Apr 14 2017
Development of yet another layout on Bengaluru outskirts is an environmental and urban planning disaster in the making, but it could still be mitigated if authorities care to listen.
Apr 04 2017
Blog: Everyday City
In December 2016, a workshop on ‘Trees, Culture & Urban design’ was held in Bangalore as part of CEPT University’s Summer Winter School program. The focus of this 10-day winter school was to study the practice of tree worship...
Feb 10 2017
BENGALURU REVISED MASTER PLAN 2031
Jan 19 2017
BDA'S CONSULTATION ON REVISED MASTER PLAN 2031
Lack of social infrastructure, transport, not considering the non-adherence to old master plan and many other issues came to fore during BDA's consultation for master plan.
Jan 09 2017
CITY OF SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS - PART 1
Jan 05 2017
NOT-SO-NICE STORIES OF NICE ROAD
Their lands were notified for Bangalore-Mysore infra corridor project 19 years ago. Now their land has no market value, they can't dare to plant something that's of value, can't renovate or rebuild their houses, and can't be assured of a secured future. A story of how flawed land acquisition policies put lives in jeopardy.
Nov 25 2016
FOR A SIGNAL-FREE OUTER RING ROAD
Nov 22 2016
The BMRDA Act was passed in the mid-1980s, to set up the Bangalore Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, and to empower it to direct the planned development of the state capital region. Since its founding, however, the BMRDA has done nothing...
Nov 22 2016
DEBATE ON ELEVATED CORRIDORS
What Bengaluru needs now is a plan that looks 50 years ahead, say Prakash Belawadi and Naresh Narasimhan, in their joint rejoinder to the interview of RK Misra published on Citizen Matters.
Nov 18 2016
Blog: Everyday City
On the afternoon of 28 th april 2014, I had set myself the task of observing two street corners at either end of Noronha road at Russell market in Shivajinagar - a corner at the Broadway street end and a corner at the St.Mary’s Basilica end...10
Nov 15 2016
HIGH COURT PROCEEDINGS
The Akrama Sakrama scheme has been challenged in the Karnataka High Court for violating the Right to Equality and Right to Life. We track some of the key arguments made in the Court in the last two weeks.
Oct 31 2016
PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS IN GOVERNMENT PROJECTS
Could systemic public engagement prevent imbroglios of the kind created by the Bengaluru steel flyover proposal? What steps and caveats would be necessary for that?
Oct 12 2016
Column: Being The Ugly Indian
From a dark and dreary under-bridge area to a bright and lively public space, the story of a transformation.
Oct 05 2016
In well-planned cities, the government makes the plans and the builders respond to that with project proposals - to build residential communities, commercial facilities, and so on. In our cities, the builders and individual plot owners make their...
Oct 04 2016
Sep 23 2016
METRO ON ORR
A recent meeting of various stakeholder groups arrived at a decision in favour of the Metro project on ORR. Akshatha M looks at the various deliberations that went on behind the scenes.
Sep 07 2016
Blog: Peacocks, Palaces and Pavements
Today marks my 12th day in Bengaluru and I am proud to say my desire to take pictures of every single passing cow has subsided. Since arriving the weekend before last, I filled my phone’s camera roll with photos of cattle, likely confusing...
Sep 01 2016
TRAFFIC PLANS FOR BENGALURU
The traffic coordination committee has provided suggestions like making the roads signal-free, new traffic circulation plans and synchronisation of signal lights.
Aug 23 2016
STORM WATER DRAIN ENCROACHMENT SAGA - PART II
Aug 04 2016
METRO ON OUTER RING ROAD
BMRCL will be initiating the technical studies for KR Puram - Silk Board stretch, but when will the proposal be ready and how will the state find funds for a new section not part of the original design?
Jul 28 2016
BENGALURU AND SEATLLE: A COMPARISON
Bengaluru has lost its old charm, so has Seattle. In Bengaluru, people blame the government for the mess, while in Seattle, migrants are blamed!
Jul 10 2016
UNLOCKING A SUSTAINABLE BENGALURU
Sustainable mobility solutions, clean energy, land use patterns, water issues and many other policy-level issues were discussed in a conference organised by World Resource Institute.
Jul 08 2016
A CHAT WITH XERXES DESAI
While Xerxes Desai was well known for his work at Titan and Tata companies, there was another side to him - his passion for urban issues in India.
Jul 06 2016
Blog: Everyday City
The Samosa Mela at Shivajinagar is a study conducted as part of a CEPT-CPP Summer school on The Everyday City that was held in June 2016 at the IIM Bangalore campus. It was a collaborative effort between CEPT University, Ahmedabad and the Center...
Jul 01 2016
FOOTPATH AND WALKABILITY
What do you do when you see broken footpaths?
Jun 17 2016
URBAN DEGRADATION OF BENGALURU
How did Bengaluru change over the years? What makes people predict that the city be dead in next five years? Some thoughts.