This paper explores a new type of housing in India and resulting urban dynamics in Nagpur, a Grade A city in the
Indian state of Maharashtra. The accelerating urban growth rate led to a dynamic housing market to accommodate
the on-going migration. A new housing typology can be identified as clusters of residential towers, developed as gated
communities and marketed as first-class neighbourhoods for emerging higher income groups. This research is a timely
effort to address the occurring challenges of future urban patterns produced by this housing typology in India. Various
urban qualities are needed to foster sustainable urbanism. Housing patterns have a major impact on how urban environments
work efficiently, how they accommodate different user groups and how city images, perceptions and thus
lifestyles are affected. The paper investigates these new urban sites in relation to their socio-spatial interactions and the
resulting production of urban qualities to foster a new understanding of this particular housing typology and its impact
on urbanism in India. Analysing through the lens of three major urban qualities of urban efficiency, diversity and identity
the study identifies the complex socio-spatial dynamics fostered by vertical gated communities in Nagpur city. The
paper concludes with an outlook on the distinctive roles of architects and urban designers to develop synergies
between this urban typology and its surroundings
Keywords: Gated communities, residential high-rise, India, urbanism, urban qualities, housing.
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