Circular Economy for the Evolution of the Built Environment

By |2019-09-10T11:51:41+02:00September 10th 2019|green & smart development, , , , , |

With massive urbanisation rates worldwide, it is essential that our built environment contributes to sustainable urban planning. Vivek Jaisree Mohandas and Henning Wilts outline how the concept of Circular Economy can be applied to the construction sector.

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Mumbai’s Young People Stake Their Claim to Play

By |2019-07-02T10:01:29+02:00July 2nd 2019|global urban debates, , , , , |

Mumbai, as many other Indian cities, has failed to provide its children and youth with open spaces for playing. But there is a growing movement that demands its right to play – with considerable success, as Doel Jaikishen from Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA) writes.

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A Place Like Too Many Others: Gender Inequality in Bawana, Delhi

By |2019-03-08T09:17:30+01:00March 8th 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, water & sanitation, , , , , , , |

In urban settlements around the world, city administrations struggle, and often fail, to provide essential services, safe spaces, and socio-economic securities to residents. While this poses difficulties and dangers to all inhabitants, the consequences of such neglect are especially severe for low-income women and girls.

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The Shape of Economic Growth

By |2019-01-24T13:52:41+01:00January 22nd 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , , |

With more and more people moving to cities, the question arises how to organise urban expansion in a way that ensures economic growth and quality of life. Nina Harari discusses which urban configurations can best accommodate urban growth and whether a city's shape influences its economic development.

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Bangalore: A Vibrant and Dynamic Indian City With An Uncertain Future?

By |2019-01-24T13:53:27+01:00January 17th 2019|economic development, , , , , |

Bangalore is perhaps one of the most prominent examples for urban growth and vibrant economic activity. M H Bala Subrahmanya explains the city’s ascent to success – and its downsides.

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“Climate Change Can be Seen Everywhere in Slums”

By |2018-12-13T10:10:37+01:00December 13th 2018|climate change & resilience, housing & informality, , , , , , , , |

At COP24, India-based Sheela Patel from SPARC talked to Lou del Bello about how climate change affects people in informal settlements the most – and about strategies to address their special needs.

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Young People’s Participation: Critical for Responsive City Planning

By |2018-09-18T09:06:30+02:00September 6th 2018|housing & informality, , , , , |

In the Indian city of Mumbai, different groups participated in revising the city’s Development Plan. This article highlights the importance of the participation of young people in city planning at the neighbourhood level if planning is to respond adequately and responsibly to contemporary challenges.

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The Human Rights Dimensions of India’s Smart Cities Mission

By |2018-08-16T09:32:32+02:00August 16th 2018|global urban debates, green & smart development, inclusion, smart & digital development, , , , |

Shivani Chaudhry from the Housing and Land Rights Network argues that India’ Smart Cities Mission lacks a human rights dimension – with highly problematic consequences.

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Why the Smart Cities Movement Will Change Indian Cities Profoundly

By |2018-08-16T09:34:26+02:00August 14th 2018|global urban debates, governance & finance, smart & digital development, , |

The concept of 'smart cities' is celebrated globally as one solution to the problems of urbanisation. Jagan Shah argues that in India, the Smart Cities Mission helps to overcome outdated structures in urban planning and governance.

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How Can Cities in Digital India Contribute to Building a Circular Economy?

By |2018-07-12T15:23:39+02:00July 5th 2018|smart & digital development, , , , |

India has embarked on a Smart Cities Mission. But what do “smart” or “digital” cities actually have to deliver if they are to be a new model for sustainable urbanism? Urvashi Aneja analyses opportunities and risks of technological innovation and digital inclusion.

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Adopted Spaces: How Social Life on India’s Streets is Increasingly Threatened by Top-down City Planning

By |2018-06-12T10:41:41+02:00June 12th 2018|participation, public spaces, , , |

In India’s bustling cities, time spent in public spaces is an integral component of everyday life. Street design that focuses on motorised traffic does not take into account this human quality of street life. Instead, local practices and human activity should inform city planning, argues Sneha Mandhan.

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