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Smart Cities through the Gender Lens

The latest buzz with urban planners is the concept of smart cities. However, no concrete definition of what constitutes a smart city is available. According to the government official document, ‘the conceptualisation of smart city varies from city to city and country to country, depending on the level of development, willingness to change and reform, […]

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Generic Urbanisation Delhi’s Reality

Human evolution is followed by developmental activities that assimilate heterogeneous living conditions. During all stages of development and economic activity, the nature of human habitation (settlement) keeps pace with changes in human needs, technology and available resources. In the past as human populations evolved from a nomadic life to cultivation of farmlands and permanent settlements, […]

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Land Challenges in Smart Cities

The Smart Cities Mission launched in June 2015 by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government envisages to redeem 20 cities with central assistance, to develop physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure which is aimed at improving the quality of life as well as economic viability of these urban centres. This was long overdue as most […]

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Periurban India

Though the expression ‘periurban’ is used commonly, a clear and unambiguous definition is not yet available. However, a general consensus in literature leads to surmise these as fringe areas between rural and larger urban centres. Periurban areas have unique characteristics where general urban morphology is altered and traditional physical differences between urban and rural areas […]

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Urban Growth in India: Disturbing Trends

The development of a country is often correlated with the process of rapid urbanisation, which entails an occupational shift from rural agricultural livelihoods to one that involves more industrial and tertiary activities. Besides changes in core economic life, urban livelihood is closely linked to modernity that implies cultural and civic values vastly different from feudal […]

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