City and Cultre
SENSING THE INFORMAL |
In conversation with Sanjay Prakash
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Sanjay Prakash is Principal Consultant of his design firm, SHiFt: Studio for Habitat Futures. His practice and research over three decades include exploring various tools and methods of energy-conscious architecture in different parts of the country. He has shared his views on various public platforms regarding Indian urbanization in 21st century and the role of architecture profession in shaping it.
Ranjit Sabikhi, eminent urban designer, in his recently released book, Sense of Place, observes that with most of the development in post-independence India has geared towards the 30% –40% planned component of Indian cities as against the larger informal sector of urban villages, regularized and unregularized colonies, slums and historic areas, which has remained largely ignored.

This is entirely true. It’s unfortunate that the tools that the planners have had at their disposal have not been able to deal with this kind of informality [not just in India, but also in South America and Africa]. The variety of tools – density, height regulations, setbacks, zoning, and so on are all really made for an industrially developed society and I guess the sooner we recognize this, the better off we will be. Seventy years after independence, the problem has become even more entrenched because people don’t have an idea of what our alternatives are. It almost is like wishing that our cities should get Americanized rather than that we Indianise our development control rules.



 


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ENTEKOCHI URBAN DESIGN COMPETITION 2020

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IDEA Design

DHARITRI: THE GARDEN OF MOTHER EARTH
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Ravindra Bhan: Monograph Series |
Landscape Architecture in India
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DIFFERENT STROKES
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Landscape Architecture in India
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Geeta Wahi Dua


city and culture |
GENDER STUDIES IN DESIGN
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SENSING THE INFORMAL
In conversation with Sanjay Prakash


CONNECTING THE DOTS
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Arshan Hussain














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