Tag Archives: Urban Development

Video interview with Architect & Urban Sanitation interventionalist Pratima Joshi

Pratima Joshi, Director and Founder, Shelter Associates, has worked in the area of sustainable low cost housing and sanitation for the urban poor for nearly 25 years. Using concepts like multi-stakeholder consultation, user-centered design and participative governance long before they were fashionable, her approach has evolved to include the following principles: 1. Understanding the true situation before making plans—collect data and speak with all involved parties 2. Designing spaces, whether building for the poor or toilets, must account for habits and ambitions of residents/users, rather than…

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The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building – Louis Kahn

This is an article of a series on the masters of Architecture. Louis Kahn was born in Pärnu, Estonia, on February 20, 1901. His family immigrated to the United States when Kahn was a child. Louis Kahn attended Philadelphia’s Central High School and the Public Industrial Art School. He later studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was mentored by the French-born architect Paul Crete. Kahn received his degree in architecture in 1924 at the University of Pennsylvania and opened his own firm…

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Institute of Driving and Training Research (IDTR) – Designed for Road Safety

Institute of Driving and Traffic Research (IDTR), a first of its kind initiative in India designed for road safety. It all began in the year 1998 when it was realized that road safety had become a major issue for metropolitan cities like Delhi. The accident rate was getting alarmingly high and the driving discipline and training was falling weak. There was an indomitable need to develop a training facility to control the situation. In this scenario, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd took the initiative in partnership…

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