Posts Tagged redevelopment

Iffy Ideas for Developing Country Cities

In recent months, we’ve learned that cities have hit the radar screen of big business with developing economy and emerging market cities making their way almost to center stage to boot. Why? Because most of the building and development that’s going to happen in coming years will be in those […]

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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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Lessons from “The Town That Loved Its Bank”

The lessons from The Town That Loved Its Bank in the Sunday New York Times yesterday hit home for me and, I think, should provide some insight into the challenges of philanthropy and investment in the effort to build stronger urban communities. Not an unusual setting for […]

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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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The Magic of Making Missing Markets: Monitor Inclusive Markets Affordable Housing Team

The Monitor Inclusive Markets initiative in India with Ashish Karamchandani at the wheel has succeeded in bringing to the fore many of the challenges facing India’s economic progress today by proposing market responses to major issues through business model development, intensive on-the-ground guidance and market building activities. […]

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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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P.K. Das and the Grass Roots Open Space Revolution

Our timing for meeting P.K.Das, an eminent architect and urban planner in Mumbai, couldn’t have been better – on the eve of the Bandra Festival, which celebrates the Bandra neighborhood and its reclaimed waterfront. Our meeting was well-timed because P.K.Das was one of the pioneers of the […]

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Developers Venturing Toward Urban Retrofits and Rehabs: Axis Spaces Pvt. Ltd.

Meeting with Santosh Awatramani and Jayesh Rukhana, Directors at Axis Spaces, opened our eyes to the world of small and mid-sized developers in Mumbai, a city where India’s largest industrialist and corporate families seem to call the shots. Not to mention that most development projects in the […]

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Hard Truths About the Indian City: Prakash Apte’s Tough Love

Prakash Apte’s tough love for Indian cities sums up all the good and bad of policy and private sector. As an urban development consultant and Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects and the Institute of Town Planners, he has worked as a former project chief for […]

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What Is, What Could Be, What Should Be

Hyderabad is home to the glorious monument of Charminar. The monument itself is an important piece of history, culture, architecture and tourism. The neighborhood around it is another story all together… It never fails to surprise us how neighborhoods around key national monuments and tourist attractions in […]

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