Poor shelter, lack of sanitation and hygiene in slums, and insufficient family and community support further compound the problems of the urban poor.
In the Middle East and North Africa, conflict and insecurity remain the key barriers to progress, with most of the countries across the region requiring humanitarian and food assistance.
In this essay, the well-known architect talked about the challenges facing urban designers in recognising human values and understanding contemporary needs.
Indore’s relatively small size, the rapid urbanisation of its villages and the high rate of pre-existing latrine coverage make its open-defecation free status unique.
“I had noticed earlier that my illness subsided when I had access to the wilderness. Time spent outdoors in wild places were the only happy memories in an otherwise confused and chaotic few years.”
A shift away from cash reliance will come only when the urban middle class finds plastic money more convenient, not with forceful government intervention.
While the government talks about smart cities, the reality of India’s urbanisation is a web of increasing inequalities and powerless local authorities.
Dam-builders seldom keep their promises and the government has failed to stop their infrastructural orgies. We thus have a disease of gigantism on our hands crippling the Chambal’s ecology.
The so-called lifestyle diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease have been rising in Africa, but the research on them has not kept pace.
“The coolest thing about the Harlem Heat Project is how people experience the heat using these custom-made sensors.”
Kallidaikurichi Chidambarakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan died on May 28, 2015. A year after his death, Bhanu Joshi remembers him.
The sex ratio of children ever-born (that is, including children who died at birth or later) to all women was 895 in rural areas but 878 in urban areas.
A UN-WHO report stresses the economic costs of non-communicable diseases in India, the challenges posed by increasing urbanisation, and the urgent need to ensure universal health coverage.
As the government pours money into urbanisation, some of the more participatory approaches of the past are making way for top-down decision-making