Kanika Goel


Cities are growing very fast in every aspect whether related to Social, physical and Economic. So they need to be designed carefully taking every aspect hand in hand. In this article I have portrayed one of the tools of urban Conversation in which one can restructure a city for better functioning for the people as - “Cities are for people”. Basically, Restructuring is a plan to strengthen the existing built structure of a city. In this article I have quoted two examples- Haussmann’s City ‘Paris’ and Mughal Capital City ‘Delhi’, which are similar to each other and follow same basic elements of planning. Both have undergone restructuring focusing on elements such as street pattern, urban picture, creating center business districts, conserving heritage, embedding current architectural style in important buildings. But while planning a new city for the people planners generally do not consider the existing structure of the city which is often completely razed off during new construction as in the case of Paris while in the case of Delhi the new city ignored the already existing pattern of old Delhi because of which there is no integration between New and Old Delhi. To avoid this situation the one must focus not only on new structuring but should also incorporate the existing pattern. The New and old City must be stitched in a manner so that different user group get better opportunities to showcase their skills and the planning must be flexible enough so that future generation can easily indulge into the design.


Restructuring, Planning, Connections, Social Gap, Communities interdependence

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