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Tianjin Eco-city is designed to become a model for sustainable urban planning. (Photo: Inhabitat)

Green Asia Part III – Tianjin, China

By Wed, Jun 11, 2014 7:47PM UTC Comments Off Tianjin Eco-city is designed to become a model for sustainable urban planning. (Photo: Inhabitat)

The Green Journal is featuring three Low Carbon Model Towns (LCMT) in Asia-Pacific based on the feasibility studies conducted by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) with headquarter in Singapore. This is the third instalment of the series. Tianjin Eco-city in China is set within the Tianjin Binhai New Area, about 45 km from the Tianjin City Centre. It...

Oxford Brookes Department of Planning Creates Hands-On Experience for Future Generations

By Wed, Oct 16, 2013 9:35PM UTC Comments Off Oxford Brookes Department of Planning Creates Hands-On Experience for Future Generations

The recently completed atrium of the Abercrombie building, Oxford Brooke’s newest addition, was transformed into an impressive interactive zone for Oxford Open Doors 2013. The Department of Planning and the Space to Think Team at Oxford Brookes University welcomed Oxfordshire residents to the Abercrombie building to show off the magnificent first phase of the campus...

Indian government flush with cash, but public has no toilets

By Thu, Jun 07, 2012 1:48AM UTC 1 Comment A boy walks to a makeshift toilet outside his home at a slum in Mumbai. Pic: AP.

Every time I return to the Indian capital – in the mornings – by train, I get sad. The closer I get to New Delhi Railway Station – the throbbing heart of the city’s railway network despite efforts to decongest it by making satellite stations – the sadness turns to anger. Thankfully, life has denied...

Is there a hidden game plan behind the DDA Village flats auction?

By Sat, Apr 21, 2012 3:00AM UTC Comments Off

Fifty five years ago the Delhi Development Act was passed by Indian Parliament and after receiving presidential assent on December 27, 1957 it came into effect. Among other things it led to the creation of an urban behemoth – Delhi Development Authority. It was another decade before DDA decided to get into housing activity –...

Using the market to reduce India’s slums

By Sat, Feb 12, 2011 9:16PM UTC 1 Comment A slum stands on the edge of a creek in Mumbai, India. Pic: AP.

Millions of Indians live in slums.  It is a problem decades in the making that the Indian government is trying to solve.  One difficulty in doing so is that the government needs to recognized that it has been a part of the problem for at least four decades and must take remedial policy steps before...