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Urban informal livelihoods should be on the New Urban Agenda: Expert

Urban informal livelihoods should be on the New Urban Agenda, said Professor Martha Chen from Harvard Kennedy School at an event ‘Women’s Economic and Social Rights in India: ‘Exp

And the city softly sings the blues

India is a largely rural country with 68 percent of its population living in villages. As per the 2011 census, approximately 32 percent of the population or 38 crore people stay in cities. This fig

Rural India leads growth in mobile internet users

 The number of mobile internet users in India is estimated to reach around 420 million by June 2017, with rural India growing at a much higher rate than urban India. Till December 20

Feeding yourself in the city of the future: Food as urban sovereignty

We rarely think of food as a viewpoint. We understand the world of food, but not so much its worldview. Everything that we consider as food has a rich context that’s one part history, one par

Moving beyond weekend entertainment and global tourism

Two conversations in two different countries with two different people unearthed a fundamental question about leisure and relaxation. I was in Singapore last month and was travelling by train with

Rethinking shelter for people and communities

In the final analysis almost all of politics and most of economics are connected to three critical human needs: food, clothing and shelter. In India we know it quite intimately having seeped deep i

Moving people, not cars: The future of mobility and urban life

The recent tragedy at the Elphinstone Road suburban railway overpass in Mumbai is a symptom of a larger and deep-rooted malaise that can directly be traced back to the way we see our city as segmen

Amaravati: Some lessons from Singapore

Farmers from villages of Amaravati are visiting Singapore for an on-the-ground study of developmental programmes there. They have an opportunity to see how land bought from them by the Andhra P

Energy as the new value system for redesigning daily life

Remember Kardashev scale? For the uninitiated, it’s a method of measuring a civilization’s level of technological advancement, based on the amount of energy it is able to use for commun



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