Vulnerable Britain: Can Tech Help Social Care? September 24, 2018 | by Preeta Bannerjee | Britain’s health and social care systems are ailing. Strapped for cash, its public services are straining to meet unprecedented demand from an ageing population. The number of people aged 85 and older needing 24-hour care is on course to double, […]
Chandigarh: The Fight for the Radiant City | 22 May 2018 | by Vineeta Shetty Like Berlin surrounded by the Russians, Chandigarh often has to be defended like an island of sophistication from the marauders surrounding her. The city was master-planned in 96 hours, reflecting the urban philosophy laid down by the Congres Internationale d’Architecture […]
Bilbao: Making is Believing | 30 September 2017 | by Vineeta Shetty When architect Susana González was transferred by her firm from Buenos Aires to Bilbao in the early 80s, she looked around in tears at the soot-covered buildings and the sludge-choked river, thinking she had been given a hardship post. Urban and industrial overdevelopment […]
San Sebastián: Polishing the Pearl of the Cantabria
What can you give a city that has everything? The resort of San Sebastián was born smart: envisioned and planned where sea and land came together in a sheltered bay with an island, surrounded by green hills, three beaches, a river and a sufficiently wide floodplain to build streets, picturesque squares and gardens. The Belle Epoque […]
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Vitoria-Gasteiz: Green and Blue All Over
Vitoria-Gasteiz: Blue and Green All Over 5 September 2017 | by Vineeta Shetty While many cities are throwing a ring road around their conurbation as a garland of progress, Vitoria-Gasteiz opted to gird itself with a 30 kilometre Green Belt, connecting six peri-urban parks. The Basque political capital in northern Spain, Vitoria-Gasteiz visualizes itself as […]
The Hague: Europe’s Cyber-Guardian
The Hague: Europe’s Cyber-Guardian 24 August 2017 | by Preeta Bannerjee | In the first half of 2017, ransomware outbreaks disabled organisations around the world and wrought huge economic costs. Malware called Petya crippled shipping, infiltrated ATM machines and knocked out transport systems. Then WannaCry inflicted havoc on the UK’s National Health Service, forcing it […]
The Smart Citizen is a Well-Nourished Citizen
The Smart Citizen is a Well-Nourished Citizen 3 August 2017 | by Vineeta Shetty | India may have titillated the tastebuds of the Pharaohs of Egypt but continues to be home to a quarter of the world’s undernourished people, three times the entire population of France. World Food Programme noted a year ago that while hunger […]
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Smart Indore: The Gentle Winds of Change
Smart Indore: Gentle Winds of Change 13 April 2017 | by Vineeta Shetty | Even as Madhya Pradesh’s sedate political capital, Bhopal, is settling in for the night, 190 kilometers away, its commercial capital, Indore is just rousing for the evening out. The characteristic breeze of the Malwan plateau in central India stirs the appetite, […]
Mechelen: How a Flemish City Fought ISIS Recruiters
Mechelen: How a Flemish City Fought Off ISIS Recruiters | 28 February 2017 | by Preeta Bannerjee | US President Trump’s recent executive order to bar the entry into the US of refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries has provoked an outcry. But it’s not just Americans who are apprehensive; Europe is being tested […]
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Chicago: The Outlier in Trump’s Rust Belt
Chicago: The Outlier in Trump’s Rust Belt | 19 January 2017 | by Kate Lanham | As the date for the presidential inauguration dawns, the ever-growing divide between rural communities and urban centres in the United States continues to define public discourse. As with the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom, pollsters leading up to […]
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