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Skyline of Mumbai | Representational image | Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg

The urban redesign that will shape future cities

Covid-19 has had a profound impact on how urban planners and leaders approach infrastructure, finance their operations and attract residents.

India, China, US — Birthrates are declining globally

It’s not just because of Covid pandemic. The biggest force is urbanisation.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

India’s future population trends warn of many divides, so governance needs to change now

Governance standards must improve in the heartland, caste must become less important. That can happen only with new cities and industrial clusters.
A doctor takes a swab from a child to test for Covid-19 at Kalyanwadi in Dharavi slums, Mumbai on 16 April | PTI

Small pharmacies to private GPs: India must engage informal economies in fighting coronavirus

Indian cities have shown resilience in overcoming challenges. Yet, resilience has not always resulted in improving urban governance and improving lives of urban poor.
File photo | A view of the Outer Ring Road as shot with a drone camera during coronavirus lockdown, in Bengaluru, Saturday, 18 April | PTI

India’s one lesson from Covid crisis and work-from-home: How to build a real smart city

The work-from-home template offers a way for India to re-imagine its model of urbanisation. For that, it must stop aping Western cities’ models from a century ago.
A graveyard (Representational image)

Make graveyards safe for the living. They are reservoirs of antibiotic-resistance bacteria

Rapid urbanisation in many developing countries has meant that informal settlements have begun to sprout near cemeteries.
If we want to understand the spread and control of infectious diseases today, we have to look to the landscapes of extended urbanization and infrastructures that structure contemporary urban life

Coronavirus-like outbreaks start in and spread from edges of cities

To study the spread of coronavirus, we have to look beyond airports to the European automobile and parts industry in central China and transport hubs like Wuhan.
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Smart city technologies can tackle India’s urban explosion. But key questions must be asked

Modern cities have come to produce tremendous quantities of data. Understanding this data will give India a new level of understanding of the urban ecology.
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Africa’s cities are about to boom – and maybe explode

Africa is urbanised, and its future in joining the global economy rests on the success or failure of cities, not rural communities.
Farmers working in a rice paddy field in Karnataka | Wikimedia Commons

Changing land use is making this eastern state in India hotter

The IITs at Bhubaneswar and Kharagpur, and Southampton University analysed satellite data on land use, land cover as well as temperature across Odisha to understand why it was getting hotter.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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