Author Archives: terraurban

How smart is the Smart City Idea !! A Thought on World Town Planning Day

Indian Towns sans planning! by Ananta Prasad The main challenges of urbanization in India are shortage of housing which is 18.78 million according to the 2011 census which Mr Venkeya Naidu, also stressed at the Plenary Session of Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference of Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD) in Seoul recently. The official statement of […]

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‘Re-education’ campaigns teach China’s new ghost city-dwellers how to behave

Yuan Xiaomei, a community supervisor in Kangbashi, China, tears open a cardboard box and hands out brochures and promotional fans to crowd of locals. The fans are emblazoned: “To build a civilised city, we need you. Thank you for your participation.” The residents fan themselves and flip through the brochures. One woman explains to her […]

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LogoLink calls for making citizen participation substantive

Source: LogoLink – Learning Network on Citizen Participation and Local Governance held the Partners’ Meeting on 22-25 September 2014 in New York City. In 2013, LogoLink undertook a review and analysis of policies and practices of citizen participation in local democratic governance as evolved in the past decade. This analysis suggested the need for […]

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Participatory design is not trying to ask people to validate the ‘right’ answer!

ELEMENTAL SA led by prominent Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena was presented with a Global Holcim Awards Finalist 2012 certificate for the Sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan, of Constitución. The master plan was developed after the 2010 earthquake and tsunami that struck Constitución, a city of 46,000 people located on the shore of the Pacific Ocean […]

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Out of Fashion

by Rajesh Tandon, President -PRIA During the height of the Emergency, the government of then Prime Minister late Mrs Indira Gandhi passed an ordinance on October 25, 1975 to abolish bonded labour; the ‘suspended’ parliament four months later ‘enacted’ the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 1976. The newly formed National Labour Institute (under the leadership […]

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Terraurban- Monthly Digest

Catch all the action at Terraurban in the last month below or save a pdf from the following link: Terraurban- Sep digest

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by Shivani Singh, PRIA In Greek mythology, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.(wikipedia, 2014).Urban poor represent phoenix birdas their houses, livelihood, belongings,relationships and networks, rather their whole existence gets burnt either by residing in an unsafe […]

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