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  • Photo Blog : Leader Study Program : Spain 2015

    Our Annual forum to explore innovations in Urbanism was held in Barcelona & Madrid in Spain this year. We explored some of the renowned city-building models from Spain that has come to become benchmarks of innovation worldwide. These Spanish cities are probably among best urban...

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  • High Street is the best way to encourage local entrepreneurship & “Make in India” Strategy!

    High street retail encourages local entrepreneurs. You’ll find much more participation of local businesses, innovative businesses which are actually run by people who are living in that neighbourhood or in that city rather than just having all shopping belonging to people who can only be...

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  • We build communities not buildings or malls.

    The reason we have never built malls is because our focus has never been on individual building. Our focus has always been on creating communities and great places to live. So when we develop clusters of buildings you have to look at what is relevant...

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  • Corbusier’s Modern Architecture Cult destroyed the Vibrant City Life!

    If you see the old cities in India they have always encouraged high street shopping. But in the newer cities because of the changes in code and zoning; they have discouraged shopping from most residential streets as they thought it will create congestion or inconvenience...

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  • SK Das : The dichotomy of Gurgaon

    SK Das: In the course of his career, he has gained renown as an award-winning architect, urban planner, and professor. To Mr. Das these are not entirely disparate fields, but disciplines that need to come into conversation with each other again if India is to...

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  • Malls are a nightmare for a city!

    A mall typically is in an isolated place away from a high street and typically has a large car park area. People drive in from miles. They don’t walk to the mall, they drive to the mall, park their cars in this huge car...

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  • SK Das : The Shared City!

    On HABITAT URBAN TRANSFORMATION LAB HabitatUTLab seeks to engage in research, exploration, projects, activism, creative interventions, assertions in the process of transformation of cities, and education that challenges the foundations of contemporary urban thinking. We see planning and urban design as an instrument of change. We...

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  • Surendra Hiranandani: Why malls are signs of a failed City!

    If you take away the high street shopping and put them into malls, you are taking away the life and soul of all street life which is the most essential factor in making a city look beautiful, look lively, look happening and be happening. Malls...

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  • Placemaking as a winning Real-estate development Strategy:

    ” A Great Public Space the new Anchor tenant” : Ethan Kent , PPS, NYC In today’s competitive real estate market, the key factor that affects people’s real-estate choice is the quality of life & amenities of a place. The place one lives in can impact...

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  • Learning from New York: Leaders Study Program 2013

    A sneek peek into a amazingly inspiring week in New York 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/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); The Leaders Study Retreat ,...

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