The India Habitat Centre (IHC) is the core of contemporary cultural, economic, social and business events concerning the habitat and its environment located in New Delhi, India. The center provides employees with an ideal, conducive atmosphere that contributes to the metropolitan functional levels that a living city needs. It gears towards creating ecological and environmental balance to improve the people’s way of life.
The building complex was designed by Joseph Allen Stein, an American architect famous for establishing the regional modern architecture in the San Francisco Bay area in the 1940s until the 1950s.
Together with numerous international organizations, the India Institute Center aims to promote awareness regarding habitat-related environmental issues such as air, water, waste and noise pollution. They also advise the government in creating and implementing policies that will directly affect the habitat and human settlements.
Sharing a common concern for institution building, the India Habitat Center was created to house 37 non-government organizations and leading corporate entities. Among them are the International Labor Organization (ILO), National Housing Bank (NHB), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd. (HUDCO).
The India Habitat Centre also houses the Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST). The ISST was founded in 1964 by Dr. Devaki Jain, a feminist economist and development activist from India that served as its director until 1994. ISST is also the leading institute in gender and development research in India and is a consultant of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It also provides a range of educational programs such as theater for children and computer training and also gives out support that is needed to access basic services in schools and hospitals.
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), formerly called Tata Energy Research Institute, is also housed in the India Habitat Centre. TERI has ranked 20 and 16 on the list of the top global think tanks on environment, and science and technology respectively. It is an independent, non-profit organizational research institute that focuses on activities in the fields of environment, energy and sustainable development. TERI has completed more than 2,600 projects in its thirty years of existence. Today, TERI boasts of approximately 900 employees working in about 20 divisions within numerous branches in India and across the world such as TERI Japan, TERI Europe in London, TERI North America in Washington D.C. and TERI South East Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The TERI European headquarters in Utrecht, Netherlands was opened in October 2011 by Princess Maxima of the Netherlands.
The India Habitat Centre hosts seminars, lectures, conferences, exhibitions and public debates throughout the year. The center has reception venues, members’ guest rooms, restaurants, bars, a health spa and fitness centre. Their convention centre can hold about twenty sessions with a well-equipped secretariat and business centre and state-of-the-art audio and video system. The center also holds daily cultural and entertainment events for delegates. They also house the Habitat Library and Resource Centre that has a growing collection of reference materials regarding various subjects.