Urbanism Archive

  • 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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  • Life Between Buildings

    Architects begin with programs for building. The program is measurable, quantifiable, a finite entity (something that accountants love). But life is about aspirations, hope, joy and expression. All things immeasurable, non quantifiable but connected to our feelings. Ultimately we are what we are by how we feel. Seemingly impossible tasks can be achieved if we feel that we can achieve them. Can building programs, can buildings reveal the richness of life? Is it the building or is it the space it contains or is it the experience of form, space and light which elicits responses deep within us? How does one synthesise the measurable and the immeasurable

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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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  • INDUTOPIA: REMARKS ON THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY INDIAN CITY

    INDUTOPIA: REMARKS ON THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY INDIAN CITY

    India is a place where complexity and chaos are embraced as key ingredients in the warp and weft of the urban fabric. Indian culture also embraces patience. She has waited, and can wait: the still center around which a whorl of change and continuity, parochialism...

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  • Expert Diary : Commentators