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Government should take care of MSME sector

It’s not an exaggeration if we say that Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector is the backbone of our economy. Its significance is...

COVID punctures revival hopes of realty sector

The downcycle in Indian residential property sector seems to be unending and perpetual. Now in its seventh year of downcycle, the sector has seen...

Dharavi proves higher density not an issue

Dharavi in Mumbai is considered to be the largest slum in Asia and a month ago it was considered to be the COVID-19 hotspot....

We need to sort out migrant labour issues urgently

The Coronavirus outbreak has not only brought out deficiencies in our healthcare infrastructure but also has highlighted the issue of migrant workers. Most of...

World Environment Day 2020 is biodiversity

This year, the theme of World Environment Day is biodiversity – a concern that is both urgent and existential. Recent events, from bushfires in...

Government should take care of MSME sector

It’s not an exaggeration if we say that Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector is the backbone of our economy. Its significance is nothing less than that of agriculture sector as it helps...

COVID punctures revival hopes of realty sector

The downcycle in Indian residential property sector seems to be unending and perpetual. Now in its seventh year of downcycle, the sector has seen multiple rounds of disruptions over the years like demonetisation in...

Dharavi proves higher density not an issue

Dharavi in Mumbai is considered to be the largest slum in Asia and a month ago it was considered to be the COVID-19 hotspot. In fact, it was blamed for the spreading the virus...

We need to sort out migrant labour issues urgently

The Coronavirus outbreak has not only brought out deficiencies in our healthcare infrastructure but also has highlighted the issue of migrant workers. Most of them are employed in construction and related activities  where they...

World Environment Day 2020 is biodiversity

This year, the theme of World Environment Day is biodiversity – a concern that is both urgent and existential. Recent events, from bushfires in Brazil, the United States, and Australia to locust infestations across...

Take threat to biodiversity more seriously

Our ecosystems are increasingly being subjected to human-induced pressures, such as extractive use of goods, and increasing fragmentation and degradation of natural habitats. In the coming days, climate change will increasingly exacerbate these human...

Fight climate change to protect biodiversity

Environmentalists are not wrong in seeing a direct link between climate change and biodiversity. Though throughout the Earth’s history the climate has never remained the same and has always changed with ecosystems and species...

Use technology to prevent forest fire

Forest fire in Australia in September 2019 and one in California in 2018 have claimed millions of wild life and destroyed 7 million hectares of forest and grass land. India too is not new...

Control the pace of urbanisation

According to the latest data released by the government, 25 urban districts in states like Maharashtra, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Telangana are driving up daily positive rate of CVID-19...

‘Nexus Interiors’, World Interiors Day 2020

It is high time to think of energy-efficient interior designing (with social distancing) and be serious about conserving not only space but water and energy too. We are no longer dealing with the modernist gridded city...

RERA provisions need a closer scrutiny

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) has completed three years. Three years is sufficiently long period to judge the effectiveness of the law in bringing about the changes for which it...

Treat migrant workers with dignity & respect

Coronavirus breakout and the subsequent countrywide lockdown have brought the plight of migrant workers in the country to the fore. Small industrial establishments, factories, home-based employment, construction industry and domestic work are some of...

We need flexible infrastructure

While COVID-19 has claimed more than 1,500 lives in the country so far, it has also exposed so many shortcomings in our system. Yes, ours is a resource deficient state but that should not...

Widen the scope of CAMPA Fund utilisation

CAMPA Act or Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act was enacted with an objective to provide an appropriate institutional mechanism, both at the Centre and in each State and Union Territory, to ensure expeditious utilization in...

Climate Action should not go weak

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had projected a demand of Rs.4,295.44 crore for Budget Estimate 2020-21, against which an amount of Rs.3,100 crore has been allocated. The difference between the budgetary allocation...

We need to develop a new urban development model

In post COVID-19 period we will be exposed to some scenarios and issues for which it would be difficult to find a ready answer, especially in city planning sphere. After the lockdown is lifted...

COVID-19 Be ready for life after

More than 65,000 lives have been lost due to COVID-19 epidemic and still we have not been able win this war. Yes, ultimately we will win this war and there is no doubt about...

Why can’t we make lockdown an annual ritual?

