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Who we are? - The "Why" behind Planning Tank!

Our Aim

To serve as a unified platform to meet all the requirements of the Planning community. Our work and initiatives have a global impact and empower our users worldwide. There is a dire need to create, collect, organize and market information. We act as a centralized platform working tirelessly to achieve this. Providing one place for students, academicians, practitioners, professionals and urban enthusiasts. We bring the best of technology and educational resources, promote networking and increase awareness for: Happy, Healthy & Sustainable Human Settlements

Who are we? – The “Why” behind Planning Tank!

“Planning Tank” is the identity of the Planning Block of the School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi, which is divided into two different blocks, namely Planning Block (serving administrative and planning education purposes) and Architecture Block (serving architectural education purposes).

Within the Planning Block, almost all the students hang out on “Planning Tank”; it’s actually a tank for storing water and can be considered, and is considerably used as a big raised stage. Until 2015, it had a number of messages/wishes/quotes written on it by the alumni of SPA Delhi. Its perpetual use as a place for a ‘Think Tank’ is something which has remained unchanged in the college and provides an identity to the college.

While discussing the idea of a website for planners and thinking about the history of Planning Education in India, the thought of keeping the name of the website as “Planning Tank” crossed our minds, for the name is a part of the identity of the first ever college in India which started imparting undergrad planning education.

The website was started as the need to provide quality information to our readers. We realized the problems faced by planners and the time and efforts wasted in trying to find the required information. The need for information to be adequate, neither too brief, nor too detailed, has been kept in mind while making the website which is perfect for planners. The content available on the website contains topics from the various subjects taught in Planning Colleges or which we feel will be beneficial for them. We do have additional information which is added from time to time, keeping in mind the changes in the professional field.

Each element and color used in Our Logo has a meaning attached to it and depicts what Planning Tank is all about. It basically gives an essence and summarizes our aim to create happy, healthy & sustainable human settlements.

What makes us unique?

Planning Tank is India’s largest and one of the most visited Urban, Regional & Rural Planning platforms globally. Founded in 2013 to provide immediate access to information for students and save their time, we soon realized that the problem was not just limited to a specific place – it was a global issue. Since then, we have been working to provide information resources and knowledge sharing for everyone. We cover the following aspects by various means:

  1. Information Resources for Urban Planners

  2. Urban Journalism (Explanatory & Column)

  3. Data Sources, analysis & presentation

  4. Geographic Information System (GIS)

  5. Academic Writing

  6. Environment & Sustainable development

Our Verticals

Over the past few years, we have expanded in different directions to meet the different requirements of our multifaceted community. Our initiatives remain the first of their kind in India, and are appreciated and brought to significant use by people worldwide. We are listing our existing and upcoming verticals below.

  1. Planning Tank (main website) - This is our main website which houses all the articles, and remains an entry point for all our verticals. We host a variety of educational and information content along with survey templates, quizzes and other types of content on our main website.

  2. Docs - A self-help and learning place for our users. With the increased complexity and growing initiatives by Planning Tank, addressing queries efficiently remains our priority. It will be a support hub for everything you need to know about us & connect with us.

  3. Job Portal - Job Portal for Urban Planners. Our team looks for the most relevant and latest work opportunities from multiple sources, while providing information with proper links and sources for everyone’s convenience.

  4. Discussion Forum - A platform with multiple use cases while fulfilling the need of a discussion forum. It acts as a forum, repository, reference document and a link amongst multiple other uses.

  5. Academy - For providing a much better learning experience and providing resources in a more structured manner, we are working with multiple professionals, organizations and students to bring home the best & refined learning resources for the community.

  6. Planning Times (Newsletter) - One of the finest planning newsletters, with hand-picked articles on a variety of themes within the planning discipline.

  7. Forms (beta) - Our self-hosted white - label solution for surveys, feedback, registrations etc. This helps in gaining better control of our data, and provides much-needed customizations for our varied needs.

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