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Tipu Sultan's firepower fetches over Rs 56 crore

A<b>uction house Bonhams has sold a spectacular collection of arms and armour once owned by Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan for over 6 million pounds (Rs 56.8</b> …

How can we leverage innovations and MOOCs for citizen engagement?

Imagine a group of researchers, students, civil society organizations, development practitioners and professors from the London School of Economics …

Cabinet nod for smart cities soon, roll-out next month: Venkaiah Naidu

<b>New Delhi:</b> Urban development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said the Cabinet is likely to clear the government’s flagship smart city project …

The insider's cultural guide to Istanbul: 'This city is steeped in music'

From street art to mafia soap operas, and thrift shops to gourmet hole-in-the-wall dining, Alev Scott takes us on a tour of Turkey’s biggest city

All aboard the Super Savari Express: an armed tour bus for crime-ridden Karachi

It takes six gun-toting guards and a special bus in order for the wealthier residents of Karachi to see the sights of their own city<p>Dubbed “the world’s most violent megacity”, armed muggings, carjackings and extortion are part of everyday life in Karachi, where political and criminal forces vie for …

The best city photographers on Instagram – from Lagos to Lisbon

Our @guardiancities account showcases some of the best urban Instagrammers from around the world, each with their own unique take on the city they inhabit. We’ve hand-picked some of our favourites<p>Unsurprisingly, here at Guardian Cities we love urban photography – and Instagram is nothing short of a …

The Plan to Build a Skyscraper That Doesn't Cast a Shadow

Growing cities around the world have nowhere to go but up, leading to taller and taller buildings. But while mega-skyscrapers are the most efficient …

Creating Spaces for Peace, Dialogue and Coexistence in Venezuelan Cities

Last year, Venezuela became an urban laboratory for architects and urban designers who believe in the implementation of participatory processes and …

Venezuela

Nightwalking: a subversive stroll through the city streets

Walking at night has always been the pursuit of the lost, the lonely, the deviant and dispossessed. Yet in today’s cities it can have a rebellious role<p>In the dead of night, in spite of the electric lights, London seems an alien city, especially if you are walking through it alone.<p>In the more …

For a More Creative Brain, Travel

How international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking.<p>There are plenty of things to be gained from going abroad: new friends, new experiences, new stories.<p>But living in another country may come with a less noticeable benefit, too: Some scientists say it can also make you more …

What's at Stake in the Fight Over the Mumbai Waterfront

In a megacity in desperate need of better planning, activists are calling for a more sustainable future for the Mumbai Port.<p>Mumbai is the economic powerhouse of India. The city constitutes over 6 percent of the country’s economy and is quickly establishing itself as an international financial …

A Case Study in Flawed Street Design

The New Urbanist neighborhood of Stapleton, Colorado, suffers from compromised planning standards.<p>The above picture shows an example of citizen-led, "tactical" urbanism on a street in Stapleton, Colorado, a neighborhood just outside downtown Denver. A local resident has parked a truck on one side …

The Enduring Appeal of Vienna's Historic Coffeehouses

"In other parts of the world you have new, modern things. But the old things, I think, are more important."<p>The history of Austria's capital is inconceivable without its coffeehouses. The Blue Bottle Coffee House, which opened in 1686, was one of Europe's first. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, …

Dear Museums: Stop Making Nonsense

It's time for museums to desist with the silly spectacles and get back to the good work they could be doing in the civic sphere.<p>The Hayward Gallery is bringing the work of Carsten Höller to London starting in June. Improbably, the gallery has managed to take the spectacle of Höller's last museum …

Book Review: Halt Station India

<b>Book</b>: Halt Station India<p><b>Author</b>: Rajendra B. Aklekar<p><b>Publisher</b>: Rupa Publications<p><b>Pages</b>: 205<p><b>Price</b>: 395<p>Smelly, ruthless, claustrophobic, cacophonous — …

Trains

Which buildings tell great stories about urban history?

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>Here at Guardian Cities we’re kicking off a special series delving into the evolution of cities across the globe, by looking at 50 buildings which tell incredible stories about urban history. From the Zoser pyramid of Memphis, the first purpose-built capital city …

Urban Planning

Delhi's 16th-century Purana Qila fort: a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 4

Evolving alongside the rival powers of Delhi’s earliest rulers, Purana Qila exists as a window into the true – and the mythical – histories of India’s capital city<p>Delhi’s history is often spoken of in terms of its seven cities. These were fortified settlements, established by various rulers between …

Delhi to be a smart city soon, thanks to these projects to be taken up by the NDMC

To make the Capital world class, the New Delhi Municipal Council is going all out to make the area in its jurisdiction a smart city.

Smart Cities

Business News, India Stock Market, Personal Finance, IPO, Financial News Headlines

Karnataka Elections 2018: With about 10 days left to the Karnataka Elections 2018, we take a look at the 5-year stock market performance of 5 …

Now, a competition to choose 100 smart cities

After celebrity nominations akin to the famous ALS ice-bucket challenge for its Swachh Bharat campaign, and a nationwide contest for an e-governance …

Smart Cities

b>Sanjeev Sanyal:</b> Smart cities are not about technology

Around the world, there is a lot of discussion these days about smart cities. The Indian government, too, has been talking about building a hundred …

Smart Cities

Pact on smart cities likely during Modi’s visit to France

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will get a first look at the future of his plan for “100 smart cities” during his visit to France this week, when he …

Space and the city

BUY land, advised Mark Twain; they’re not making it any more. In fact, land is not really scarce: the entire population of America could fit into …

Urban Design

Loss of heritage, open spaces and coastline: why Mumbai's development plan is so controversial

The city's urban planning blueprint for the next 20 years focuses only on vertical development.<p>Mumbai’s development plan 2034, an urban planning …

Business News, India Stock Market, Personal Finance, IPO, Financial News Headlines

Karnataka Elections 2018: With about 10 days left to the Karnataka Elections 2018, we take a look at the 5-year stock market performance of 5 …

Vision and the city

Our engagement with cities must not be only about problem solving.<p>Written by |<p>Today, 377 million people out of India’s 1.21 billion population are …

Public spaces - not a “nice to have” but a basic need for cities

<i>The benefits of public spaces in the poorest parts of the world</i><p>We often think of amenities such as quality streets, squares, waterfronts, public …

Sebi approves new norms for municipal bonds