In these days of lockdown one thing might not have gone unnoticed by many, that is, noise. For a change, it is not the noise of honking by the vehicles on the road nor...

CoA needs to revisit the definition of Architect

Recent judgment by the Supreme Court bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Ajay Rastogi that Section 37 of the Architects Act did not prohibit individuals not registered under the Architects Act from undertaking the...

Drastic steps needed to avoid water crisis

Water is the most essential input for our survival which is becoming increasingly scarce due to challenges of rising population, rapid urbanization, industrial growth, increasing water pollution and consequent increasing scarcity of Clean and...

COVID-19 may push us into recession

COVID-19 has now covered almost the whole world though in China its intensity has come down. If the situation continues like this for long where each country/region/locality is quarantining itself from the rest, we...

Make health impact assessment studies for urban projects mandatory

As the things stand today, COVID-19 is the worst thing to have happened to the mankind in this millennium. And unless something is done this may prove to be the worst thing that might...

International Women’s Day 2020

We hope you enjoyed reading our special feature on “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”, this International Women’s Day 2020 wherein we have tried to share series of articles, stories and interviews of...

International Women’s Day 2020

"An equal world is an enabled world". This International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme is drawn from a notion of “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. Generation Equality...??? Realising women's rights... ??? The reason why International women’s...

Ensure urbanisation doesn’t lead to Gentrification

One of the immediate effects of urbanisation and redevelopment is rising property values and gentrification. Rising property values as a result of urban development must benefit all residents. While gentrification offers an economic benefit...

Will we be spared of water rationing this summer?

Summer is hardly a month away and everyone is concerned about the heat and the water scarcity. While the first one is beyond the control of all of us, the second one is purely...

We need to become a circular economy fast

The amount of material consumed in the world has crossed 100bn tonnes per annum. Further, more than 40% of these materials are sand, clay, gravel and cement used for building. According to estimates, by...

Coronavirus puts additional responsibility on town planners

Coronavirus is playing havoc with human lives in China and it is spreading to other parts of the world, including India. The number of casualties, according to official sources, is crossing four figure mark...

Budget signals climate change but more actions needed

One of the highlights of the latest budget which is otherwise is a lack lustre one, is the time and space devoted for ‘Environment & Climate Change’ by the Finance Minister in her Budget...

The Budget should address concerns regarding Green Financing

India’s goal of sustainable GDP growth faces a formidable challenge in the form of climate change. According to a study, it’s estimated that global warming has caused the Indian economy to be 31 percent...

Real estate can sponsor city’s growth

Strong growth attracts more investment and its true in case of cities too. For a city which is recording strong growth its much easier to attract companies, people and capital than others and this...

To see tomorrow you have to start using yesterday’s materials

In India construction is the second largest profession, next only to agriculture. Construction being one of the important activities in the country our requirement of building material is also huge and in coming days...

Stakeholders need to be more sensitive towards CCA needs

Government’s own study has found that none of the national flagship programmes have an articulated position on Climate Change Adaption (CCA) or clear indicators to measure the extent of mainstreaming of these issues, and...

Let the 2020 be turning point in our life

We are entering the year 2020 with some bitter memories of year just gone by, i.e., 2019. By the way, we are not just entering new year but also a new decade. Therefore, its...

We need to take our heritage sites more seriously

Year 2019 was a year of mixed luck for the heritage lovers. There were some good as well as bad news on heritage front. However, the kind of risks our heritage sites are facing...

Can’t we find a solution to fire accidents in the buildings?

Another fire accident in a building has killed more than 40 people and this time it happened in Delhi. People who died were workers in an unauthorised factory and perhaps were the sole bread...

Promote investments in green buildings

Cities in India are expanding at a fast pace to keep up with high population growth and rapid urbanization. Researches show that the floor area of the buildings that dot our skylines is expected...

Urbanization should solve the problems of urban housing too

Urbanization in India is picking up pace and at this rate nearly half the population will be shifted to cities and towns in next 10-15 years. This is not India specific phenomenon and world...

Promote mud houses

India annually consumes more than 300 million tonnes of cement and out of this about 70% is used in construction of houses.  It is also said that nearly 70% of the houses which we...

