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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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  • The perfect is the enemy of the good!

    photo credit: Emmanuel Dyan Recently I had an opportunity to participate in two engaging dialogues. One, a presentation by Patricia Clarke Annez on her paper- Ahmedabad – Building a Liveable City for all and the second, ‘Dreams and Planning’ delivered by architect and urban and regional planner Prof. Edgar F. N....

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  • Portland: Nature in the City

    It was a conscious effort by the planners and citizens of Portland and Oregon to not become sprawling like its southern neighbors or be completely rural like its eastern neighbors, and hence the city is an effort to keep a middle ground between these two...

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