India

Informality and Social Protection

The End of Housing Insecurity in New Delhi?

By |2024-02-22T10:59:46+01:00February 22nd 2024|

Urban Citizens in India are still struggling with housing inadequacy and (un)affordability. Piyush Tiwari and Jyoti Shukla call on public and private housing institutions to provide equal access to decent and affordable housing.

Informality and Social Protection

Extending Social Protection – the Solution for Informal Workers?

By |2024-01-16T13:06:59+01:00January 16th 2024|

In a world where high inflation rates and geopolitical conflicts dominate the headlines, the urgent call for universal social protection for informal workers fades into the background. But Laura Alfers knows: This crucial lifeline is more important now than ever.

Poverty and Hunger

Planning in the Shadow of Colonialism: India’s Balancing Act

By |2024-01-05T13:00:32+01:00December 5th 2023|

Explore how colonial legacies perpetuate inequalities in access to resources like housing and food in contemporary Indian cities. Join Utkarsh Sharma in unraveling this narrative and seeking paths to decolonization.

Inequality in Cities

Women’s Collective Power: Driving Responsible Urban Development

By |2023-11-08T15:21:00+01:00August 1st 2023|

India is rapidly urbanising. However, the disparities that affect the poor and marginalised are glaring. Bijal and Chirayu Brahmbhatt discuss aspects of addressing these inequalities through women-led approaches towards a better future for all.

Energy in Cities

ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework: India’s Innovative Strategy for Climate Resilient Cities

By |2024-01-05T12:58:48+01:00April 27th 2023|

India's ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework empowers cities to tackle climate change. It's a progressive initiative with tangible actions that aims to improve the lives of citizens while building resilience to climate-related shocks.

Energy in Cities

Improving Thermal Comfort in Community Buildings in India’s Informal Settlements

By |2024-01-04T16:41:26+01:00April 11th 2023|

India has a long tradition of building climate-friendly houses. But in the case of informal settlements, applying this knowledge presents many difficulties. This leads to intense heat stress for residents. However, there is hope on the horizon, as we highlight an exciting initiative: utilising innovative design solutions for thermal comfort in community buildings in Chennai and Coimbatore - an Urban Living Lab approach.

Gender, LNOB & Feminist Development Policy

Feminist Urbanism: Smashing the Patriarchy in Urban Design

By |2024-01-04T16:42:53+01:00March 8th 2023|

Who plans cities for women? Feminist urbanism challenges traditional urban planning and design paradigms to account for women's experiences. Legal researcher and creator of the “Feminist City” podcast, Sneha Visakha, on the real-world impacts of masculinist urban planning in our cities and the power of feminist urbanism.

Cities built4climate

The Mask of Tradition – The Influence of Modernity on Traditional Indian Architecture

By |2024-01-05T12:54:15+01:00December 1st 2022|

Traditional architecture is crucial in adapting to geographical conditions. However, modern materials have become a more popular choice for the masses. According to Farha Shermin and Mainak Gosh, lacking a thorough understanding of both types has led to a confusing typology.

Risk and Crisis Management

The Impact of Heat Waves and Heat Action Plans in South Asia

By |2024-01-04T16:37:03+01:00October 18th 2022|

Heat waves have become a global phenomenon, but in South Asia the situation is worsening due to climate change. Rohit Magotra on the silent climate disaster and the importance of heat action plans in India and beyond.

Young Voices

My Biggest Question to You

By |2024-01-04T16:26:23+01:00August 11th 2022|

14-year-old climate activist and member of the BBC's 100 Most Influential and Powerful Women, Ridhima Pandey, on her hometown and what inspires her to work every day for a better and greener future for all.

AFFORDABLE CITIES

Affordable New Delhi: Developments, Challenges, and Opportunities

By |2024-01-04T15:48:40+01:00July 14th 2022|

Changing discourses have characterised New Delhi's housing policy over time. Piyush Tiwari and Jyoti Shukla outline developments and call onto the public and private housing institutions to provide equal access to decent and affordable housing.

AFFORDABLE CITIES

Making Cities Inclusive for Marginalised and Climate Vulnerable Populations

By |2024-01-04T15:48:54+01:00July 12th 2022|

The world today needs solutions, to eradicate poverty in a holistic and sustainable manner. They lie in better technology, affordable finance, and induced market linkages. All these are factors that can be incentivised through city governments, argue Huda Jaffer and Nirmita Chandrashekar, emphasising that the poor should be part of the solution and not the problem.

URBAN LABS AND INNOVATION

JAGA MISSION – Transforming Lives, Leaderships, and Liveability

By |2024-01-04T15:42:31+01:00April 21st 2022|

The Indian state of Odisha has initiated a slum upgrading programme that acknowledges residents as city makers. Preeti Prada Panigrahi presents its advantages and successes.

Thinking Together Urbanisation and Agriculture: What do Farmers do Under Rapid Urban Growth?

By |2024-01-04T15:12:47+01:00November 11th 2021|

The global debate on agriculture under urbanisation has often focused a priori on the replacement of agricultural uses by built-up space. It thereby often overlooks new opportunities for agriculture at the urban periphery.

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