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Cities for Women: Taking stock of gender-sensitive urban planning and design
Dec 22, 2020

Cities for Women: Taking stock of gender-sensitive urban planning and design

Gender-sensitive planning will help mitigate adverse and unequal impacts — and build resilience.

Cities need systemic change to eliminate pandemics of inequalities
Nov 30, 2021

Cities need systemic change to eliminate pandemics of inequalities

All treatment facilities and protocols had a significant bias in favour of the ‘apartment-living citizen’, which is why the Dharavi model is so im

Cities with extreme deficits of quality of life
Oct 17, 2019

Cities with extreme deficits of quality of life

A city’s inability to offer infrastructures that enable life, such as drinking water, conditions of hygiene, electricity and other such life-enablin

Cities, not nation states, are likely to script the next age
Oct 16, 2017

Cities, not nation states, are likely to script the next age

It is almost certain that cities will script the story of our future. If India is to capitalise on this megatrend, it becomes essential for the country to engage in widespread and deep reforms, which go beyond infrastructure and focus on reforming governance mechanisms and empowering local government.

2022—The year to redefine cities as first tiers of urban governance
Jan 08, 2022

2022—The year to redefine cities as first tiers of urban governance

A holistic restructuring of federal, systemic, and financial governance is required to empower our city governments

24×7 cities: Recommendations for an India playbook
May 12, 2023

24×7 cities: Recommendations for an India playbook

In 2016, the Indian government cleared the Model Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Services) Act, allowing retail establishments to remain open throughout the day and night. Proponents say that when fully implemented, the act will drive nighttime economy and, in turn, increase cities’ incomes. In the past few years, certain states have begun implementing such concept of “24×7 cities”, including Mumbai, Ah

A fixed annual statutory fund could be the answer to cash strapped cities
Jun 18, 2020

A fixed annual statutory fund could be the answer to cash strapped cities

The pandemic has highlighted both the increasing significance of cities in the larger national governance ecosystem as also exposed their vulnerabilit

Adapting cities to climate realities
Mar 02, 2024

Adapting cities to climate realities

Adapting to climate change is no longer optional. Failing to adapt will lead to severe human, economic, and environmental losses.

Addressing the issue of fire safety in metropolitan cities of India
Jul 30, 2019

Addressing the issue of fire safety in metropolitan cities of India

In times of growing urbanisation, the importance of fire safety in urban spaces must be seen. If not, we will be walking unprepared into a deadly infe

Advertisement hoardings in Indian cities
Oct 19, 2022

Advertisement hoardings in Indian cities

Multiple citizen complaints have forced municipal authorities to undertake measures to curb the unauthorised erection of billboards in the city

Advertisement hoardings in Indian Cities: ​ भारत के शहरों में विज्ञापनों की होर्डिंग
Nov 11, 2022

Advertisement hoardings in Indian Cities: ​ भारत के शहरों में विज्ञापनों की होर्डिंग

विभिन्न नागरिकों द्वारा भारी संख्याओं में प्राप्त शिका�

Are megacities the best option for the future?
Dec 22, 2020

Are megacities the best option for the future?

While megacities generate mega economy, they hurtle down the hill on almost all benchmarks of livability — a way must reverse this trend.

Atrocities against women: A serious threat to society
Jan 18, 2013

Atrocities against women: A serious threat to society

It is the responsibility of people like film producers, club owners and other entertainment organisers to ensure that the shows or films do not carry vulgar contents which tend to excite the base instincts of men and encourage them to resort to violence for sex.

Barrier-free boulevards: Designing cities for all abilities
Jun 11, 2024

Barrier-free boulevards: Designing cities for all abilities

Inclusion in urban planning is often an afterthought, leading to ineffective retrofitting. A paradigm shift is needed to make inclusive design a core

Blue-Green Infrastructure: An Opportunity for Indian Cities
May 26, 2021

Blue-Green Infrastructure: An Opportunity for Indian Cities

As the threat from climate hazards rise, several global cities have altered their urban planning and design approaches to incorporate nature-driven solutions as a counter to conventional infrastructure practices by harnessing blue elements (for instance, seas, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and water utilities) alongside the green (such as trees, parks, gardens, playgrounds and forests). This paper explores the emerging concept of blue-green in

BRICS cities require smart policy solutions
Sep 01, 2016

BRICS cities require smart policy solutions

Urban governance in BRICS countries will require different policy solutions because of differing circumstances.

Budget 2021 — What is there for the cities?
Feb 17, 2021

Budget 2021 — What is there for the cities?

Direct budgetary support for urban sector schemes do not show any appreciable increase.

Building 100 Smart Cities in India: Issues to be addressed
Sep 23, 2015

Building 100 Smart Cities in India: Issues to be addressed

Most participants at an ORF conference on urban development and creation of 100 smart cities in India felt that creation of smart cities is an extremely challenging exercise and for this, careful planning and effective project implementation are required.

Building capacities for net-zero emissions: Lessons ranging from South Africa to Asia
Nov 27, 2021

Building capacities for net-zero emissions: Lessons ranging from South Africa to Asia

To achieve the net-zero targets, both Africa and Asia would need to adopt adequate measures to circumvent the capacity conundrum

Building cities for women: India’s G20 presidency can show the path ahead
Feb 04, 2023

Building cities for women: India’s G20 presidency can show the path ahead

India’s G20 presidency can play a huge role in building inclusive and women-friendly cities

Building Gender-Responsive Cities
Nov 07, 2022

Building Gender-Responsive Cities

Urban planners will have to imagine novel ways of ordering and expressing their spaces to eliminate the unequal power dynamics in urbanisation

Building resilient cities: Getting the budget math right
Jan 27, 2021

Building resilient cities: Getting the budget math right

Improving the fiscal state of cities will need a holistic push from all tiers of the government.

