About nonurbanism

Nonurbanism is a student movement that generates ideas and solutions that purvey to all lands that aren't urbanized yet. The plans are to be presented as policy frameworks, development strategies, architecture design proposals, and all-inclusive innovative solutions for the rural and small towns. With the world's central focus being on urban lands and its development, the non-urban lands are let to fend for their own. This is a movement that analyses the strengths of such societies: the farming, fishing villages, and the general countryside.


The argument entails, while we still need smart cities, eco-cities, and the likes that are focused on economic development and global superpower objectives, we need separate structures at the national and trans-national levels that focus on specificities and strengths of the non-urban; a model that focuses on the social and ethical as much as the spatial and economic growth.

Our Goal 

Communicating rural strengths to the world by building stronger, sustainable rural communities informed with adequate social, economic  and technological possibilities for growth. 

Our Objectives

Mobilizing professionals, especially students in the field of sciences, built environment, governance and policy towards thinking about nonurban issues, ideas and solutions

Devising a well-grounded rural theory, the nonurban code, that can act as a guideline to be interpreted further based on social, political and cultural context. 

Supporting rural thinking by organising international conferences, competitions, webinars and online forums where students can generate and get their ideas reviewed by top professionals belonging to varied disciplines. 

Providing pro-bono design, architectural, engineering and planning solutions for entrepreneurs in the rural area. This could be related to spatial and economic upgrading of their business. For example, providing architectural plans for their office space, devising business models for their enterprise, market mapping, social media promotion etc. 

Assisting local institutions, NGO's and Citizen alliance groups in the rural areas by sharing their issues with students, institutions and local panels to deliver imaginative solutions. 

Organising strong expert panels and generating linkages between stakeholder groups by reaching out to relevant professionals according to project need and context. 

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