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PURA framework - A model for Distributed Economy for India
With majority of Indian population still living in its rural areas, sustainable development of India is undeniably con- nected to the sustainable growth and empowerment of rural India. Providing Urban amenities to Rural Areas (PURA) framework was conceptualized to meet this end. It aims at spatio-social and socio-technical development of a rural region by creating contextually appropriate livelihood opportunities, wealth generation, self-reliance and skill devel- opment through physical, electronic, knowledge and economic connectivity. The concept of Distributed Economy (DE), on the other hand, was presented as a model for sustainable development by creating a network of intercon- nected and mutually dependent local production system to meet local needs, an antithetical to large-scale centralized production system. In this paper, we analyze Warana and Chitrakoot PURA using literature review and demonstrate how the PURA model is a contextually appropriate way for achieving sustainability benefits of DE in the Indian context. Thus, the PURA model can inspire the conceptualization of Design for Sustainable DE methodologies and pedagogy.