Mumbai floods : what happens when cities sacrifice ecology for development

  • By: Anshuman Gupta
  • Posted on September 4, 2017

by Prof Harini Nagendra; originally published in dt 2 Sep 2017. As the storm that was hurricane Harvey deluged the areas around Houston, Texas, large parts of northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh also experienced heavy rains. And the Read more ››


Truth About Urban Flooding : Cities like Mumbai get inundated regularly due to administrative apathy, not climate change

  • By: Anshuman Gupta
  • Posted on September 2, 2017

by Asit K Biswas, Udisha Saklani and Cecilia Tortajada, originally published in The Times of India dt 31 Aug 2017; republished with permission. While tropical storm Harvey in Texas has grabbed more international attention, flooding in South Asia has been quite severe: already a Read more ››


Public design in India. A last priority

  • By: Anshuman Gupta
  • Posted on August 7, 2017

By Yogesh Dandekar A big announcement came in the newspaper. Railway station wayfinding signs are being designed by a Design School. Promising news and a good idea. What you see here is a snap shot of work being done. This sign is finalised and installed. Read more ››

A boy jumps from a water pipe into a canal as temperatures soar in New Delhi. Access to clean and regular water remains a challenge for India’s capital. Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

New Delhi is running out of water

  • By: Anshuman Gupta
  • Posted on July 14, 2017

by Asit K. Biswas, Udisha Saklani and Cecilia Tortajada, originally published in dt July 11, 2017. Re-published with permission. As summer temperatures soar above 40°C in New Delhi, acute water shortages are gripping parts of India’s Read more ››


Climate alert : Cry for greenery — Urban heat islands could sap us

  • By: Anshuman Gupta
  • Posted on July 4, 2017

by Harini Nagendra, originally published in The Asian Age dt 29 June; re-published with permissions. By 2030, India is expected to be the fastest urbanising country in the world. How sustainable is this growth? We read daily reports of cities struggling under the onslaught of Read more ››


The smart city-state: Why smart city initiatives must go beyond just technology

  • By: Anshuman Gupta
  • Posted on July 4, 2017

As countries around the world seek innovative solutions to urban challenges, Cecilia Tortajada and Cheryl Wong take a look at Singapore’s efforts to build a sustainable city through public engagement. Originally published in Policy Forum dt June 23, 2017. Re-published with Read more ››


Nature in the City – Bengaluru in the Past, Present and Future

  • By: Anshuman Gupta
  • Posted on February 9, 2017

Book excerpt from Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present and Future by Harini Nagendra. Originally published in ; re-published with permission. Read more ››

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Smart pedestrian movement : Improving walkability for Smart Cities

  • By: Vaidehi Rajpat
  • Posted on January 26, 2017

by Vaidehi Raipat, Research Associate, Foundation of Indian Cities. Making the World’s Growing Cities into a pedestrian friendly space is one of the most important needs of the present era. Read more ››


Infrastructure deficit: Built to last or built too fast?

  • By: Anshuman Gupta
  • Posted on May 12, 2016

by Prof Asit Biswas and Kris Hartley, originally published in The Economic Times dt 07 May 2016, re-published with permissions. Two recent infrastructure failures tell a story of contrasting growth paths. The collapse of an under-construction flyover in Kolkata drew attention to Read more ››


What Makes A 21st Century City Smart

  • By: Anshuman Gupta
  • Posted on April 11, 2016

by Sanjeev Sanyal, originally published in, re-published with permissions. Cities have never had it so good. More than half of the world’s population already lives in cities and indications are that over two-thirds will be urbanized by the middle of the Read more ››

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