Work Overview

The current performance of cities is poor across key indicators of quality of life. A sector report by McKinsey (2010) indicates substantial shortfalls in clean water supply and management,solid waste management, public transportation and affordable and liveable housing supply. By 2030, 250 million people will be added to the urban population, who will require 700-900 million square meters of new residential and commercial space (Census 2011; McKinsey Global Institute, 2010.

On current trends, quality of habitat is going to deteriorate even further and the service gap will increase by three to four times.Further, the economic and environmental costs of such scenario are going to be extremely high.

SE’s programme on Sustainable Buildings and Habitat 



video How to shade your windows for a cool home: Ep-0 1 New Vastu with Ashok B Lall

The window is your immediate connection to Su-Urja or good energy. It is the source of daylight, it is the source of fresh air and the breeze when the air outside is pleasant.

video Right design for windows for green homes: Ep 2 New Vaastu with Ashok B Lall

A good window design can do wonders to the climate inside a house. The material that is used to make windows also plays an important part in how much heat it lets in from the outside.



The ‘Centre for Sustainable Habitat’ will invest Rs.10 crore for research and training activities and CSE will assist in setting up the centre’

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar has received a RashtriyaUchtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) grant of Rs. 107 crore.


Driving change in C&D waste management

CSE is acknowledged as the pioneer of research and advocacy on the issue of Construction & Demolition (C&D) waste management in India.


Making a mark in architecture and planning education and practice

CSE is working with the nodal agencies that govern architecture and planning education in India.


The Green Campus Initiative

CSE has begun an Initiative to bringtogether colleges and universities from across India to commit to greening their respective campuses.