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Weekly Roundup 119 – 3rd June to 9th June

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Detroit Imagines a citizen-led Smart City’ Authored by Amy Crawford With the idea of Smart Cities gaining currency, there are multiple criticisms that are being raised against the predominantly technocratic approach followed in building a smart city. One of the major concerns leveled against ‘smart’-ness in a city is the deployment … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 117 – 19th May to 26th May

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Infrastructure’s big tent’ Authored by Adie Tomer and Joseph Kane Following in the footsteps of the UN-Habitat, many similar seminars and unconferences have emerged around the world, supported by various organizations. Washington – DC celebrated the Infrastructure Week from 15th – 19th of May. Some of the key learning outcomes this … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 115 – 6th May to 12th May

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Addressing the needs of Vulnerable Groups in Urban Areas’ Authored by David Satterthwaite The words Vulnerable, Sustainable and Resilient have been the most popular in the word pool, while discussing the subject of cities and urban environment. David in the first part of the article talks about the stark contrast … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 113 – 22nd April to 28th April

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Are Cities on Track to Achieving SDGs by 2030?’ Authored by Paula Lucci The United Nations has been committed to driving global development since its inception. With the increasing commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals through the Paris Accords and New Urban Agenda, this piece provides a report card of how cities … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 110 – 1st April to 7th April

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Mapping the New Urban Crisis’ Authored by Richard Florida With the increasing impact of urbanization, cities are also becoming centres of negative impressions. The New Urban Crisis Index measures wage inequality and income inequality; overall economic segregation along income, educational, and occupational lines; and the unaffordability of housing across nearly 350 … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 104 – 25th February to 3rd March

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Amsterdam is flooding, on purpose’ Authored by Fearguss O’Sullivan In an effort to introduce waterways into the city fabric, Amsterdam is clearing up road space. The revival plan includes a revamping of the Central Station in the city and increased parking space for cities sixty three percent cycling population- all under water! Read on … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 096 – 24th to 30th December

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Did Jane Jacobs predict the rise of Trump?’ Authored by Richard Florida  Out of the many events of 2016 that jolted the world, one of the biggest was the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. In this insightful piece based on … Continue reading

A Brief History Of A Possible Future

This is a version of an essay I wrote in the months after the 2015 Chennai Floods for the SAP Chronicle at the request of a few of my students. I’ve expanded it significantly here… After the rains of 2015, the City Of Chennai wakes up and smells its proverbial coffee. The first thing they … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 081– 10th to 16th September

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘The World’s Most Creative Neighbourhoods’ Authored by Avinash Rajagopal From Cape Town to Mumbai to Lagos to Madrid and more. Here’s an interesting roundup of 10 neighbourhoods from around the world that are home to the creative class. Read about what’s going on and what it’s doing to these cities. … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 075 – 30th July to 5th August

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘How to Host the Olympics and Actually Improve Your City’s Transit’ Authored by Aarian Marshall Every two years, cities around the world make bids to the International Olympic Commission (IOC) to host the Olympic Games. Any city that wants to host the Olympic Games puts in its name to the IOC … Continue reading