Posts Tagged governance

Pushing Past Policy- Valerie Stahl’s Summer Intern Experience

As a graduate student at Sciences Po in Paris about to enter my second year of tackling the task of “governing the large metropolis,” I tend to take a very governance-based, policy-minded outlook to my research, writing, and general observations regarding urban issues. Until this summer, the […]

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Commentary on NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate: Latin American Real Estate Markets in the Near Future

The NYU Schack Institute’s panel, Latin American Real Estate Markets in the Near Future, highlighted where the smart money is going in real estate development in the region. Since real estate investment has to be part of a longer-term strategy, sentiment among these investors can be a […]

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The Undoing of Dharavi’s Redevelopment

This article in the Economic Times (Calls to scrap Dharavi makeover gain ground) highlights the tailspin that the Dharavi redevelopment plan has been in. Having gone from a proposal that attracted the interest of bidders from all over the world to one that started to repel investors […]

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Global Real Estate Ups and Downs

Along with the very modest global economy recovery, most developed countries around the world have started to see their housing markets stabilize or, at least, decline more slowly than past quarters. Most emerging markets, on the other hand, especially in Asian cities, have experienced rapid acceleration of […]

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Fixing India’s Property Rights Mess

The Wall Street Journal online’s article “India Lands in a Mess” discusses the thorny implications of one of India’s most important roadblocks to modernizing the country’s real estate markets: the weakness of private property rights. Tied up with this shortcoming is lack of information about who holds […]

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A Utopian Vision But Nobody Home

This FT article “No One Home” about Chenggong, China (20 km from Kunming in Yunnan Province) shows how government efforts to take pressure off of rapidly growing developing country cities don’t always work, but if you got deep pockets, as China does, you can sit out the […]

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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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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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The Surat Builders’ Association: In a Fast Changing City, Varying Perspectives and Incomplete Information

As our arrival in Surat coincided with a regular meeting of the Surat Builders Association, we were able to discuss with several local developers Surat’s evolution and growth, their engagement with policymakers and their views on the appropriate ways for developers to get involved in the city’s […]

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Cutting Edge City Watchdogs: Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI)

Meeting Omkar Gupta, Director at the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) in Mumbai, brought us to the cutting edge of independent research on urban development in Mumbai. Their annual publication, ‘Mumbai Reader’, is a collection of essays on leading ideas for change in development, urban design, preservation […]

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