Urbanist Daisy Narayanan to deliver Edinburgh's carbon neutral future
April 19 2021
Urbanist Daisy Narayanan has been charged with fusing the city of Edinburgh's placemaking and transport strategy as part of efforts to take the city down the road towards carbon neutrality by 2030.
An architect and urban designer with experience working across the UK and Asia Narayanan is currently director of urbanism at Sustrans as well as a member of the Edinburgh Climate Commission and the Climate Assembly Evidence Group.
Narayanan said: "This is a wonderful role that brings together various strands of what make great places. I’m passionate about working with people to shape how their streets and places should look, and to learn from and build on the work done to date in Edinburgh.
"I am under no illusions that this will be an easy job, but I am excited by the challenge.
"When I came here in 2004 as a student, I never dreamed that I would one day have the privilege to work with people in making this beautiful city even more wonderful. I am determined to ensure that everyone living here gets to benefit from the city’s development as a greener, healthier place – and that these benefits extend to the outer edges of the city."
As senior manager for mobility and placemaking, Narayanan will be tasked with overseeing the City Mobility Plan for introducing carbon-neutral transport options as well as the 20-minute neighbourhood programme.
Narayanan was previously seconded to the council in 2018 and 2019 to lead Edinburgh's ten-year city centre transformation plan, during which she championed the introduction of a monthly car-free event in the Old Town.
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