Tourism of World Heritage Sites 

Most World Heritage sites are tourist destinations, and some are among the most iconic places on the planet. Take the case of Ahmedabad which was declared World Heritage City in 2017. Since then tourism...

There is lot to learn from intangible heritage

Though we have just 38 UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites (which is less compared to some of the European countries) there are innumerable unlisted heritage monuments in every part of the country. A nation's...

Welcome PPP only when it creates win-win situation

In the past investment in urban infrastructure by the private parties has been low due to relative lack of appreciation of heavy investment needs of urban infra. For example, according to government’s estimation in...

Vertical Gardens & Green Wall

“The most important quality of architecture is how it relates with a place on Earth and how it dignifies it. That’s why the architecture we admire the most, be it the product of an...

Make ECBC mandatory

Buildings account for more than one-third of the electricity consumption in India. At the same time,  the overall share of the commercial sector in India’s electricity consumption is 6.5 percent, growing at a rate...

Energy Swaraj: My Experiments with SOLAR Truth

Authored by: Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki Edited by: Bienu Verma Vaghela Author, strongly influenced by Gandhian ideals & principles, is in awe with Gandhiji’s writings & teachings, particularly his autobiography - The Story of my...

Cities should not happen, need to be planned

Cities of the future will be quite different from today. They will be different in their demographic composition, in their implementation of technology and in their wider ecological contexts. Therefore, the challenges of building...

Decode : The Smart City Concept

There is no international accepted definition of smart city. A smart city could be really different in any part of the world; what is applicable elsewhere may not be applicable in India. While in...

We need to focus on efficiency in resource consumption

Improvements in GDP and quality of life typically and naturally lead to increased resource consumption and its vice versa also usually holds water usually. It’s a common knowledge that as cities grow in terms...

Urban planning should include measures to combat GHG emissions 

There is no way one can stop the present pace of urbanisation nor is it advisable. The other plausible solution is to focus on cities and address three mega-trends that drive global environmental degradation:...

Use digital technology in smart cities

According to an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) report, 51.2 percent of the global population, or 3.9 billion people, were using the Internet at the end of 2018. The digital revolution, led by information technology...

Deforestation free environment

Yesterday, my colleague had written that the 'Earth’s surface temperature does not react instantaneously to the energy imbalance created by rising carbon dioxide levels. There is a time lag between what we do and...

We are already too late in tackling climate change issues

Humans are the major (or the only) cause of climate change and they are the ones who have to suffer the most from it. Yes, some people have started making noise about the impending...

Let competent people make city master plans

Like most of our plans and programmes, master plan based city development approach too is a borrowed concept. Before independence, India followed the town planning system practiced in England with the British town planning...

Asian architecture is moving on Green path

The green building movement is picking up its pace in Asia and in the last twelve years it has made some rapid strides. While conservationists say it is the only way to survive and...

Poor Liveability Index brings our priorities to the fore

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index 2019, New Delhi and Mumbai rank 118th and 119th out of 140 cities in the world. Vienna in Austria, Melbourne and Sydney in Australia make...

Make urban development people-centric

Cities are made by and for the people. Hence the significance of people in designing the cityscape cannot be undermined. An ideal city should be one with higher-quality neighbourhoods, lower infrastructure costs, and lower...

Providing drinking water should be next priority

Talking about water scarcity while sitting in the midst of deluge? True, it’s the sorry state of affairs of ours and many other developing economies. Many parts of our country are being badly affected...

Making cities flood proof

This Monsoon too confirms that we haven’t learnt any lessons from our past mistakes. Parts of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar and Assam – all have become victims of nature’s fury. Many lives have...

Benign raw material prices save the day for paint makers

Demand for decorative paints is tepid (and for automotive paints’ scenario is still worse) but paint manufacturers are relaxed and are in no hurry to increase the price to maintain their margin. Benign crude...

Paint industry highlights of 2018-19

Though performed better than expectation, for paint makers 2018-19 was a dull year compared to earlier years. One of the main reasons being the slowdown in real estate sector which has seen lesser number of new...

Reform and empower the urban local bodies

It’s a well-accepted fact that the urbanisation will be the main growth driver of the economy in future. When the whole world is moving in that direction, India cannot be an exception. Therefore, it...

