While the government talks about smart cities, the reality of India’s urbanisation is a web of increasing inequalities and powerless local authorities.
As part of a trial run of the smart cities initiative, the middle and inner circle of Connaught Place will be made vehicle-free for three months.
If after 20 years of dialogue we are exactly at the same (if not worse) place as we started at, how are we going to get better?
Alternative faecal sludge management systems that are effectively planned in a network to cover entire cities can make Swachh Bharat a reality.
The park provides a blueprint for the transformations taking place in public spaces across the city under the guise of development.
The burial sites of two of Tamil Nadu’s former chief ministers do not feature in the list of approved sites published by the Chennai Corporation.
Planning and building a capital city is of great cultural and ecological significance, which calls for enormous patience, long-term vision and due consultation with master architects, experts and other stakeholders.
The status of Muslims in the city has improved, but politically they are still irrelevant, and although high rise buildings with American names have sprouted throughout, its ghettos still continue to exist.
In a project for consolidating the fascinating urban mess that is Karachi, certain groups are patronising art, especially in the public space.
Balkrishna Doshi discusses how his designs seek to combine native aesthetic with the demands made by climate.
‘The role of the foreign community in drawing attention to the health effects of air pollution was crucial in Beijing, as it would be in Delhi later.’
Real policy is not defensive short term emergency measures but something proactive spanning multiple years, and acting fast, local and through multiple agencies.
DMRC already raises about 20% of its revenues from property development and is now looking to enter the housing development sector to raise capital funds.
As cities trumpet their liveability, creativity and greenness, many informal settlement activities are often relegated to the shadows.
For India to make urbanisation sustainable, it must first tackle the problems of multiplicity of jurisdictions, weak revenue base and human resource capacity deficit that impact most of its cities.
Unless there is a change all the way down to the bottom in male-dominated fields like architecture, a complete changeover is unlikely.
Changing road names is not about history but about cleansing.
People can’t avoid being attacked if authorities mandate that dogs will live on the streets. This is neither compassionate towards dogs nor people.
In Madras, or Chennai, we are simultaneously inhabitants of a neighbourhood with its shrines and local lore as we are to the larger idea of the city.
Andhra Pradesh’s new ‘world-class’ capital city will require enormous amounts of energy and resources to build and to run, while destroying precious natural environments and local livelihoods.
Few European capitals are as stamped with their recent history as the city of Berlin. Wherever you go, you’re sure to encounter telltale marks left by Nazi Germany, the Holocaust and the Cold War.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court’s decision to reverse its December 2015 order banning the sale of diesel vehicles with an engine capacity of 2000 cc or more in the National Capital Region has upset environmentalists who say the imposition of a compensatory green cess of 1% on the retail price of all diesel […]
Banning the manufacture and sale of plastic bags, improving animal care and creating an empowered animal welfare enforcement agency are some of the measures that could be included in the project.
The state abandoning its responsibility to provide public housing, coupled with inadequate laws against land hoarding and low taxes on the sale and purchase of real estate, have resulted in a housing market that can, logically, only produce elite gated communities.
Archeologists say that 80 shackled skeletal remains found at an ancient Greek cemetary were victims of a mass execution.
Amita Baviskar gives us a glimpse of the work of the army of skilled gardeners who tend to this green oasis in the heart of New Delhi
Bangladesh and parts of North-Eastern India and Myanmar sit on the intersection of three tectonic plates, where mounting stress could lead to a massive earthquake and put 140 million lives at risk.
Construction in Bhendi Bazaar is going on in full swing to completely wipe out old structures and replace them with dazzling new skyscrapers
Some researchers think that the cities of the future need to go back to nature if they are to support an ever-expanding population, while keeping carbon emissions under control.
We ought to look at the history of Edo, Japan to find a model of sustainable city planning in the wake of rapidly expanding urban spaces and the contemporary environmental crisis
As Mumbai Port Trust goes into aggressive overdrive to reclaim its properties, thousands worry they may soon be without a home
Hidden away in two tables in an urban masterplan are entries that hint at the impending flooding woes of North Chennai.
Given the high level of economic inequality in the country intensified by successive droughts in recent years, a rethink of the human-environment relationship is required.
This photo series is the outcome of spending time in a space considered ugly, unhealthy and potentially dangerous, where everyday life is partially hidden by an iron curtain.
The prime minister’s much-touted Smart Cities Mission has been suffering from gross under-allocation of funds and poor implementation.
As sea levels rise due to climate change, planners across the world are debating the best ways to protect their coasts.
Urbanisation is a new selective force that is changing the composition of animal communities tremendously.
Even if the rainmaking mountain is not itself geoengineering, it still raises many issues of ambition and hubris.
A truly world-class city is not one that destroys to build, but one where icons from different pasts live together happily.
Indian cities are on slow but sure paths towards religious- and caste-based crises. To ensure just and harmonious social growth, it is vital to reverse current trends.