Archive for November 2009

Talking about Delhi’s Nullahs with Manit Rastogi at Morphogenesis

Manit Rastogi has a watery dream. Rastogi is the Principal and Founder of Morphogenesis, an Indian architecture and interior design firm internationally recognized for its work in commercial, residential and institutional architecture, green building, urban design and planning and interior design. As head of the Sustainable Urbanism […]

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ICF International: Promoting Energy Efficiency in India’s Buildings

Sanjay Dube is Senior Project Manager at the New Delhi office of ICF International, a leading global management, technology, and policy consultancy developing solutions and strategies for a range of development policy, energy and environmental issues. His office leads the consultancy’s energy efficiency and climate change policies […]

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The International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Environmental Sustainability Initiatives

Joyita Mukherjee of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) office in New Delhi has the exciting job of identifying projects and extending advisory in India with large scale environmental impact. As the private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group, IFC’s program objectives aim at inclusive growth […]

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SAATH: New Business Models in Slums

SAATH is an NGO dedicated to creating change in the slums of Ahmedabad. By utilizing market-based strategies, SAATH’s efforts impact the lives of over 100,000 slum dwellers in Ahmedabad, as well as Gujarat and Rajasthan. One of SAATH’s compelling missions is “creating inclusive cities” so we were […]

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Debashish Nayak’s Tireless Crusade: Seeds of Economic Development and Urban Revitalization

Our time in Ahmedabad luckily coincided with Heritage Week, which gave us great opportunities to see the historic center and meet residents, NGOs, city officers, architects and designers, owners and others to learn about the evolution of the center of the city. One highlight was meeting Debashish […]

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Foliage Developers: How Developers Choose to Make a Difference

Giving low and moderate income working people the opportunity to buy decent, dignified housing is one of India’s most pressing needs, given the country’s 26 million some-odd housing deficit. By this point, we’ve met several organizations working towards that goal so we feel India’s low cost housing […]

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CEPT: Local Innovation, Learning and Advisory

In line with Smart Cities Advisors’ belief in local innovation and the importance of domestic leadership development in developing country cities, we went to the Department of Planning and Public Policy at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), one of India’s most established architecture and […]

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Yatin Pandya: An Architect Innovating for Inclusion and Sustainability

We went to visit Yatin Pandya of Footprints E.A.R.T.H, an architect noted for his career-long commitment to sustainability in cities as the head of research at the Vastu Shilpa Foundation for 20 years. His projects feature extensive use of recycled materials, participatory development and emphasis on low […]

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Surat Commissioner Aparna: Thinking Big, Leading with Results

As the lead manager of India’s 9th largest city, Surat Municipal Corporation Commissioner Aparna has earned high marks from constituents and urban stakeholders for her efficiency and her progressive thinking on promoting inclusive, sustainable growth for Surat. Although only there for a short meeting, we were impressed […]

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Surat Heritage Group: Citizen Groups like KO Shah’s Try to Weave Heritage with Economic Development

KO Shah and his colleagues were introduced to us somewhat as heroes of citizen activism in heritage city development – a practicing engineer and architect working with and leading a representative group of private practitioners all working to promote the development of heritage sites in Surat. Their […]

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