Solvent-based Vs water-based paints

Now-a-days efforts by the paint manufacturing companies are increasingly focusing on achieving higher level of efficiency in production. Higher level of efficiency naturally brings down the cost of manufacturing and at times causes less...

Indian Decorative Paints Industry – A background

The size of Indian paints industry is estimated to be Rs 55,000 and is estimated to reach 70,000 crore by 2021-22. Decorative paints constitute dominating share of the industry accounting for 74% while industrial...

We need to take up reforms in Urban India urgently

While only 30% of the India resides in cities, around 60% of the GDP is accounted for by the urban India. Therefore, It’s of utmost importance for the nation to ensure that Urban India...

Treat cities as growth hubs of the region

According to a global economic research report, India is home to top 10 fastest growing cities in the world. Most of the Indian cities will have higher year-on-year gross domestic product (GDP) growth in...

Price we pay for development

Sometimes the doctor recommends Oxygen Concentrators for patients who have to undergo oxygen therapy or who are having breathing problems. These Oxygen Concentrators can also be portable so that it can be carried wherever...

We need to hurry on green construction

Its estimated that the global value of real estate is US$217 trillion – that’s roughly 2.7 times the GDP of the entire world. Of this, $162 trillion worth is residential, $29 trillion worth is...

Making our cities drought-proof

We all know Chennai is surviving on tanker water since ages. But this year is unforgettable in the sense that the city saw 200 days at a stretch without a single drop of rain...

Revolutionise green funding

Fighting climate change with insufficient Green Finance is like fighting a war without arms and ammunitions. We are bound to lose the war even before its being fought. Green Finance will not only help...

Act fast to prevent urban heat island

In early June 2019, an intense heatwave scorched northern India. Some regions experienced temperatures surpassing 45°C for the better part of three weeks. On June 10, Delhi reached its hottest day on record for...

Success of urbanisation depends on making houses affordable

Every hour nearly 2,000 Indians move from rural areas towards cities in search of better opportunities. This trend may gain further momentum unless the government is able to provide the rural mass better employment...

Its high time our architects get involved in fight against climate change

There is no populism involved in it and it may not fetch any additional votes for political parties nor does it matter as elections are five years away. So, climate change issue is unlikely...

It’s our collective responsibility to tackle plastic pollution

Plastic pollution was the theme of last year’s environment day when lot of noise was made by the environmentalists and the political leadership about the dangers emanating from the plastic menace in the country...

Architecture & Sustainability

Humans have transformed ecosystems across most of the terrestrial biosphere causing major global changes in biodiversity, biogeochemistry, geomorphic process and climate. Environmental change is an inevitable consequence of human history and archaeological evidence present...

Green Power & Sustainable Concepts

Green Architecture is more than just a word, when followed religiously. It saves not just the environment but also our pockets. Green and Sustainability are two much bashed about words wherever one went on,...

Our burning cities

Within 18 months of Kamla Mills fire tragedy in Mumbai, another major tragedy in Surat in the neighbouring state of Gujarat has claimed 22 young lives. It doesn’t mean that in between no fire...

10 Focus areas for Future Tech Workplaces

Many tech companies are struggling to determine the right mix of amenities for their facilities. Does it enable a productive, collaborative and user-friendly experience? To do this, they need to define their goals around: Keeping...

A blast of colour, form and beauty

The realm of culture, with all its glory and grandeur, is the most mysterious fruit that man's intellectual, behavioural and spiritual explorations have borne. At its apex, culture leads to a boundless domain called...

Space, Style, Substance

Are SPACES personal and need to provide an opportunity for performing maximum functions even in restricted quarters?  What is the thin line between 'making a difference' and  'newness'?  What is today's definitive statement? Today, interior surfaces...

Avoid blanket approach to fly ash utilisation

India is mainly dependent on thermal power stations for its power needs. Most of these thermal power stations are coal fired which generate fly ash and the disposal of which is a matter of...

Bring in human factor in smart city mission

Recently published city rankings by IESE Cities in Motion Index has a shocker and at the same time an eye opener for us as none of Indian cities figure in top 100 or even...

