Mehrauli “!”

Mehrauli “!”

Mehrauli, the oldest continuously inhabited place in Delhi, where there are still remnants ranging from the Mahabharata period to the tear soaked grounds of the last Mughal emperor to the insensitive atrocities of the Raj. Continue reading

Public art within the politics of urban change

Public art within the politics of urban change

We need more urgently than architectural utopias, ingenious traffic disposal systems, or ecological programmes – to comprehend the nature of citizenship, to make a serious imaginative assessment of that special relationship between the self and the city; its unique plasticity, its privacy and freedom. ~ Raban 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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The Magic of God’s Own Country

The Magic of God’s Own Country

“the social state of a city depends directly on its moral state, and – I fear dissenting voices, but I must say what I believe to be truth – that the moral state of a city depends – how far I know not, but frightfully, to an extent uncalculated, and perhaps uncalculable – on the physical state of that city; on food, water, air and lodging of its inhabitants.”

~ Charles Kingsley Continue reading

Urban Voids & Shared Spaces

Urban Voids & Shared Spaces

When understood as articulated moments among crisis-crossing networks of social relations and understanding, places do not posses singular, but multiple and contested identities.  Thus, place-making is shaped by conflict, differences and social negotiations among differentially situated and at times antagonistically bound and others whose social relations are understanding span entire regions and transcend national boundaries … Continue reading

Urban Void | शेहरी रिक्त

Urban Void | शेहरी रिक्त

दिल्ली में कई ऐसी बड़ी जगह है जो विशाल संख्या में लोगो के आवास हेतु बनाया गया था| ये परियोजनाए उस समय के आधुनिक परियोजना सिद्धांतो पे निर्मित है, इस लिए पूरी जगह का एक साथ विकास हुआ ना की एक एक भाग में, जैसे एक पारंपरिक समूह में होता है| इस तरह के निर्माण से कई … Continue reading

Slippery pasts in Indian politics!

Slippery pasts in Indian politics!

Future is something that no one has ever seen and hence can only be picturised, but the picturisation of this future is greatly dependent on the past. The past is almost always glamorized, and hence the future is picturised as an idealized appropriation of the glamorized past. Ideologies driving Indian politics have also been derived … Continue reading

The brave new world

The brave new world

As a matter of image, everything wants to relate itself in global terms, global power, world class city, multinational company and so on. The ones who got into this race first are the ones with more power to control this race, and hence all the later entrants tried to recognize themselves with respect to the … Continue reading

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,…

Delhi’s step-wells – stepping back in time

Delhi’s step-wells – stepping back in time

As published on Yahoo India (http://in.lifestyle.yahoo.com/blogs/traveler/delhi-fascinating-stepwells-step-step-083240446.html) —————– My explorations for baolis (step wells) started when I visited the art installation by Asim Waqif at Agrasen ki baoli. The installation was enticing with its message to conserve water and the joy of water that it projected, but what was more exciting was the fact that there … Continue reading

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

What Gandhi taught us….

What Gandhi taught us….

When anything is talked about Gandhiji the most common terms associated with him are nonviolence, truthfulness and many such terms in similar lines. Are these the things that he actually taught?……… We glorified him with the title of Mahatma and then as the father of the nation, and followed it were stories about his life. … Continue reading

Kashi, The city of Light

Kashi, The city of Light

Kashi has ever been considered as a center of  the Hindu world, a circle through which the eternal & infinite light of Shiva passes, a city where death itself is celebrated. To celebrate death finds no parallel in any part of the world, a city where people don’t fear death, all the more people from … Continue reading