Vandiyur Lakefront Development- An Urban Intervention

etcetera, etcetera and etcetera.  City centre of Madurai, a sterilised urban form, on the river banks of Vaigai, is defined by its streets that were constructed with a yardstick that fits exactly a bullock cart. Don’t even get me started on the current tensions of violation that are in mutiny against the statutory. Statutory is …

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Ignored-Framed: Revitalising Mumbai Mills

Ignored- framed is about the forgotten textile mills of Mumbai, that became disused and non-functional after the Great Bombay Mill Strikes of the 1980s. Occupying more than 6 acres in the heart if the city, Shakti Mills was allowed to degenerate for more than 35 years, a span of time that devolved it into a …

Living or Surviving? Design for Migrant Workers in Qatar

‘Why do we build cities? What happens when a city is built with the aim of merely being an image of modernity? What is ‘instant urbanism’ are there lessons we can learn from it?’ Qatar, the world’s wealthiest nation, whose wealth is sourced by oil and natural gas, is on its journey from becoming a …

7 Steps to Better Transit in Chennai

Waiting at the bus stop for my daily commute has resigned me to a certain fate,  I always get bored, restlessly shuffling from one leg to the other in a rather quizzical imitation of some below- average bhangra. There's never the right bus when I need it and after an infuriatingly long period of waiting, …