The project will culminate in the development of innovative products for addressing concerns of the domain of SHELTER FOR ALL through the courses conducted and the projects undertaken. The design innovations target two areas of work which would assist the Urban Local Bodies and other Housing Supply Agencies in decision making to increase the supply of affordable housing. Two decision making toolkits were identified initially:
To meet the objectives of developing the toolkits, the proposal envisaged the components to be included conforming to the mandate of the project.
The Toolkit aims to reduce the barriers in the present system of data capture and representation related to existing housing stock to enable informed decision making by all stakeholders and remove ad hocism in decision making leading to unsuitable transformations occurring. The toolkit can also be used effectively to increase community participation at the ward level and activate the role of the ward committees significantly in shaping the future of their ward. Budget allocation demands can be made in a much more informed manner to the ULB by wards competing for municipal funds and rational decisions can be taken by decision makers in the ULB with the help of the data captured and data visualization made possible on geo-tagged maps.