20 September, 2017
Archaic law means no rooms to rent for migrant workers flocking to India's cities
Place, a Thomson Reuters Foundation Initiative quotes Vaidehi Tandel, Junior Fellow at IDFC Institute on affordable housing shortage and on rental vouchers.
"The voucher, which entails a direct transfer of cash to offset some or all of the rent, may be the most viable option," Tandel said.
16 September, 2017
Data quoted from IDFC work on estimating India's urbanisation
LiveMint carried a piece on the pertinent question of "How much of India is actually urban?" using data from IDFC work on Urbanisation. Excerpts below:
"Under the census definition, 31% of the Indian population lived in urban areas in 2011. But the share of urban population which lives in t...
16 August, 2017
Bimal Patel on City Planning
Bimal Patel, Director, HCP Design, Planning and Management discusses India's tryst with urban planning, with Bloomberg Quint, in this article.
"The history of street grids apparently dates back to Hippodamus in the fifth century B.C. The Grecian’s legacy is most visible in New York city, ...
13 October, 2016
What Globalisation & Urbanisation Mean for Cities
Richard Florida writes about the new Brookings study, Redefining Global Cities. He speaks of a new typology of global cities drivinig the world economy.
"Globalization might make us feel small in a growing world, but the lessons of urbanization should remind us how much more powerful w...
15 September, 2016
Moving Towards Better Definitions of ‘Urban’ in India
In this Idea's for India column, Visiting Fellow Mudit Kapoor, Senior Associate Vaidehi Tandel and Consulting Senior Associate Komal Hiranandani, argue that alternative definitions of 'urban' are better suited than the administrative definition used by the government to determine poli...
28 July, 2016
Preliminary findings from the Global Cities Summit
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy weighs in on the expanding footprint of sprawling cities. This analysis was part of a preview of the revised and expanded Atlas of Urban Expansion, a partnership of UN-Habitat, the New York University Urban Expansion Program, and the Lincoln Instit...
30 June, 2016
Watch 5,700 Years of the Rise and Fall of Cities in this Metrocosm Animation
Watch 5,700 Years of the Rise and Fall of Cities in this Metrocosm Animation in Guardian Cities
"The Sumerian city of Eridu marks the dawn of urbanisation in 3700BC, which trickles around Mesopotamia, Iran, India and China before eventually coming west to the Mediterranean. Mapping the data...
24 June, 2016
Cities Need Good Systems
In this Times of India article, Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, Government of India, argues that India needs to provide good systems for its cities in order for them to deliver growth and jobs. Excerpts below:
"Over the next three decades, India needs to sustain a high growth trajectory of...
20 June, 2016
On Fixing India's Urban Growth
Ruchir Sharma, Head of Emerging Markets at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, writes in The Times of India that the manner in which India's small cities are growing is causing problems for development. Excerpts below.
"India... has a severe problem developing second-tier cities...
16 June, 2016
Reclassification of Urban
Yoginder K. Alagh, in this Indian Express article, argues that "recognition [by] senior policymakers in the government that many so-called large villages are really urban areas but are not classified as towns on account of various reasons is a step in the right direction. Demographers...