वित्तीय मंत्री श्री. अरुण जेटली यांची २३ ऑक्टोबर ची प्रेस कॉन्फेरंस क्रांतिकारक होती असे म्हणता येईल. ८ नोव्हेंबर २०१६ रोजी पंतप्रधान नरेंद्र मोदी ह्यांनी देशात बदलीचे वारे आणण्याचे बिगुल वाजवले आणि त्याच जोशात ‘टीम मोदी’ आता हे बदल पूर्ण करीत आहेत. नोट बंदी आणि त्या......

आज वटपौर्णिमे च्या दिवशी रस्त्यावर असणार्‍या वटवृक्षांभोवती फेरे घालताना महिला दिसल्या आणि आपण मानव जात एखाद्या केवळ रूढी मध्ये कसे अडकून पडतो हा विचार मनात आला. काही वर्षांपूर्वी सौ. मंगला सावंत ह्यांचा ‘गणपती बाप्पा मोरया’ हा लोकसत्ता मधील लेख वाचला होता. त्या मध्ये मंगलाताईं नी प्राचीन......

काल पुणे ते सासवड हा ज्ञानेश्वर माउली पालखी सोहळ्यातील एक महत्वाचा आणि अवघड टप्पा पूर्ण केला. गेली ४ वर्ष सातत्याने दर वर्षी एक टप्पा, मी व माझी मैत्रीण मृदुला, पूर्ण करत आलो आहोत. आत्ता पर्यंत, पुणे ते सासवड, सासवड ते जेजुरी, जेजुरी ते वाल्हे, वाल्हे......

Walkers and lots of walking space! On our last night in Stockholm, the students and faculty of the Royal University of Arts, treated us to a special Swedish music and dinner at a Rowing Club. After the day long conference at the school, we were......

Two days ago, I came across a very pertinent news article in Hindustan Times of May 16, 2011 titled as ‘Our Forbidden Cities’. In my Environmental Planning class, for Masters students in Architecture, I make it a point to point out that Cities are Beautiful......

Recently, I was in Stockholm, Sweden to attend an academic seminar at The Royal University of Fine Arts, Department of Architecture. And in a typical European way, Stockholm was a great city experience – pedestrian friendly streets, lots of cycling tracks, the efficient & connected......

re you staying in a  Male City or a Female City? Too stunned to answer? Well, apparently cities have gender too! And why not, we also have the Male Rains and Female rains, where male rains are the ones that cause damage, while female rains......

22nd April is celebrated as Earth Day – Vasundhara Divas! What will be our committment towards Mother Earth this year? As I started writing this blog, I started thinking about possibilities of my commmittment. What can I promise to Mother Earth that will cause her......

A very apt and relevant perspective was shared by a scientific friend of mine on the blog that I posted yesterday – about Indian Women, Stress and Indian Cities! Due to the typical science research limitations, this research may not find scientific publication, but will......

I recently read an interesting study article published by CNN sent to me by a Belgian friend, who, unfortunately, happened to meet me in Pune at my busiest time of the year! All through our lunch together, I was either receiving calls, responding to calls......

Its Official! The ‘billion plus’ term that was being used since the end of the past decade has been validated by the 1.2 billion count as concluded by Census of India 2011. Here is a quick glance at the numbers (whew!) and some interesting comparisons......

Schooling in India has been a very conservative and exam oriented system. Despite efforts to bring in more creative and analytical learning processes in schools, pretty much schools in India remain a domain where children are tested on their memory skills and their skills to......

It is only recently that I read about Ar. Shirish Beri being awarded the most prestigious JK Great Master’s Architect Award, this being 26th since its inception in 1990. This award is given to a senior Architect, once in every two years and the potential......

Last week a small article had appeared in the Times of India on a very unique idea – The Slow City Movement. (to read more http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/sunday-toi/special-report/Big-idea-for-small-towns/articleshow/10373055.cms). This article has prompted this Blog post and I wish to introduce this possibility for all of us think......

On 25 June 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the 14 Smart Proposals/Projects for Pune. This inauguration is gestural and all the first round of Smart Cities will begin the execution phase of their respective Smart Solutions/Projects in their respective areas. As per the Smart......