Uday R Goswami

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Hong Kong to Benefit by Revitalising Water Bodies

The following article initially appeared in the <b>Construction+ Magazine</b><b>.</b><p><b>Increasingly intense and frequent torrential downpours are becoming the norm</b> …

How engineering earthquake-proof buildings could save lives

Built-In Damage Prevention<p>On September 20, a massive 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook Mexico’s capital city. Most of the approximately 230 deaths …

The skill you need now: presentation literacy

<i>iStock</i><p>TED curator Chris Anderson discusses the transformative power of speaking to an audience from the heart.<p>You’re nervous, right?<p>Stepping out onto …

What you missed at the Asia Pacific Housing Forum

Community-led design, drones for land use mapping, and why housing partnerships are particularly tricky: These are just a few of the topics discussed …

Hong Kong

Why It's Plain Stupid To Buy A House In India

The crash of the Indian housing market is imminent.<p>Two incidents gave me pause for thought recently.<p><i>Firstly:</i><p>Just as I was about to tee off at the …

India Builds a City From Scratch

One hot February afternoon last year, I climbed into a small white sedan with three government officials to take a quick tour of 35,000 acres of some …

Architects of Social Responsibility: Views of Humanitarian Architecture in Practice

Last month, Airbnb announced they had hired former Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair to lead their project to supply temporary …

4 Important Things to Consider When Designing Streets For People, Not Just Cars

Go to any medieval European city and you will see what streets looked like before the advent of the car: lovely, small narrow lanes, intimate, and …

The High Line's Next Balancing Act

The famed “linear park” may be a runaway success, but it’s also a symbol of Manhattan’s rising inequality. Can its founder help other cities learn from its mistakes?<p>When Robert Hammond first conceived of turning a disused elevated railway on Manhattan’s West Side into a high-design “linear park,” …

Urban Design

How a California City Got Pedestrians to Make Their Own Master Plan

Last summer, at a city-run day camp for kids and teens in Long Beach, California, bright yellow pledge cards were passed out to around 120 campers. …

What Makes An Attractive City? Try These 6 Points.

Challenging the notion that beauty is subjective, Alain de Botton has made a case for attractive cities, believing that a city’s beauty is key to its …

The Most Empathetic Companies, 2016

Empathy has never been in more explicit demand from corporate leaders — particularly after a divisive U.S. presidential election and amid continued economic uncertainty around the globe. As the newly released 2016 Empathy Index demonstrates, empathy, which is about understanding our emotional …

The Favela as a Community Land Trust: A Solution to Eviction and Gentrification?

<i>This is the second in a series of three articles summarizing reports on Brazilian housing law, organized by the Cyrus R. Vance Center for</i> …

This is humankind's 'great urbanisation'. We must do it right, or the planet will pay

The world will never again build cities as rapidly as it does this century. If we are serious about limiting global warming, tackling air pollution and promoting innovative, resource-efficient growth, there is a narrow window of opportunity<p>Almost as staggering as the current enormous influx into …

Only a cash-strapped public sector still finds ‘smart’ technology sexy | Evgeny Morozov

The Silicon Valley giants have got public services in their sights. But is innovation just a euphemism for privatisation?<p>The irony must be lost on Silicon Valley: Uber, a company run by an unabashed admirer of libertarian novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand, is increasingly touted as the saviour of …

Typology: Housing Estate

The housing estate, whether it is built by a charity, developer, government or cooperative, is essentially a collection of dwellings disposed in …

What should you read this summer? A mega reading list

<i>Illustrations by Maya Sariahmed/TED</i><p>40+ TED speakers recommend the books you need to read right now.<p>OK, so it’s not summer everywhere right now. But …

Books

Fancy life in an eco-village? Welcome to the hi-tech off-grid communities

Residents in an eco-village project piloted in the Netherlands will produce solar and biogas power, grow their food and recycle waste into fertiliser<p>“If you look at any long lasting eco-village, it has usually been about religion, polyamory or drugs,” says James Ehrlich, president of …

Sustainability

Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time

Steve Wanner is a highly respected 37-year-old partner at Ernst & Young, married with four young children. When we met him a year ago, he was working 12- to 14-hour days, felt perpetually exhausted, and found it difficult to fully engage with his family in the evenings, which left him feeling …

How Amazon Adapted Its Business Model to India

When Amazon decided to enter the Indian e-commerce market, it was clear from the outset that something would have to give. That something was the very business model that had made Amazon an internet powerhouse in the U.S.<p>Amazon.com debuted as an online bookstore in 1994. Founder Jeff Bezos’s …

Light fantastic: Carré Lumière in Bègles by LAN Architecture

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Conscience

Meet Kasita: The Micro-Housing Start-Up That's About To Revolutionize Real Estate

You can tell immediately that Jeff Wilson, the 42-year old founder of Kasita, an Austin-based micro-housing start-up, has been courting venture capital. He has his sales pitch nailed—which is pretty impressive for a former university dean and professor who used to live in a dumpster.<p>When I ask …

Real Estate

What You Need to Know About the World's Water Wars

Underground water is being pumped so aggressively around the globe that land is sinking, civil wars are being waged, and agriculture is being transformed.<p>Beijing is sinking.<p>In some neighborhoods, the ground is giving way at a rate of four inches a year as water in the giant aquifer below it is …

Outrage: ‘for the Smart Cities Mission, cities are solely instruments of economic growth’

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Smart Cities

‘Dilli Haat is a brave experiment that brings fresh energy and dynamism to an otherwise banal landscape’

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Architecture

Density, Dense [CITY] and Livability

<i>In the first article in the Dense[CITY] series, Uday Goswami describes the architectural epistemology of collective housing in urban India.</i><p><i>If we were</i> …

East Africa

The city with 20-year waiting lists for rental homes

Think things are bad where you live? This town's queue for rent-controlled housing is so long it’s being considered by the Guinness Book of World Records.<p>There’s a hidden reason so many Stockholm renters go for Nordic minimalist interiors. In a capital gripped by an acute housing shortage, it’s no …