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Redevelopment plans for Dharavi are focused on high rises. COVID-19 crisis underlines critics' concerns about blinkered approach
Lifestyle

Redevelopment plans for Dharavi are focused on high rises. COVID-19 crisis underlines critics' concerns about blinkered approach

In the post-COVID world, how much would design and structural modifications in places like Dharavi, contribute to bringing about substantial change in the living conditions of people living in overcrowded slums? Journalist and researcher Dipti Nagpaul explores.

Inside 'Lovely Villa': The homes we build are witnesses to our lives
long-reads

Inside 'Lovely Villa': The homes we build are witnesses to our lives

Lovely Villa, a housing complex in Mumbai built by architect extraordinaire Charles Correa, was more than just a building. It was a microcosm of a secular nation, a notion of ideal living, and a repository of memories past and future for its residents. Rohan Shivkumar and Avijit Mukul Kishore's documentary on it looks at how it represented making order out of chaos, both in the political and personal sense.

India’s widening regional divide: Prosperous states should care for poor counterparts to maintain economic balance
Business

India’s widening regional divide: Prosperous states should care for poor counterparts to maintain economic balance

If India is to prosper, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are among the key states that need to raise their game

No country for playful children: Why Indian cities need to get serious about play time
Life

No country for playful children: Why Indian cities need to get serious about play time

Until spaces are designated for children — including those who live on the streets or in urban slums — to play, menacing places like railway tracks or riverbeds will continue to serve as playgrounds.

How to build a queer city: Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru could take a cue from mid-19th century Berlin
Life

How to build a queer city: Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru could take a cue from mid-19th century Berlin

In India, where Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalises gay sex, a thwarted community has managed to survive, protest with a song and dance, throw parties, and crawl under the sheets whenever it pleases

Open spaces in Indian cities must be viewed as essential community resources, not a luxury
Life

Open spaces in Indian cities must be viewed as essential community resources, not a luxury

Open or public spaces — a city’s streets, parks, waterfronts, squares, maidans, chowks — are necessary breathers which provide vibrant locations for public encounter, and facilitate a civic culture

Could emulating China's 'sponge cities' help prevent the worst of flooding in urban India?
Life

Could emulating China's 'sponge cities' help prevent the worst of flooding in urban India?

Cities in India, with their impermeable surfaces, blocked drains, and rampant construction on lake beds and other water bodies, have metamorphosed into water-resistant barriers, prone to flooding.

Elphinstone Bridge stampede is a reminder of role good urban design can play in averting tragedies
Life

Elphinstone Bridge stampede is a reminder of role good urban design can play in averting tragedies

Footbridges in India, often hastily-constructed passages of narrow proportions and tacky design, evoke nether awe or oration | #ByDesign | #FWeekend

On Rabindra Jayanti, a plea for recovering our civilisational inheritance
Life

On Rabindra Jayanti, a plea for recovering our civilisational inheritance

Rabindranath Tagore has his uses, other than making us stand as one of his songs is sung.

MIT releases software to help cities get better not just bigger
News & Analysis

MIT releases software to help cities get better not just bigger

Most of the world now lives in cities, but that doesn't mean that cities are great places to live. MIT has released a new open-source urban planning toolbox that it hopes will mean cities are just larger but also more liveable.

MIT releases software to help cities get better not just bigger
Tech

MIT releases software to help cities get better not just bigger

Most of the world now lives in cities, but that doesn't mean that cities are great places to live. MIT has released a new open-source urban planning toolbox that it hopes will mean cities are just larger but also more liveable.