Assessing transformative change of infrastructures in urban area redevelopments

Mansi Jain, Harald Rohracher

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Urban redevelopments create opportunities for experimenting with innovative infrastructural solutions towards
transformative urban change. Novel solutions such as decentralised infrastructure systems can become essential
strategies for helping cities meet multiple sustainability outcomes. However, achieving infrastructural change is
a tremendous challenge given the obduracy of these large and complex systems. Assessing and monitoring
ongoing infrastructure shift, transformative urban systems needs to provide a better understating of how to
account for systemic change. This paper addresses the challenge of assessing and monitoring urban transformative
change in a forward-looking and systematic way. A conceptual assessment framework is developed,
which identifies key critical dimensions necessary to assess the transformative change potential in the context of
urban redevelopment areas. These include the shaping of new expectations/visions, the establishment of new
social networks, the creation of learning processes, institutional alignment, and the establishment of new modes
of governance. The conceptual framework is applied in a case study of selected urban redevelopment sites in New
Delhi, India. The framework was found useful which gaining a differentiated understanding of the transformation
process and identifying the strengths and weaknesses within the urban redevelopment niche that can potentially
support or obstruct the transition process.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103573
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • Evaluation
  • Learning
  • Sustainable infrastructures
  • Urban redevelopment
  • Urban transformative change


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