectual platform and opportunities for young aspirants to interact and learn through ‘learning to build and building to learn’ processes besides interdisciplinary integration with various other programmes of law, management, engineering, design etc.

IAPNU has set up a Centre of Excellence in Smart Cities in collaboration with Gift city and EPFL, Switzerland. The Institute also has several collaborations with universities all over the world for student exchange, joint research, field work, faculty exchange etc.

For more information on IAPNU visit Institute Of Architecture and Planning