What cities must do to stay sustainable and resilient

Citizens’ campaigns in large cities are pushing their governments to bring together the questions of urban infrastructure, ecology and governance.

Delhi's social Butterflies: Why the city's citizen scientists are counting butterflies in crowded residential areas

They flutter like eyelashes, dip like fish, or float languidly in an undulating rhythm that is mesmerising to watch, like ripples on a lake.

While the World Fells Trees to Construct Buildings, Raipur Demolishes Buildings to Make a Forest

18 acres of land has been set apart to create an oxy-zone which will breathe out much-needed fresh air for this much polluted city

How Bidar beat back the drought

As Karnataka reels under drought, an academic is helping restore indigenous systems that were Bidar’s water lifeline 600 years ago.

Sanitarily yours...

At a school in Kanchipuram, teachers and students harvest manure from dry composting toilets, thus paying possibly the best tribute to Gandhi

Uralungal: India’s Oldest Worker Cooperative

This cooperative has pioneered democratic workplace organization and egalitarian redistribution, even in the context of a highly competitive sector.

Conservation: Lessons from ancient India

Ecologically safe engineering marvels of water conservation have existed in India for nearly 1,500 years, including bawaris

The Last Builder of Naulas in Chatola, Nainital

Constructing naulas, small structures that house springs in Uttarakhand, requires an intimate knowledge of many sciences.

The Joy of Community Gardening and Building

I was pleasantly surprised when after just one day I’d learned how to mix mud for cob construction, make adobe sun-dried bricks, and create plaste...

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