Over 11 million houses are lying unused and vacant in urban India reveals this new report on urban housing shortage for the 12th plan period (2012-17) released by the Ministry of Urban Housing and Poverty Alleviation.

Kolkata-based architect Laurent Fournier tells how ceilings can float and why bamboo-reed-mud make more sense than brick-concrete-steel.

Bhubaneswar: Expressing concern over huge fly ash generation, utilisation and disposal, chairman of the Department related Standing Committee MLA Prafulla Mallick today directed the Odisha State Po

On 15 July, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi hosted a group of professionals working on rural housing in diverse geographies of the country. The agenda for the meeting, which was co-hosted by several partners, was to present a portal built for the rural housing sector (www.ruralhousingnetwork.com) and to get feedback before the portal goes live in a month.

The temperature in the city is rising and the matter is of grave concern. If not attended to now, it will lead to some irreversible damage and leave us with no natural resources for the next generation.

According to a study by the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia, the temperature in Delhi has risen by an average of 1-1.5 degree Celsius from the year 2001 to 2009. The rise is even more in the high-density areas like Chandni Chowk, Laxmi Nagar, Dhaula Kuan and Mayur Vihar Phase 1, where a rise of 2-2.5° Celsius has been recorded on the heat map developed by the faculty.

Impact: The prices of sand and gravel will come down.

Ludhiana: Members of the Ludhiana Builders’ Association have complained to the government that the state’s building industry is in the grips of a very active mining mafia.

Even from the outside, the IRRAD building gives you the feeling of tranquillity. Its dull reddish-brown façade looks like it has yachts sailing across it, except they are all upside down. Later I would find out that the sails of these ‘yachts’ are actually triangular curtains, specially designed to keep the summer sun out and let the winter sun in, one of several key features that makes this a ‘green building.’

A green NGO today warned against environmental debacle in Indian cities if resource guzzling and waste generation in the building construction sector is not minimised.

Increasing frequency and intensity of earthquakes has renewed the urgency in improving the preparedness and in making the infrastructure earthquake-resistant. Sikkim, a northeastern Indian Himalayan state, was hit by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake of intensity VII on 18 September 2011, which triggered hundreds of boulder falls and landslides, causing extensive damage to public and private infrastructure. An assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the various structures present in rural areas was carried out. Assessment of the quantum of damage indicated that though