Bold Strokes, Manipulation of Forms and Colours

Artists had shattered the looking glass; everything became possible, everything was considered anew, the imaginary knew no bounds. From the body's rebound iridescence followed on the iridescence of hearts. No one particular vision dominated,...

Urban mobility problems can be solved through right diagnosis

One of the biggest problems faced by us in cities in India is the slow mobility and long hours of travel to and from place of work. With the ever increasing population, both human...

Conserve Energy, Go Green

'We do not inherit the earth from our parents; we borrow it from our children' Each one of us uses energy in some form or the other all day long, throughout the year. Almost every...

Crafting Green Spaces

Great projects are reflective of today's increasingly diverse design directives or shall we term them as 'trendy designs'; but one has to wonder if such a thing as a trend exists in light of...

Political parties’ manifestos are just list of their past failures

It’s the election time in India and as usual political parties are resorting to political one-upmanship through their manifestos. Since Indian economy is basically a rural economy where majority of people live, manifestos, all...

Prioritise lake conservation and protection

Though lakes are small in size they are an important part of the urban ecosystems. They provide much needed water for the cities they are located, recharge groundwater, act as sponges to control flooding,...

We need to learn from Denmark

The only way to save the mankind is by reconciling economic growth with sustainable green policies and there is no other country in the world who can teach us better to achieve this goal...

Set smart standards for better governance

Government’s Smart City Mission is an ambitious one and is set to transform our cities and eventually the way we live. The project involves massive investment both by central and state governments. Smart Cities...

Cement price went up by 8% in FY19

All-India average price currently is hovering around Rs 315-330/bag, which is broadly flat on MoM basis and 8% higher on YoY basis. Having witnessed sharp jump in realisation in February 2019, the prices broadly...

It is high time we think about road congestion tax

Roads in our cities are so crowded that during peak hours vehicles move not faster than average man’s walking speed. Vehicles cannot be moved faster than 10-12 miles per hour during peak hours on...

Cartelisation and the cement industry

Cement manufacturers have often been accused of forming cartels to rig the commodity’s price up. Consumers of cement, mainly consisting of builders, have been complaining about the price rigging by the cement manufacturers by...

Miles to go before we decarbonise the industry

According to International Energy Agency, the cement industry is the third largest consumer of energy and the second largest industrial emitter after the steel industry with 6% of global emissions. This is a matter...

Latest IIP numbers reveal healthy cement production

According to Index of Industrial Production (IIP) released by the government yesterday, cement production during February 2019 grew by 8% over February, 2018. However, month on month basis cement production has fallen by 4.48%...

Changing trend in cement plants location

Limestone is the main raw material for cement manufacturing and it is available in plenty in the country but only in certain clusters. Since limestone is bulky material, its transportation would cost huge amount...

Why there is rush to set up cement plants in East?

A closer look at the cement capacity addition planned or under execution between FY 2018 and 2021 reveals that more than 40% of the proposed additions are located in Eastern region of the country....

Expect high single digit growth in demand

The down cycle of cement industry started in 2011-12 and since then the industry has been passing through turbulent times. Multitude of headwinds and constant capacity addition have kept the capacity utilisation at one...

Beware of ‘Right to the City’

Everyone who has borne on this earth has a right to live and live honourably. The government has recognised housing as one of the most important conditions for the betterment of the humanity and...

Tread cautiously on TOD

Recently, Delhi Development Authority came out with a draft policy on transit-oriented development inviting suggestions from public. DDA also plans to develop areas around five Metro stations in the national Capital as high-density, mixed-use...

Moving towards data driven society

In the past city planning was done mostly based on available data, thought leadership and public opinion. Census data, traffic movement statistics, environmental impact information and building permit data were the common data which...

editor's picks

Government should take care of MSME sector

It’s not an exaggeration if we say that Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector is the backbone of our economy. Its significance is...

COVID punctures revival hopes of realty sector

The downcycle in Indian residential property sector seems to be unending and perpetual. Now in its seventh year of downcycle, the sector has seen...

Dharavi proves higher density not an issue

Dharavi in Mumbai is considered to be the largest slum in Asia and a month ago it was considered to be the COVID-19 hotspot....

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