Category Archives: Housing

Inclusive city building and the promise of ‘freedom’

The Indian capital city of Delhi, with an approximate population of 22 million, has long attracted migrants seeking employment, healthcare, education etc. Most of Delhi’s urban poor live in over-crowded and insanitary settlements, commonly known as slums[1] or squatter settlements

Inclusive city building and the promise of ‘freedom’

The Indian capital city of Delhi, with an approximate population of 22 million, has long attracted migrants seeking employment, healthcare, education etc. Most of Delhi’s urban poor live in over-crowded and insanitary settlements, commonly known as slums[1] or squatter settlements

Affordable Housing

The following text is an extract from ‘Out of the Box: Designing for the Poor” which I co-authored  Dr. Renu Khosla, Shahena Khan and Pranav Singh for ‘Shelter’, a Centre for Sustainable Habitat publication on affordable housing. I see what I see very

Affordable Housing

The following text is an extract from ‘Out of the Box: Designing for the Poor” which I co-authored  Dr. Renu Khosla, Shahena Khan and Pranav Singh for ‘Shelter’, a Centre for Sustainable Habitat publication on affordable housing. I see what I see very

Undercity Homes

For the past two and half years I have been working and researching the city of Delhi – mostly within informal, marginal and low income areas. The following are photographs from four study sites. The photos not only symbolize the

Undercity Homes

For the past two and half years I have been working and researching the city of Delhi – mostly within informal, marginal and low income areas. The following are photographs from four study sites. The photos not only symbolize the

Low Rise by Charles Correa

” Unfortunately the notion of low-rise housing is associated with the kind of sprawl one sees in the suburbs of westerns cities, but this, of course, is not what we are talking about. In its concentrated form, low-rise housing is the

Low Rise by Charles Correa

” Unfortunately the notion of low-rise housing is associated with the kind of sprawl one sees in the suburbs of westerns cities, but this, of course, is not what we are talking about. In its concentrated form, low-rise housing is the

Unthinking Housing for the Urban Poor

The following text is an extract from something I was a contributing author for Shelter, a HSMI, Center for Sustainable Habitat publication with Dr. Renu Khosla, Shahena Khan, Prashant Pradhan and Pranav Singh The right to housing is universally recognized as

Unthinking Housing for the Urban Poor

The following text is an extract from something I was a contributing author for Shelter, a HSMI, Center for Sustainable Habitat publication with Dr. Renu Khosla, Shahena Khan, Prashant Pradhan and Pranav Singh The right to housing is universally recognized as

Robin Hood Gardens

Continuing my 70’s brutalism theme I decided to revisit Robin Hood Gardens which although is very popular with architects is not so popular with the residents – a recent attempt to get the building listed failed. “Them fuckin’ pricks who

Robin Hood Gardens

Continuing my 70’s brutalism theme I decided to revisit Robin Hood Gardens which although is very popular with architects is not so popular with the residents – a recent attempt to get the building listed failed. “Them fuckin’ pricks who

The Heygate Estate

“The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation

The Heygate Estate

“The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation