Recalling the iconoclasm of Varanasi’s ordinary citizens, the wisdom of its scholars and the dreams of its failed kings who sought to make an empire of a republic.
For IS militants, unlike Socrates, only an “unexamined life” is worth living.
For megacities, it’s time to start planning for a disrupted future.
A back-of-the-envelope calculation suggests that it will cost Rs 12.5 crore per city per year for 10 years to report air pollution and its severity in real time.
For the residents of this city of nearly two million, ‘informality’ is an all-encompassing, defining feature of everyday life in the capital.
This week: Are city-states in the middle of the ocean of our future, the inner lives of nannies and cab-drivers in NYC and ‘A Poem for Gauri’.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath had jointly inaugurated the maiden run of the Lucknow Metro with Union home minister Rajnath Singh yesterday.
The tragedy struck barely two days after torrential rain that brought the city to its knees by crippling road, rail and air services, inundating homes and leaving at least 10 people dead.
On the housing list for over six years, residents of villages in Bundelkhand’s Chitrakoot district still await roofs over their heads.
Reinvigorating old industrial cities or legacy cities, as they are sometimes called, is not easy – but it is not impossible.
The breakneck speed at which Delhi is growing was triggered by the arrival of refugees from Punjab, Sindh and the North-West Frontier Province.
At the Red Fort, on August 15, 1947, the past and the present had coalesced to mark a newly independent nation’s step towards the future.
Any celebration of Ahmedabad’s heritage as an icon of peace and unity (of Hindu, Muslim and Jain traditions) must be understood in light of the city’s profound anti-Dalit and anti-Muslim violence.
The long-standing friendship between Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker turned sour during the course of building of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the North and South Blocks, which affected the way the ‘power corridor’ ultimately shaped up.
Rescue operations are currently underway.
By ‘finding’ a lost city from the air, archaeologists fail to understand the depth of knowledge that communities have of their place and their past.
In 2006-07, the BJP-governed Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation wanted to demolish two historical Islamic structures for ‘road expansion’.
The land of forts is equally a land of man-made water bodies, exemplifying a culture of valuing each drop of precious water.
While Mumbai has introduced e-waste segregation, Bengaluru has imposed penalties to ensure waste segregation at source.
Getting home at late hours is often made out to be an issue only for women working the night shift in the IT sector – but it affects many others as well.
The pace of construction of houses under the Modi government is actually five times slower than during the Manmohan Singh regime.
Without protection, Iran’s spectacular American- and Italian-designed mid-century structures will be reduced to dust, beams and concrete blocks.
For a long time, it has been the same kind of loud, eye-catching architecture that is deemed iconic. Thankfully, that is changing.
Activists allege Metro authorities are trying to save time and costs and hacking down trees all over the city
A collection of poems written about cities under attack, about loss, hope and resilience.
Local politicians are engaged in a game of one-upmanship, wanting to change old names without any logic or understanding of history.
The documentary on the cats of Istanbul portrays a face of Turkey that goes beyond the usual stereotypes.
The medieval nehers in water-scarce Aurangabad are a lifeline for residents, but are being ruined by civic corruption and private interests.
Maboneng in Johannesburg represents one strand of the type of urban “development” that’s advocated for by the proponents of “global cities”.
In this essay, the well-known architect talked about the challenges facing urban designers in recognising human values and understanding contemporary needs.
Though the city moves ahead, and so does the country, it seems that the fate of India’s migrant workers is to remain perpetually in the same place.
“Even if we manage to keep warming to the limits agreed in Paris, the impacts on human health from heat stress are likely to increase substantially as global temperatures climb.”
A look at why the Hall of Nations and Nehru Pavilion in Pragati Maidan are historically and architecturally important.
Architects and museums from across the world had written to the government asking that the buildings be preserved for their architectural importance.
The lesson is this: abandon the idea that there is one way of describing a building and instead draw on the many sources that we use to evaluate culture generally to give a building its due respect.
F.W. Stevens designed Victoria Terminus, now CST, and many iconic structures of Victorian-era Mumbai.
More than one year since the Kolkata flyover collapse that killed 26, the criminal trial has not begun. The police are not speaking on the record. And the government is silent.
Disability rights groups are urging the Centre to build smart cities that abide by international planning norms and are completely barrier free.
As many as eight firemen have lost their lives in last four months while saving other people.
Citizens of Bengaluru will have to brace themselves for more protests to save its green cover.