Flooding and waterlogging in Hyderabad spotlight misplaced priorities in urban development

The official onset of the southwest monsoon in Telangana, as announced by the India Meteorological Department(IMD) on Tuesday evening, was followed by isolated and moderate overnight rainfall that in no time left parts of the Old City of Hyderabad inundated with floodwaters. The first day of monsoon in the state also saw the first instance … Read more

Making of Chandigarh: Planning climate ness and preventing an urban heat island

Climate responsiveness was one of the most important aspects considered by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier throughout the planning and design of the city of Chandigarh. The decision regarding the exact location and orientation of the city went through multiple deliberations based on the idea of ​​creating a natural microclimate for a region having a hot … Read more

How a citizen’s initiative turned a mining site in Gurgaon into an urban forest — the Aravalli Biodiversity Park

“A forest is a dynamic system, it’s in a constant state of evolution; constantly interacting with its elements, ever changing. It has many layers — you have trees, shrubs, climbers, epiphytes, grasses, fungi, etc, and then there are interactions with other forms of life such as microbes, worms, insects, birds, animals that bring them alive,” … Read more

Urban agriculture can help make cities sustainable and liveable

A premature and punishing summer makes life miserable for many across India, especially in the cities. The soaring temperatures adversely affect health, cause a dip in agricultural production, and also dry up rivers. Indeed, the repercussions of climate change are being felt more strongly than ever, especially in climate-vulnerable zones. Cities in India are also … Read more