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Tazyeen Alam

Architect | Urban Planner | Researcher

You've reached my Web site. My name is Tazyeen Alam, and I work as a Prime Minister Research Fellow at the Indian Institute of Technology in India. I am a trained professional committed to sustainable urban planning, public participation, and cutting-edge aesthetics. I want to connect with other professionals who care deeply about making their communities more prosperous and pleasant places to live. I welcome the chance to engage with people and institutions that share my interest in improving the built environment and welcome the chance to collaborate on research projects.


If you're interested in learning more about my work and how we might collaborate to make our cities better for everyone, feel free to connect with me and browse my profile.

Research Interests

Urban and Regional Planner | Multidisciplinary Researcher

I am a research scholar under the Prime Minister Research Fellowship (PMRF) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India. I was awarded the PMRF in January 2021 in the second year of Ph.D. My broad area of research is Urban Planning. My focus area is on changing urban morphological transitions in developing economies

Teaching Interests

Qualitative and Quantitative Design Approaches for Policymaking

Architectural & Urban Design Studios (Undergraduate & Postgraduate) | Integrated Urban Planning | Sustainable Cities & Societies Workshops | Infrastructure Management & Modelling | Quantitative Urban Modelling of Spatial Metrics | Final Project/Thesis Supervision

Ongoing Research Project

"Morphological Assessment of Built Environment and its Impact on Water Usage in the Indian Context"

Under the supervision of Dr. Ankhi Banerjee

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Urban Morphology: An integrated Approach towards Dynamic Urban Futures

Urban Morphology is a process that assesses the morphing built environment either qualitatively or quantitatively. The scale of analysis depends on the need and aim of the research conducted. Previous studies have configured evidence that morphological studies on the urban form  (or shape of the cities) have found a critical impact on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The urban form also significantly impacts sustainability's social, economic, and environmental aspects. Therefore, urban morphology constitutes the roots of urban sustainability and thorough assessment of urban form (Bourdic et al., 2012).

Education

  • 2020 - 2024: PhD in Urban  & Regional Planning, RCGSIDM, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

  • 2017 - 2019: Master of Architecture (M.Arch) in Urban Regeneration, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India

  • 2012 - 2017: Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), ZHCET, Aligarh Muslim University, India

Experience

  • 2020 - 2024: Teaching and Research Assistant, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

  • 2023 - 2023: Teaching Assistant, National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning, India

  • 2022 - 2023: Teaching Assistant, Medinipur Sadar Government Polytechnic, India

  • 2022 - 2022: Teaching Assistant, Aligarh Muslim University, India

  • 2019 - 2019: Urban Planner, Beyond Built Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India

  • 2017 - 2019: Architect, Studio Axis Design, New Delhi, India

  • 2017 - 2017: Architectural Intern, Architectonic Services, Kolkata, India

Honours and Awards

  • 2022: Commendable Performance attained in PMRF annual research review in Dec 2022 and classified as the top 8% researchers by MHRD, Govt. of India (out of 2500 PMRF students in the country).

  • 2021 - Present: Prime Minister Research Fellow, Ministry of Education, India

  • 2020 - 2021: Institute Assistantship, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

  • 2019: Top 25 candidates: DAIDA Thesis Awards 2019-2020 (For more details, visit ihs.nl/en/award-candidates)

  • 2019: Gold Medalist for securing the first position in M.Arch (Urban Regeneration) at Jamia Millia Islamia, India. (For more details, visit jmi.ac.in)

  • 2017: Silver Medalist for securing the second position in B.Arch (Architecture) at Aligarh Muslim University, India (For more details, visit amu.ac.in/)

Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)

  • Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI),

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

  • International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF)

  • International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)

  • Regional Studies Association (RSA) 

  • Urban Affairs Association (UAA)

  • Licensed Architect under the Council of Architecture (CoA), India (License no.: CA/2017/88104)

Publications

Journal Articles

  • 2022

    • Alam, T., & Banerjee, A. (2023). Analyzing the Urban Form in Suburban Areas of the South Bengal Region Using Built Fractals. Journal of Urban Planning and Development: ASCE. https://doi.org/10.1061/JUPDDM.UPENG-4543 

  • 2022

    • Alam, T., & Banerjee, A. (2022). Characterizing land transformation and densification using urban sprawl metrics in the South Bengal region of India. Sustainable Cities and Society, 104295. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2022.104295

  • 2021

    • Alam, T., & Banerjee, A. (2021). Rapid Transit-Oriented Morphological Transformations in Indian Cities: A Case of Kolkata Metro. Sustainable Urban Mobility: Opportunities and Challenges in Developing Countries, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. [Final manuscript submitted after peer review]

Conferences and Proceedings

  • 2023

    • Alam, T. (2024, January 24 – 26). Regional Spatial Justice: Role of Urban Typologies Surrounding Core City in Kolkata Urban Agglomeration. Twentieth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability. Aveiro, Portugal. https://cgscholar.com/cg_event/events/S24en/proposal/69472 

  • 2023

    • Alam, T. & Banerjee, A. (2023, September 4 – 7). Impact of Urban Morphology on Transportation Preferences in Fostering the Sustainable Development of Emerging Urban Centers in South Bengal. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of Eastern Asia Society for Transportation (EASTS'2023). Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; EASTS. 

    • Oral presentation at the AESOP PhD Workshop and 35th Annual Congress, Poznan and Lodz, Poland (5 – 15 July 2023)

    • Alam, T., & Banerjee, A. (2023). Morphing demographic characteristics driven by altering water use in South Bengal. Book of Abstracts, Annual Research on Cities Summit (ARCS) 7.0. Vol 1(1). pp. 26. School of Human Settlements, XIM University. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7648092

  • 2022

  • 2021

    • Oral Presentation at the Sustainable Urban Mobility Opportunities and Challenges in Developing Countries (ITPI Bengal Chapter), Kolkata, India (1 – 3 October 2021) [Awarded Best Presentation]

  • 2019

    • Oral Presentation at International Conference on Water Resource, Climate Change and Sustainability, Hyderabad, India (27 – 28 September 2019)

    • Alam, T. (2019). Impact of Anthropogenic Activities on Natural Resources: A Case of Water in Kullu Region, Himachal Pradesh. Conference proceedings of Architecture for Masses: Ekistics (Vol. 1 (1), ISBN 978-8193774946), Jamia Publication House

    • Oral Presentation at the 4th National Conference on Sustainable Architecture and City, Tehran, Iran (19 February 2019)

Book Chapters

  • 2021

  • 2020

    • Alam, T. (2020). Impact of Tourism on Local Communities: A Case of Nalanda, Bihar. In Urban Development: Philosophies, Principles & Practices Vol. 1(1) ISBN: 978-81-948211-4-4, pp. 193 - 218). Jamia Publication House

Peer Reviewer

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