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Why Building Resilient Cities is important for the future?

– by Arti Choudhary Stronger storms and typhoons, frequent flooding, historic heatwaves, higher sea levels, these are just some of the potential impacts of climate change. Asia’s population is currently 4.54 Billion (that is around 60% of the world’s population) and accounting that India’s population 1.34 Billion. Many cities in India suffer from chronic stresses like traffic, pollution, flooding and uncollected waste. They also have to cope with increasing intensity and frequency of extreme weather events. Climate change further heightens the pressures already straining urban areas. Access to potable water, affordable housing, and urban poverty are only some of the problems in cities. Due to the wide impacts, climate change has a multiplying effect on these stresses. Thereby exposin...

The solution to today’s urbanization issues lies in our glorious architectural heritage: Mitu Mathur

The ruins of Indus Valley Civilization established one thing for sure, that India’s knowledge about urban planning was way ahead of its peers. However, be it the curse of colonization or the short-sightedness of the governments post-independence that we Indians completely messed up when it came to developing world-class cities. Today, due to the pressure created by the increasing population, we need to develop planned cities, says Ms. Mitu Mathur, Director, Gian P. Mathur – Architects & Planners. While discussing the need for sustainable development with Team RealtyMyths, Ms. Mathur emphasized on the need for long-term planning and execution. Here are the excerpts of the interaction. RM: India, being a developing economy, is facing the problem of acute urbanization. The existing ...

Importance of Urban Planning Amidst Rising Environmental Peril

The world is moving from predominantly rural living to urban living. While on one hand, this has increased the density of population in urban locales, it has also created the substantial strain on natural resources, forests, ground water and quality of air making humans squarely at odds with the rest of nature in a constant struggle to extract more & more form it. This transition has made the quality of the city’s infrastructure – its housing, electricity, roads, waste management, drinking water, flood defences and so forth very important, as it largely determines the quality of life, for the residents. It also largely determines the city’s resilience to environmental hazards but more importantly to the social order and general well being of its residence. It is well known that cities ...

Urban Planning – How difficult it is to plan an already settled city

The dogged difficulty in converting the existing cities in India into “SMART Cities” and the fundamental challenges around the implementation of “Swach Bharat” in spite of the overarching political will, clearly highlights the challenges of undoing the erstwhile badly implemented urban plans. The world’s population is becoming increasingly urban and there is also the challenges of uneven population concentration triggered in parts due to the failure of providing sufficient social & economic incentives to limit population migrations from rural & semi-urban areas to already overcrowded urban oasis. In fact, cities grow in three ways, which can be difficult to distinguish: through migration, the natural growth of the city’s population; and the reclassification of nearby non-urban dist...

Dealing with the Urban Clutter

Anushree Ghosh If people start settling like mushrooms, then chaos will grab humanity in a way that is still unknown. Thus, we need urban/town planning for strategizing the settlements so that the new built balances natural resources, cultural needs, community requirements and economic sustainability.  Planners must make sure that the physical surroundings support the growth of vivacious communities.  The urban areas are constantly expanding due to social and economic changes. “Planning is concerned with relationships between society and space; being integrative; managing processes of change through deliberate and positive action; involving the allocation of limited resources; and requiring appropriate administrative and legal frameworks for implementing actions.” The Quality Assurance Age...

Noida or Gurgaon: Let the Better Urban Planning Win

“Urban Planning is critical, its importance can be seen at NCR’s two main cities, Noida and Gurgaon. Their basic infrastructures and the town planning differ a lot. On one hand Gurgaon suffers with regular traffic logjam even in a slightest of the rain, Noida, on the other hand, enjoys wide sector roads and proper sewer systems” Kriti Singh Delhi NCR has always been one of the prime real estate markets in India. The location has its own advantages. Apart from being the hub of all political activities, it is a cluster of major cities which, together house offices of almost all the major companies operating in India. Though NCR is expanded to many miles, it is primarily five cities which comprise the majority of its operations. The cities are Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Faridaba...

Gurgaon: Yet to become a Millennium City

“Till two decades ago, Gurgaon had a proper sewer management system with four natural water bodies. But the race to become Millennium City killed it all. The developers did not understand the value of natural water reservoirs and drainage systems. They covered the drainage, filled all the water bodies, covered every inch for any possible development” Santosh Sinha Yet again it rained, yet again Gurgaon got blocked! The situation is worsening year after year. This time, even the administration surrendered, asking commuters from other cities to refrain from entering Gurgaon, the so-called ‘Millennium City’. Schools are closed, government offices are shut, and holidays have been declared, still, no concrete step was taken to solve the real issue.  A mere 2 hours of rain brought th...

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