May 24, 2019, 1pm PDT
In photographs and written observations of a recent trip to Mumbai, India, former SPUR Director Jim Chappell queries how the lives of the poorest people there compare to the lives of low-income Americans.
October 29, 2018, 8am PDT
Data visualizations illustrate the catastrophic consequences of single-digit global temperature increases.
March 8, 2018, 6am PST
The 2018 Pritzker Prize has been awarded to a 90-year-old from India. Balkrishna Doshi is known for his commitment to social causes.
January 6, 2017, 10am PST
A new study uses night sky satellite images to measure urban development patterns in India. The results can help guide smarter growth.
June 13, 2016, 5am PDT
Norway's four major political parties appear to agree to a ban on gasoline and diesel-powered passenger vehicles by 2025. And they are not alone. Efforts are also underway in The Netherlands and India, according to the news site Electrek.
April 5, 2016, 12pm PDT
It's easy to focus on the shrinking market share and layoffs in the coal industry and see the demise of the industry, but construction of new coal burning power plants is still booming in countries like China and India.
December 24, 2015, 5am PST
Geographer Duncan Smith mapped the predicted trajectory of worldwide urban growth from 1950 through 2030. Concentric circles of different shades show where and when growth was (or will be) the most dramatic.
November 30, 2015, 7am PST
This month, during the Smart City Congress, Hila Oren, CEO of Tel Aviv Global, announced an agreement with Tel Aviv to mentor, train, consult, and escort Indian city officials in their processes to become Smart Cities.
October 31, 2015, 11am PDT
Research into the various shapes of cities in India may be able to predict the economic success of the city's residents.
June 8, 2015, 5am PDT
Contrary to popular belief, Beijing's air pollution is not nearly the worst in the world. The air of Delhi, India, is twice as polluted. For expats, this disaster raises important questions: is it ethical to live, and raise children, in India?
April 12, 2015, 5am PDT
While they look clean and green on the drawing board, Asia's planned developments might be nothing more than cloned commercialism set in concrete. By undermining local culture, this 'smart city' approach may also prove unsustainable.
March 30, 2015, 11am PDT
During the year 2014, a record number of people chose to make their home in King County, Washington. And 2015 may shape up to shatter last year's record.
February 24, 2015, 7am PST
Despite its economic dynamism, Mumbai is known for a lack of adequate housing. Citywide increases to maximum Floor Space Indices (i.e., Floor Area Ratios) will increase living space per resident, provided the right redevelopment takes place.
June 17, 2014, 7am PDT
Urbanization may turn conventional thinking about vaccinations on its head, at least in India.
August 30, 2013, 12pm PDT
TOD as a planning tool is new to Indian cities, where the idea is being championed as a solution to congestion, environment quality and housing equity. Can this concept, developed for the North American city, be successful in Indian cities?
February 27, 2013, 5am PST
Mumbai architect Pallavi Shrivastava reflects on the impact that the inaccessibility of the city has on the status of women in society and their ability to shape the future of the places in which they live.
January 19, 2013, 5am PST
India’s foremost environmental think tank is touting a recently developed sustainable building certification program "Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment" (GRIHA) as more holistic than LEED. Could it also help enforce labor laws?
October 28, 2012, 11am PDT
Announced at a recent United Nations summit on biodiversity, India’s pledge of $50 million to assist developing countries with conservation efforts marks a significant shift in the way environmental protection is funded worldwide.
October 9, 2012, 8am PDT
As rural areas urbanize, India's land classification system leaves many without power to implement services.
September 23, 2012, 5am PDT
Rapid urbanization in India will create unplanned cities with poor quality of life unless steps are taken to integrate urban design and planning with governance structures, and primitive planning methods are revamped with the latest technology.