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  • 03 February, 2015
    Government to Provide Rental Housing Facilities to Migrant Workers
    As part of the Indian government's initiative to provide 'Housing for All', it is likely to push for provisions by local authorities for rental housing for migrant workers. The government says it was inspired by the "chawls" of Mumbai, which came up to cater to people migrating to Mumbai i...
    TAGS: housing , rental , NDA
  • 03 February, 2015
    Why Men Now Outnumber Women by the Highest Number Ever Recorded
    This Quartz piece explores why men now outnumber women by 60 million, the highest ever recorded: "In 2013, 49.59% of the global population were women. 81 countries had a majority of women, 37 countries had a majority of men... The most p...
  • 02 February, 2015
    Dense Cities with Mixed Used Development Could be Key to "Smart Cities"
    In this Indian Express Article, Kirit Parikh puts forward ideals of what should constitute a "Smart City", for the Indian government's 100 Smart Cities initiative. He writes: "For a sustainable low-carbon city, travel, particularly motorised travel, must be minimised. A dense city with mixed deve...
  • 22 January, 2015
    Ownership Rights' Impact on Urban Sprawl
    This Economist article explains the nature of urban growth in China. It says: "Migration from the countryside has helped expand the urban population by 500m—the biggest movement of humanity the planet has seen in such a short time... China has swapped its socialist dream for an American-st...
  • 12 December, 2014
    Italy Creates New Urban Administration
    Italy is beginning a new form of urban administration to cater to its urban population and urban issues that require coordination across city borders. This City Lab article explains: Starting January 1, many of the towns surrounding those bell towers will be absorbed into much larger jurisdict...
  • 09 December, 2014
    Survey Sheds Light on India's Middle Class
    The Hindu has released the findings of a survey on the aspirations and anxieties of ordinary Indians. The “Lok Surveys" is the latest round of a multi-year panel study sponsored by the Lok Foundation and carried out in collaboration with the Center for the Advanced Study of India&nb...
  • 04 December, 2014
    Open Access NREGA Complaints
    As part of its transparency efforts, the government has made complaints related to the flagship rural NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee) scheme available online. The actual text of complaints is available, along with information on pending complaints and the level of government that is comp...
  • 04 November, 2014
    The Next Housing Crisis May Be Sooner Than you Think
    In this CityLab article, urban theorist Richard Florida argues that the US could fall into another housing crisis before completely recovering from the 2008 meltdown. New construction is only 49% back to normal, Americans are overspending on housing (over 33% of their incomes in 2013, up nearly 13% ...
  • 01 November, 2014
    McKinsey Estimates Mumbai’s Affordability Gap
    In its 2014 Housing Affordability Report, McKinsey Global Institute states: “If current trends in urbanization and income growth persist, by 2025 the number of urban households that live in substandard housing—or are so financially stretched by housing costs that they forego other essentials,...
  • 30 July, 2014
    3D Printing Homes- Hope for Affordability and Sustainability?
    After a Dutch company began printing the world’s first 3D Printed House and a Chinese company made 10 3D printed houses in a day, there has been hope for this disruptive innovation to finally provide a model for affordable and sustainable housing. Others have propagated pre-fabricated and mass-man...
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