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  • The Great FSI Debate: Use FSI in a holistic manner.

    Density is good for any city for several reasons: better connectivity, smaller carbon footprint and more improved mixed-used development. And Mumbai stands at an advantage for all these reasons but we are still getting it wrong. The density has never been used as planning tool...

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  • The Great FSI Debate: Benefits of Urban Density

    Mumbai is one of the most populated cities in the world living on a tiny footprint, as compared to its international peers. The statistics and unique and shocking- a FSI or living space/household of 2.8 sqm and public open-space/ person less than 1sqm. Mumbai’s  current...

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  • The Great FSI Debate: FSI versus Quality of Life

    Floor Space Index is a tool for optimum ‘land consumption’ and ‘building density’. There is an on-going discussion about vertical cities and increasing FSI three or four times in India cities, which are primarily cities ‘ground level cities’ till now. To do judicious and optimum...

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  • Why small towns are lagging behind?

    There are 4,378 urban centres that have the 285 million urban citizens of the country. Of these there are 35 cities that have more than 1 million people and together account for 107.88 million people. That means the remaining 177.12 million or more than half of the...

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  • Live: Highlights from Indian Budget 2013 for the Urban Infrastructure Sector

    #budget2013 #infra #Cities Live Highlights from the Indian budget for the urban infrastructure sector. [View the story " #budget2013 #infra #Cities" on Storify]

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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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  • Vinayak Bharne on “The Emerging Asian City”

    Vinayak Bharne is the Director of Design at Moule & Polyzoides in Los Angeles, one of the founding firms of the New Urbanism movement; and a joint faculty of urbanism and planning at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and the School of Architecture...

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  • Has JNNURM succeeded in addressing urban poverty?

    Ignorance is not bliss! – for Small and Medium Cities towards addressing urban poverty through JNNURM Pan-India ONE solution for Urban Poverty is failing. We have seen it in JNNURM and shall see it again in Rajiv Awas Yojana. Small and Medium cities are facing the...

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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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  • Monument in motion

    photo credit: Rafa http://www.micamara.es Jantar Mantar, over the past two decades, has offered numerous reflections on the complex intersection of history, protest, place and democracy. Witnessing innumerable performances of protest — not simply as modes of political expression, but also manifestations of the democratic success...

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