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Tao of Alternative architecture

Paraphrasing Cobb from Inception the movie— “What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient… highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed – fully understood – that sticks; right in there somewhere.” In this […]


Planning Education and Profession in the Global South

In the global south, particularly in countries like India, Indonesia and a few others, we are witnessing a paradoxical situation, where, despite rapid urbanization and higher vulnerabilities due to poverty and climate change, the role of planners and planning professionals have been declining steadily. With about 8000 towns and cities and about 400 million residents, India […]


Sector based Pooled Finance Mechanisms for Urban Infra Financing

Background: The urbanisation process in India is the defining trend of the economic growth and there is an associate rising demand for investments in urban infrastructure. However, the urban infrastructure in India is facing chronic shortages in investments and inadequate Operation and Maintenance (O&M), which has led to problems such as inadequate service coverage, inequitable […]


Cities and Women Informal Workers

  Anchor- Executive Trustee, Mahila Housing SEWA Trust Panelists- Co-ordinator, National Platform of Domestic Workers and SEWA Kerala International Coordinator, HomeNet South Asia Co-founder, Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat and SWaCH National Secretary, SEWA   The vast majority of urban workers in India today (nearly 80 per cent) are informally employed. The urban informal workforce […]


City Planning and Urban Informal Livelihoods

India in Comparative Perspective   Anchor- Senior Advisor, WIEGO | Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School Panelists- Global Focal Cities Coordinator, WIEGO India Country Representative, WIEGO Director, Mahila Housing SEWA Trust Senior Lead – Academics & Research, IIHS   The vast majority of urban workers in India today (nearly 80 per cent) are informally employed. The urban informal workforce is engaged in a wide range of […]