Heritage Archive

  • Religion and Urban Transformation – A Conversation with Vinayak Bharne

    Following his 24-chapter edited volume, The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities and Urbanisms, Los Angeles based urbanist Vinayak Bharne’s co-authored book Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture and Urbanism of India opens a refreshing and provocative dialogue on the presence and role of Hindu...

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  • Cultural / Civic Entrepreneurs Forum: Enliven the community spaces

    The Cultural / Civic Entrepreneurs Forum is aimed at highlighting initiatives that have the potential to stimulate and enliven the public and community spaces of the city. Great places are not just an outcome of design but management , programming & Community Engagement & enabling social...

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  • My Big Idea for cities in 2012: Indian cities as a continuum of a culture and a civilization

    photo credit: rickbradley “When you know that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing, when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods but in favours, when you see that men get rich...

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  • Stemming corruption

    A friend recently threw out the juicy question of how we can help improve government transparency and accountability in India. Here are my thoughts on how Indian democracy needs improvement towards that end. And raising the ugly head of corruption in this discussion is all too inevitable.

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  • How should we perceive the “Indian City”

    PERCEPTION noun 1. the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept [syn: percept] WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University. In the quest for progressive and developing approaches to design, it becomes essential to begin at the root of the process of...

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  • The Crawford Market Makeover Drama

    The re-development plan for the Crawford Market, which is one of Mumbai’s prized heritage structures, has created a huge controversy. Battle lines are being drawn between the heritage activists and the “pro-development” lobby. Clearly, the Crawford market redevelopment has to be has to be done in...

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  • Expert Diary : Commentators