Can China’s ‘new urban strategy’ save its cities from the looming climate crisis?
Jul 21, 2021

Can China’s ‘new urban strategy’ save its cities from the looming climate crisis?

China will need to be more specific in spelling out its climate plans.

Can smart cities solve our urbanisation problems?
Aug 18, 2016

Can smart cities solve our urbanisation problems?

Are smart cities the panacea for the increasing urbanisation problems in India? Question asked the Modi government is speeding up its smart city mission.

Climate action plan and Indian cities
Jun 09, 2023

Climate action plan and Indian cities

Since climate change will impact cities worldwide, ULBs will play a crucial role in addressing the climate-related challenges

Creating 95-centimetre cities for infants, caregivers, toddlers (ICT)
Nov 25, 2020

Creating 95-centimetre cities for infants, caregivers, toddlers (ICT)

Children are not at the centre of city development as policies are planned for adults. It is time we start building a child policy for India.

Creating ‘doughnut’ cities for resilience in 2021
Dec 22, 2020

Creating ‘doughnut’ cities for resilience in 2021

The transition towards circular urban economies in India needs policy frameworks that allow the development of skills and the inclusion of informal wo

Crime in India’s largest cities: An analysis
Apr 09, 2024

Crime in India’s largest cities: An analysis

While the NCRB data on crimes in India is the most comprehensive set of data, it suffers from some data deficits that need to be addressed

Decarbonising Cities: The 2021 post-pandemic resilience mantra
Dec 22, 2020

Decarbonising Cities: The 2021 post-pandemic resilience mantra

Creating low carbon cities calls for a paradigm shift in government policies related to the built environment, particularly pertaining to land use, ho

Decolonising heritage sites in post-colonial–cum–apartheid cities: Experiences and suggestions from the Global South
Nov 20, 2021

Decolonising heritage sites in post-colonial–cum–apartheid cities: Experiences and suggestions from the Global South

The continuation of oppressive colonial ideology through the preservation of heritage sites is stifling social change.

Decongesting cities: Reforming bus systems
Feb 10, 2020

Decongesting cities: Reforming bus systems

The foremost mode of transport in cities of developing economies, bus services, are also the most economical.

Deepening governance crisis in Indian cities
Jun 27, 2024

Deepening governance crisis in Indian cities

The recent tragic incidents in India have highlighted a common issue: local governance lacks effective functioning, accountability, and transparency.

Delhi’s efforts to build roads on the lines of European cities
Dec 19, 2020

Delhi’s efforts to build roads on the lines of European cities

Modern street planning does not stop at technical designing.

Demographic planning for cities
Sep 08, 2020

Demographic planning for cities

The megacities of India have multiplied their populations way beyond the projections arrived at by population studies undertaken by demographic expert

Developing towns and cities: China's Maotai case study
Apr 10, 2015

Developing towns and cities: China's Maotai case study

The story of the Maotai town in the Guizhou province in South China is an interesting case study of developmental economics - how a relatively underdeveloped region was turned into a rich town.

Digital India: Aspirations high in smaller cities than in metros
Oct 20, 2015

Digital India: Aspirations high in smaller cities than in metros

People in smaller cities of India were more hopeful about the prospects of Digital India than the people in big cities which are traditionally thought of as 'tech savvy', according to a survey conducted by Observer Research Foundation.

Engendering India’s burgeoning cities
Dec 05, 2016

Engendering India’s burgeoning cities

Mainstreaming gender in urbanisation can be a useful tool in understanding and tackling exclusionary growth and access to resources in urban spaces more generally.

Enhancing Access to Urban Climate Finance: Learnings from Four Cities in India
May 22, 2024

Enhancing Access to Urban Climate Finance: Learnings from Four Cities in India

This brief discusses the challenges faced by urban local bodies (ULBs) in India in accessing urban climate finance (UCF), and proposes solutions based on successful strategies used by some of them. The hurdles include institutional barriers and limited capacity. The brief finds that ULBs that have met with success in accessing UCF overcame the obstacles through early sensitisation programmes and global network connections. It offers plausible sol

Establishing a global forum for cities within G20
Jan 29, 2021

Establishing a global forum for cities within G20

A global platform can be one where cities learn from each other, share best practices, discuss challenges — and seek solutions together.

Extreme Heat Events in India’s Cities: A Framework for Adaptive Action Plans
Jan 22, 2021

Extreme Heat Events in India’s Cities: A Framework for Adaptive Action Plans

Among the most severe consequences of climate change is the global rise in average temperatures, and the resultant increase in the frequency and intensity of heatwaves. Cities are particularly vulnerable to heatwaves as their high built density absorbs and retains heat, leading to higher temperatures than the surrounding areas and causing the ‘heat island’ effect. India’s northwest region routinely experiences abnormally hot days during the

Financially empowering urban local bodies to get India’s cities up and running
Jun 14, 2018

Financially empowering urban local bodies to get India’s cities up and running

The role of the State Finance Commissions between States and local bodies is supposed to mimic the role of Finance Commissions between the Centre and