Settlements and Transport

Human settlements with sustainability, equity, and fulfillment. Sustainable, equitable means including non-motorised and public transport

This features both rural and urban areas, and the search to make human settlements sustainable, equitable, and fulfilling places to live and work in. This includes: sustainable architecture, localized generation of basic infrastructural, water and energy needs, urban biodiversity conservation, waste/garbage minimisation and recycling, efficiency and frugality in the use of these basics, the defense and revival of common and open spaces, participatory budgeting and planning of settlements.

We would also like to include stories of sustainable, equitable means of transport that can be accessed by all and that do not create ecological and social problems as is the case with a focus on privatized motorized transport. Stories on the promotion of public transport, cycling, walking, human/animal powered and other forms of ecologically sustainable and equitable transportation, planning for equitable access, reclaiming the roads and parking lots for public use, and so on, are featured.

Expensive, elitist models that may be ecologically sustainable but are not relevant for most people, are likely to be avoided here.

How Assam’s Mising community is coping with floods through architectural design

Architectural innovations are helping the community adapt to the annual flood hazard and reduce disaster risk in some of the region’s most flood-prone areas.

The Art of Weaving in Lahaul’s Upper Valleys

Weaving as visual art that reflects stories about people, their communities, and their place in the universe. It symbolizes the value of creation, interconnectedness, and rejuvenation

India’s 1st CFR village moves HC for ‘gramdan’ status

A 100% of the landowners in the village surrendered their ownership and the whole village land came under gramdan.

Reimagining Cities

Imagining a future where every city and its citizens claim a deep connection with its surroundings, history, knowledge systems and the commons.

Perumbakkam way- Community efforts towards climate resilience

Helping community members bounce back from difficulties and improve their capacity to face risks, environmental or otherwise.

Living bioregionally, now

One compelling idea being put forward is that of bioregional forms of governance, which start from the biophysical realities of ecosystems, which are particular and even unique to places.

What if we designed homes to stay cool?

Ways in which residential buildings can be made cooler – a set of techniques called ‘passive design’ because they do not require the expending of energy for cooling.

झारखंड में उम्मीद की लाइब्रेरी (in Hindi)

किताबों के साथ बच्चे एक-दूसरे से सीख रहे हैं, उनमें पढ़ने की रुचि बन रही है, यह एक ऐसा मंच भी है, पढ़ने के साथ किताबों पर बात भी कर सकते हैं

In Ahmednagar, residents of a slum design their own homes

"... Just asking the communities that they are building for, how is it that they imagine their home to look?”