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.
The iconic Taj Mahal is known for its perfect design, but Dr. Dilip Ahuja noticed there was a fundamental error. Did Emperor Shah Jahan know about it?
The 7.8 magnitude quake struck off the Pacific coast on Saturday and was felt around the Andean nation of 16 million people
The Aam Aadmi Party government believes it has found the miracle cure for the Delhi’s perennial air pollution and traffic congestion problems. But more must be done to tackle these issues, including augmenting the public transport system.
An exhibition in New Delhi unveils and humanises the work of recycling in India, and the people behind it.
Is Burrabazar just a microcosm for the whole of India?
Swastik Pal captured the aftermath of Thursday’s deadly collapse of an under-construction flyover on Vivekananda Marg, Kolkata.
The government’s plans to demolish the Nehru Pavilion and Hall of Nations in Delhi’s Pragati Maidan and build new structures in their place have raised the ire of critics
Kolkata Flyover Collapse is Reminder that India Needs a Comprehensive Strategy for Accident Prevention
India needs to work towards a comprehensive accident-prevention plan, the first step to which is building a reliable information database.
Her swirling, curved structures made her one of the most sought after contemporary architects.
Rampant violations of coastal zone norms are eating up the city’s coastlines, one illegal road or building at a time.
Ulsoor Lake is one of the last strongholds in a water-starved city whose hundreds of old reservoirs have largely been drained to be built upon or reduced to dumping grounds in the last 40 years.
Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram ranked the highest of the 21 cities studied in the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems, but they still lagged behind benchmark cities London and New York.
A German legal scholar has been waiting 15 years for the Calcutta High Court to decide a contempt case against him. Until then, his 2001 book on the role of PILs in urban India cannot be distributed.
Public art in Mumbai, never very edifying, has been joined by some colourful and strange installations in different parts of the city.
What makes matters worse in Delhi are the incessant tide of migrants, misaligned institutional structures (unwisely split between the Centre and the quasi-state of Delhi), and BJP’s ongoing vendetta against AAP.
The smart cities programme needs to reinvent its entire urban planning process even if only for the reason that it’s fallacious to assume creating assets makes a city smart.
This is a good opportunity for the Delhi government to push through transport initiatives, because there is a social consensus about the need to tackle pollution
Seeing the strength of the campaign, politicians from all major parties have now extended support for the cause.
The rest is randomly dumped in rivers, seas, lakes and wells, polluting three-fourths of the country’s water bodies, according to an analysis of various data sources.
Arguably his most notable contribution has been in designing low-cost and post-disaster reconstruction housing.
Chennai is only the latest example of demographic and environmental changes leading to urban flooding. Without a focus on more equitable planning, such disasters are bound to recur.
Created by two designers planning to sell it for Rs.15-20, it shows all the public transport routes crisscrossing the city in a readable way and offline.
The present attempt to reduce the number of cars on the road is well-intentioned but misguided in the long-run unless there is the political will to adopt a wider set of restrictions.
Imphal: Six unnatural deaths, 70 injured on a single day is by all means a tragedy. This despite the desensitisation to violent deaths that insurgency torn places like Manipur has undergone. But the fact is the casualty figure from Monday’s tremblor could have been much worse, if at […]
While such initiatives are likely to work for shorter periods when pollution levels are too high, for people to change their travel habits and leave their cars for public transport, walking and cycling, there needs to be considerable public investment in these areas — and a change of mindset.
Despite the Tamil Nadu government’s best explanations, questions remain as to why the Public Works Department failed to manage the situation.
Petition in Madras High Court says Tamil Nadu government guilty of dereliction of duty
As heavy rain continues to contribute to the devastating flooding in Cumbria, there have once again been calls – notably from the environmentalist George Monbiot – for the reforestation of our uplands, to help tackle rural flooding. The government has stated that it is funding the planting of […]
Given just a few hours to warn residents of the impending flood, the authorities struggled to save Chennai.
The Tamil Nadu government was grossly negligent in failing to warn people about the deluge that swallowed Chennai
Now begin the repairs and the terrible task of cleaning up our lives. But the deluge though has also changed something in all of us.