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How policymakers are accountable for air pollution deaths in India
India

How policymakers are accountable for air pollution deaths in India

We have quietly endured the inability of our governments to provide us with basic amenities such as clean air and potable water

Urban 2.0: How to build future-ready Indian cities with a ‘whole of society’ approach
India

Urban 2.0: How to build future-ready Indian cities with a ‘whole of society’ approach

Indian model of urban planning is heavily borrowed from the American models. Car-based city expansion models would not remain relevant in the Indian context in future

As Ease of Living Index 2020 is released, a look at the relevance of 'liveability' in India, and what it entails
India

As Ease of Living Index 2020 is released, a look at the relevance of 'liveability' in India, and what it entails

While the EOL Index provides a good comparative benchmark to promote healthy competition among cities, urban India needs a much more disaggregated index at the ward or zonal level to prepare local area action plans and to promote citizens' participation in the urban development process.

Indian cities may not be sprawling, but their density is a major concern especially in a pandemic
India

Indian cities may not be sprawling, but their density is a major concern especially in a pandemic

This pandemic sounds an alarm about the consequences of inefficient planning and management of cities and poses an opportunity to rethink and rebuild the areas that are most important to the country’s growth

An architecture student's vision for a greener Mumbai: Urban water bodies and their correlation with the city's functioning
India

An architecture student's vision for a greener Mumbai: Urban water bodies and their correlation with the city's functioning

With various factors at play that impact urban lakes, a broader understanding is necessary in planning for urban water bodies.

How public spaces could be customised to suit the post COVID-19 world: Read in new comic by the Leewardists
Lifestyle

How public spaces could be customised to suit the post COVID-19 world: Read in new comic by the Leewardists

The Leewardists' latest comic looks at designers' attempts around the globe to shape existing public spaces to fit into the post-COVID-19 world's mould.

Post-pandemic cities: Will changes wrought by coronavirus outbreak on urban structures be the 'new normal'?
Lifestyle

Post-pandemic cities: Will changes wrought by coronavirus outbreak on urban structures be the 'new normal'?

How might cities change as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and start heading towards a new life on the other side of the lockdown? Read Leewardists' latest comic, on Firstpost.

Do we need architects after the coronavirus outbreak? A comic strip about post-pandemic urban planning
Life

Do we need architects after the coronavirus outbreak? A comic strip about post-pandemic urban planning

While medical teams were battling the novel coronavirus day in and out; economies crashed and markets suffered, some of the evil minds from the real estate industry were rejoicing. Read Leewardists' latest comic panel, on Firstpost.

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.

Ragpickers at Mumbai's Deonar, despite being 'unsung heroes of sustainability', battle garbage mafia and state apathy
India

Ragpickers at Mumbai's Deonar, despite being 'unsung heroes of sustainability', battle garbage mafia and state apathy

At the Deonar dumping ground, it is easy to find many children who grow up in the garbage — the unregulated industry of child ragpickers is on the rise.

Chandigarh slum residents languish on city outskirts as houses promised under govt scheme are yet to be handed over
India

Chandigarh slum residents languish on city outskirts as houses promised under govt scheme are yet to be handed over

Two deadlines, the first 2010 and the second March 2017, to make Le Corbusier’s beautiful city slum-free have come and gone.

Dal Lake in distress: Kashmir's iconic attraction is facing a slow death by sewage as politicians look the other way
Politics

Dal Lake in distress: Kashmir's iconic attraction is facing a slow death by sewage as politicians look the other way

Though the Jammu and Kashmir government claims it makes all efforts to preserve the Dal Lake in Srinagar, there is little proof of effective implementation on the ground of cleanup projects.

In Gaya, world’s fourth most polluted city, political apathy keeps environmental degradation from becoming an election issue
India

In Gaya, world’s fourth most polluted city, political apathy keeps environmental degradation from becoming an election issue

In Gaya, world’s fourth most polluted city, political and administrative apathy keeps environmental degradation from becoming an election issue as successive municipal corporations take no note of people's deteriorating health due to the worsening air quality.

Firstpost Conversations | How liveable are our urban centres?
India

Firstpost Conversations | How liveable are our urban centres?

On the first episode of #FirstpostConversations, our host Rupali Mehra asks urban planner Lubaina Rangwala, BJP MLA Ashish Shelar and author Amrita Mahale if our cities can be qualified as liveable. From the need for sustainable development to the importance of citizen participation, we speak about the factors that affect the quality of life of India's urban citizen, but are largely missing from our political discourse.

Conditions in Jammu highlight the sewage crisis underlying our Swachh Bharat
science

Conditions in Jammu highlight the sewage crisis underlying our Swachh Bharat

India has the capacity to treat only 37 percent of the sewage generated in urban areas.

Mumbai to get India's first parking authority; body to include BMC officials, traffic police and civil society representatives
India

Mumbai to get India's first parking authority; body to include BMC officials, traffic police and civil society representatives

The BMC is expected to soon appoint urban development experts to create a Geographic Information System (GIS) map and a comprehensive database of all parking slots.

Uber launches 'Movement' in four Indian cities to help with data-driven urban planning
News & Analysis

Uber launches 'Movement' in four Indian cities to help with data-driven urban planning

The tool uses "anonymised data from millions of trips" taken through its platform and can help planners and policymakers to analyse transportation patterns

After Cape Town, Bengaluru set to face major water crisis: Atrocious state of Bellandur Lake a result of apathy by authorities
India

After Cape Town, Bengaluru set to face major water crisis: Atrocious state of Bellandur Lake a result of apathy by authorities

In the 1970s, Bengaluru boast of about 285 lakes; today there are just a little over 190, most of which are polluted with raw sewage.

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

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