Anyone who has studied history knows that the people of the Indus Valley civilisation built cities and towns with excellent drainage and sewage systems. Five thousand years later, have we in India moved forward or backward?
For Fernando Haddad, mayor of the biggest city in the southern hemisphere, a Smart City is all about better public services, democratic space and inclusive growth, even if it comes at the cost of re-election.
Technology and e-governance are not likely to change entrenched behaviour, such as the relationship between the police and the citizen
Farmers who were asked to give up their land to build a new city are a disgruntled lot and questions remain about the environmental costs too
Smart Cities might offer one set of technologically determined solutions to human and social problems but smartification may also come at a great cost to one’s subjectivity as a citizen.
Regenerating its heritage could go a long way towards restoring its lost glory that Kolkata so ardently desires
A new film explores the ways Delhi’s poor find a small nook where they can sleep
It’s not that Indians are dirty but that the Indian state has never invested in the complete sanitation chain
The massively expensive Coastal Road will harm the environment, privilege a rich minority and break off Mumbai’s centuries old connection with the sea
The people of the slums transform the land, they transform our products, they transform our lives – can we but imagine what they would transform if they were to have a say in democratic governance?
The people of Rio feel the Olympics will pass by smoothly because it’s not new to such major events. The officials of Rio in fact see the games as an opportunity to make up to the people.
In the subcontinent, a quake of the intensity that hit Chile would have flattened entire settlements and killed thousands. What saved Chile was its building codes.
Mumbai: Under fire for its decision to ban the slaughter and sale of meat in the city for two days during the Jain festival ‘Paryushan’, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) today told the Bombay High Court that it has decided to withdraw its decision. MCGM informed […]
Passengers carrying packed raw non-veg items are being turned back from frisking points at Delhi Metro stations by CISF guards – while an RTI query shows there is no such rule.
As recently as April 2015, the government told Parliament that 1975 guidelines did not allow the names of existing roads to be changed.
A man who should be commemorated with a museum of science for children has been fobbed off with a road-sign.
The smart city’s pursuit of a top-down approach to city planning and management defies the core ideas of participation and citizenship that must drive the urban project.
Citizens are worried that a an expensive coastal road project could be very destructive for the environment and the city’s waterfront
Deborah Baker writes about her early experience of Calcutta, meeting the poet Tarapada Ray, and learning about the Beat legend Allen Ginsberg’s odyssey in India – a discovery that would unfold as her second book, A Blue Hand: The Beats in India
If you jump a traffic light, speed or drive while using your mobile phone, beware, you might soon end up having your license suspended.
The Delhi government’s move to scrap the bus rapid transit corridor owes more to an ill-informed campaign by powerful media interests than any considered review of the project’s effectiveness.
Anshu Gupta’s fresh thinking not only highlighted the need for clothing to be a part of the development agenda but also helped create a resource out of what city dwellers discard
The proliferation of cement concrete in our rural hinterland in connivance with industry and the state has sounded the death knell for the skill of the human hand
An exhibition in Mumbai interprets the flamboyant architectural dreams of the city in the 1930s
If Tesfaye still had that phone, the phone that Teddy borrowed and never returned, he would have his contacts. If he had his contacts, he would still have his home.
With the rising demand for clean energy, SECMOL represents the idea of environment consciousness that goes hand in hand with development
As the government pours money into urbanisation, some of the more participatory approaches of the past are making way for top-down decision-making
In which our hungry writer sets out to discover that formerly quiet hamlets in her city are now brimming with some exotic foods
A peaceful strike gone wrong has changed nearly everyone’s life in the village
With the Congress and BJP trading charges over selective enforcement of official housing rules, it is now up to the High Court to adjudicate the matter
Peeyush Sekhsaria interviews a family who lived in a middle-class complex for over 15 years without ever having heard of its architect, Charles Correa, but who had always ‘wondered about the person who paid so much attention to small things.’
While Beijing may have a better grip on air pollution control than New Delhi and other India cities do, its problems are indicative of a more fundamental problem with the process of urbanisation
He produced unique architectural expressions by responding to living patterns, energy issues, and the nature of changes in society.
The integration of ‘housing for the poor’ and ‘housing for the rich’ is the only proposition that will produce ‘housing for all’ and direct the occupants of both to a common goal, and a lifestyle that gains from each other’s proximity.
The eleventh hour withdrawal of a UNESCO bid to consider Delhi as a heritage city smacks of arbitrariness and prejudice
For those of us who have grown up in the Ahmedabad before the collapse of the mills, before the advent of the nouveau riche who now guide or bully the city, Amrita Shah’s lyrical book only reflects the changing tides of the last four decades.
Correa was the master of the meaningful paradox who thought of the big space, without losing sight of the small detail
New Delhi: It’s been nearly 15 months since the Supreme Court held the Ansal brothers — Sushil and Gopal — guilty of negligence in the 1997 Uphaar theatre fire tragedy. But with the judges differing on the quantum of sentence and referring the matter to a three-judge bench, […]
Article 15(2) can become a crucial remedy to combat private discrimination across a range of arms-length economic transactions including, potentially, housing covenants and employment contracts
New models of development in this once democratic city are edging out those from underprivileged sections of society