Tag Archives: Urban Planning

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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Is Cycling the new Golf?

Strangely, I wake up earlier than usual on Sundays. Sunday is a day that I look forward to, to spend time with near & dear ones and sometime with oneself. The excitement of it all ensures that I wake up before 5 am on Sundays. The rest of the family does not seem to come from the same school of thought though. Now I have a reason to wake up the entire family at 6 am on Sundays. I did so today….because Equal Streets is…

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Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an annual festival, nine days long, commencing always on the first Saturday of February and closing always on the second Sunday in February, in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai. From its inception in 1999, the Festival has grown in stature and popularity, attracting visitors and participants from other parts of the country, and the world. The Festival is organised by the Kala Ghoda Association (a non-profit organisation that states its objectives as “physically upgrading the Kala Ghoda sub-precinct and making it the…

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