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Business of Sanitation

Reinventing urban sanitation through innovation Over half the world currently does not have access to safe sanitation, meaning they have a dirty unsafe toilet or no toilet at all, waste is left exposed and untreated, and disease can run rampant. Sanitation systems have been considered a costly public responsibility; however, this is strongly linked to […]

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People’s Participation in City Planning: Bottom-up planning; Participatory Design; Consultative Practice – How do we generate inclusive and people-centric cities?

Delhi Development Authority is in the process of preparing the new master plan which will be applicable for a 20 year period from 2021- 41. As of March 2021,  Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has organized very limited online public consultations where citizens, CSOs, and campaigns could raise their voices. These public consultations are a great […]

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Shelter, Protection and Gender

6 Stories of Female Architects Designing for Women and Children As long as the architectural profession stays largely impregnated by gender disparity and that humanitarian architecture is only a small part of the mainstream career path, we should pursue every effort to showcase what can shift this reality. As new challenges arise, with mass displacements, […]

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Humanitarian Architecture

 Why is it Relevant in a Post-Covid World? Never has the demand been so urgent for architects to respond to the design and planning challenges of rebuilding post-disaster sites and cities. In 2019, more people were displaced by natural disasters than by wars and armed conflicts. And yet the number of architects equipped to deal […]

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Urban Poverty in Contemporary Cities- Day 2

The Determining Role of Land Policies and Instruments Discussions on urban poverty revolve around specific sites such as squatter settlements, resettlement colonies or public spaces that poorer groups use for their livelihoods.  These discussions have focussed on the difficulties that poorer groups have to access housing and/or work to generate an income. Housing is dominantly […]

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Urban Poverty in Contemporary Cities- Day 1

The Determining Role of Land Policies and Instruments Discussions on urban poverty revolve around specific sites such as squatter settlements, resettlement colonies or public spaces that poorer groups use for their livelihoods.  These discussions have focussed on the difficulties that poorer groups have to access housing and/or work to generate an income. Housing is dominantly […]

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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 […]

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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 […]