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Heritage Conservation in the Emerging Indian City – III – Conservation Regulations and Urban Planning: In Retrospect and Prospect

The interface of heritage conservation and an effective legislation/regulation framework to enable and support it remains a perplexing question in the context of Indian cities. This discussion seeks to examine three key related questions: How effective have conservation regulations been over the past 25 years in India? Where have the specific successes and shortcoming been […]

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Built Beautiful – An Architecture & Neuroscience Love Story

Built Beautiful is a feature length documentary movie that examines how neuroscience defines healing environments. The movie features leading experts from around the world in the emerging field of neuro-aesthetics as well as academics, researchers, architects, and interior designers. It is the brainchild of noted architect Donald H. Ruggles. Neuroscience gives architects a new lens […]

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Architecture in Transition: Toward a New Urban Agenda

In the last few years, major new international agreements have challenged environmental designers to place a greater focus on human health, ecology and well-being, particularly in urban contexts. The New Urban Agenda, adopted by acclamation by all 193 member states of the United Nations, is also closely related to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Leading researchers and authors will discuss what […]

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Architecture in Transition: New Findings from the Sciences

In the last few years, surprising new developments in neuroscience, environmental psychology, biology, mathematics, and other fields have begun to challenge designers to think differently about their role, particularly as we seek to transition to a world of healthier and more resilient environments. Science reveals the essential geometrical and sensorial qualities that create spaces promoting […]

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The Financialisation of Chinese Cities & the Real Estate Industry

The rapid Chinese urbanisation process has been admired, much studies but perhaps still less understood than one would like.  Of particular interest in this process has been the phenomenon often described as financialisation and the nexus of land, urban finance and governance and the real estate industry, which by some estimates, may contribute as much […]

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Climate Emergency: How safe or Vulnerable Indian coastal Cities are??

Cities are considered the engines of growth with bursting economic activities, thanks to the competitive/extractive growth models adopted in India. The nation’s wealth is concentrated in cities. The population density is steeply rising disproportionate to the available land space. Besides, the cities in India are already very heavily stressed due to huge waste generation (solid, […]