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  • Photo Blog : Leader Study Program : London 2014

    We have had a super inspiring week in London meeting key leaders and studying transformative urbanism ideas from the city. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script',...

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  • Can we first fix our Viewing Lens?

    A few years ago, when my dissertation topic for the planning course at Development Planning Unit, UCL London looked at the newly launched JNNURM through a theoretical framework of ‘social justice’, it was not only interesting to learn the findings of the study, but was...

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  • Prefabricated Technologies- Future of Construction

    photo credit: V31S70 India is a land of opportunities; opportunities for those people who want to contribute their efforts in providing better quality affordable housing solutions. With such a high density of people in urban areas along with huge pressure on natural resources; it is a pertinent...

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  • Regional governance in Canada

    photo credit: Camera Eye Photography‘ . . Canada is the leading former British colony – that leads even its former British ruler – in the introduction and use of integrated regional systems. As such it has realized benefits that have eluded others. This article will discuss its...

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  • Portland hosts a Young Indian Leader to study the region’s Urban Innovations

    The Portland Metro, Oregon , USA is hosting a Mid-Career Professional from India through the Young Urban Leaders (YUL) Fellowship program organized by The Urban Vision in collaboration with Portland Metro. The program promotes solution driven insights and ideas to address the pressing urban...

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  • Mumbai : A monument to unnecessary infrastructure

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  • Definition of Sustainability in Hinduism

    As an urban planner with conscious heart toward sustainability I always try to find its core idea that leads to the path towards sustainable development. Is it the need of the hour due to environment degradation? Is it the recent fad? what makes our fraternity...

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  • My big idea for cities in 2012: Cities with Shared Pod Car Systems

    Pod Cars are automated driverless vehicles that will operate on traditional roadways creating personal rapid transit systems” * use contributes to carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and hydrocarbon emissions * are expensive and if not shared typically are parked for most of there lifetime * uses of cars are...

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  • My big idea for cities in 2012: Social impact bonds, Outcomes-based permitting, Public Spaces

    I have three ideas: . 1. Social impact bonds. Leveraging public dollars with private / nonprofit innovation and accountability. . 2. Outcomes-based permitting. Offering greater flexibility in urban design in order to stimulate private investment. . 3. Reclamation of government owned land for public space. Using vacant space (e.g., alleyways, utility...

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  • On Anti-Corruption Movement

    Having been associated with the real estate industry earlier on in my career, I had to deal with immense level of corruption first hand. I had to see that bribes needed to be paid at various levels to get approvals at every stage of the...

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