Gated communities in Indonesia have become a glaring example of how income inequality creates both spatial and social divides.
Year after year, people are dying in incidents that are termed ‘accidents’ but are actually man-made disasters.
Maboneng in Johannesburg represents one strand of the type of urban “development” that’s advocated for by the proponents of “global cities”.
Citizens of Bengaluru will have to brace themselves for more protests to save its green cover.
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.
Installing an air filter in public is more like avoiding the problem and diverting attention away than solving it. Emissions should always be controlled at the source.
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.
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.
In conversation with Gautam Bhan on his new book, In the Public’s Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi.
Kallidaikurichi Chidambarakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan died on May 28, 2015. A year after his death, Bhanu Joshi remembers him.
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.
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.
Petition in Madras High Court says Tamil Nadu government guilty of dereliction of duty
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.
Lives lost due to natural disasters reduced by 20% in the past five years – from 25,066 deaths in 2010 to 20,201 in 2014. Floods accounted for only 2.6% of deaths in 2014.
“Someone negotiates with the boatmen and pays them Rs.3,000 to ply him across to his family on the other side and then to bring them back. They make a clean Rs.6,000. None of us have that kind of money.”
The intense rain that continues to swamp Chennai begs the question: is it due to climate change? And if so, what questions does it pose for us all?
Even if it’s the sole silver-lining, focusing on the resilient spirit of the people of Chennai distracts us from understanding the real damage we’ve taken thanks to the disappointing civic infrastructure.
Chennai kicked off the last month of the year with over 200 mm of precipitation on a single day, which is more than what the entire month usually receives.