Book Details

Book title: OUT OF HOME: Catalyst to Smart Urbanscape (3 Vols.) set
Author(s): Amiya Chandra & Pervinder Singh
ISBN: 9789386618504
Publication Year: 2018
Binding: HB
Pages: 714
Price: Rs. 7995 Rs. 7995
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The origin of advertising goes back to “outdoor”, which is the oldest form of the advertising medium and later evolved as Out of Home advertising (OOH). The OOH media can be “an instrument of change” for Indian cities and help them transform to SMART cities, it can be a delivery vehicle through which critical civic amenities and services can be offered by the Urban Local Bodies and Municipal Corporations in addition to widening their financial resource base. The book in three volumes tries to trace the OOH evolution and offer meaningful alternatives, recommendations on the OOH advertising policy framework for cities. A 360 degree approach has been attempted to understand the OOH medium from advertiser, media planning and creative design aspect, as they along with other physical aspects of the OOH device play a vital role in acceptance of the OOH medium as a primary mode of advertisement.   

The growth of OOH medium had been organic, fragmented and unplanned leading to abuse and manipulation by some unscrupulous stakeholders, bringing it to disrepute and litigations. The menace of illegal media and utter disregard for safety, led the Hon`ble Supreme Court and other State High Courts to intervene, often resulting in a direction for total ban on outdoor media, which have detrimental implications. In absence of a proper understanding and a scientific policy framework, the Municipal Bodies adopt and implement knee jerk policy decisions. Honest media concessionaires and advertisers suffer from such abrupt decisions and disruptions, along with the city Municipal Corporations losing on key revenue base. 


The book provides insights and an in depth understanding of the medium, its characteristics and principles for a planned approach for development of the OOH medium. It outlines various approaches and tries to provide a direction on design principles. This Volume-I provides a glimpse into the Origin of Outdoor advertising internationally as well as within India. It highlights the role of outdoor advertising within a city and its relationship with other stake holders. It draws the relationship between Outdoor advertisement and Vehicular traffic which gains significance as safety of motorists is cited as the most common reason for resisting the growth of outdoor advertisement medium. It offers an unbiased critique of Outdoor advertisement in India, the pitfalls and issues to be addressed. This volume draws various categorisations as well as indexes various definitions in practice in the outdoor advertisement industry. The Volume One sets the tone for the next volume wherein an attempt is made to present guidelines and a policy framework for outdoor advertisement planning, designing and implementation.

ABOUT Author


Dr. Amiya Chandra, a senior Civil Servant by profession and an academician by orientation, earned his doctorate degree from the Central Asian Studies Division of School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has a rich experience of working in various Ministries of Government of India in different capacities, including the unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi (2005-2009) as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Remunerative Projects Cell and Advertisement), Deputy Commissioner (Central Zone of Delhi) and as Assessor and Collector (Property Tax) among others. He was actively involved and instrumental in formation of the “Outdoor Advertising Policy for Delhi” on instructions of the Hon`ble Supreme Court. The same policy was then vetted by EPCA and finally accepted by the Court.

Dr. Chandra has presented numerous innovative concepts, approaches, solutions and participated at various forums, Seminars & Conferences and strongly advocated the role of OOH in transforming and offering civic amenities through OOH. He has also written extensively on Central Asia in his books “The Trade Game”(2017) and “India-Central Asia Relations” (2015) and published articles in reputed journals and edited volumes, including, “Turkmen-India Cooperation for Peace & Development” (1996), “Economic Cooperation Potential & Prospects”(1999) and  “India & Afghanistan Renewing Economic Relations” (2007). He has also written a book “Indian Foreign Trade- Trumped Up or Down” (2017), evaluating the current US-India trade relationship & recommendations on improving it. In addition he has Co-authored a book entitled “Natural Rock Shelters of India: Art & Painting” (2013) and is also Editor-in-Chief of an International Journal, “ICON” Journal of Archaeology & Culture (an annual publication).

Pervinder Singh is an architect and a marketing professional who worked at leadership positions in India`s topmost advertising agencies such as Primesite (a division of Mudra Ltd.), Platinum (Madison Group) and Percept Out of Home. These agencies are engaged in Outdoor advertising, media design, planning and creative development. His wide experience and understanding of architecture, spatial planning, way-finding, street-scaping in addition to his grasp on graphic design and understanding of marketing process helped in drafting of the “Outdoor Policy of Delhi”. 

He has worked on large-scale way finding projects in MRTS, Airports, Healthcare, Retail and City navigation, which today are benchmark in the industry. He has also provided many innovative solutions to outdoor media concessionaires on new OOH mediums, technologies and projects from conceptualisation to actual implementation. He has been active in creating and implementing retail brand identity for many reputed brands in India and has worked on innovative solutions for Industrial Visual Workplace Management (IVWM).

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