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The Forced Idea of Freedom

The Forced Idea of Freedom

From the heights of atrocities’ during the emergency to the post-liberal ‘projects’ of the world class city, nothing much has changed other than the cosmetic rhetoric as far as initiatives with the urban poor are concerned. The ‘IDEA of URBAN’ as conceptualised by the bourgeois urbanist is still what forms the core of urban initiatives. Continue reading

Why Art

Why Art

“So long as government and law provides for the security and well-being of the men in their common life, the arts, literature and the sciences, less despotic though perhaps more powerful, fling garlands of flowers over the chains which weigh them down. They stifle in men’s breasts that sense of original liberty, for which they … Continue reading

Slum free India! – The Dream

Slum free India! – The Dream

When we say slums, we are talking about a place which more than 93 million people call home. When India is having an upper hand in global economy through a demographic dividend, one in every eight child (0 to 6 years old) lives in a slum….. thus the situation is grave. Continue reading

The Invisible Man!

The Invisible Man!

“The invisible man’s awful suspicion that, beneath the disguises, there may be nothing there at all, a rind without a heart, a reality of lies, is that comes disturbingly easily and often to the city dweller”
~ Ralph Ellison ‘Invisible Man’ 1952
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Comfortably Slum!

Comfortably Slum!

Originally posted on mHS Blog:
Nipesh P Narayanan, architect and urban designer with mHS argues that it is the poor conditions of slums that make them affordable. To find solutions for housing the urban poor, we need to stop seeing land as a commodity and view it as a resource for the betterment of citizens,…

Cricket or Golf?

Cricket or Golf?

Am not a big fan of cricket, but I guess it is quite evident on how widespread the game is. Kids play in small alleys when they don’t have space and still why do DDA wants to build a golf course? that too stating that it will reach the common man?…. the common man needs … Continue reading

Indigenous Innovations – I (The Wall)

Indigenous Innovations – I (The Wall)

  It is amazing to read about a phobia called Paruresis, how can someone have such a phobia which would not allow them to release themselves in public? Well it would be so good if this kind of a problem take roots in India. But Indian philosophy teaches us “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam“, which literally means the whole … Continue reading