Union urban development minister Sheila Kaul has presented Laurie Baker, the innovative architect lauded for his low-cost construction techniques, with the United Nations Habitat Scroll of Honour for

"EARTHQUAKES don't kill, buildings do," says John Beynon, principal architect at UNESCO's regional office in Bangkok. Today, people are shifting to "killer buildings" as they give up their

JUST 55 seconds in duration, it left 1,000 people dead. The earthquake, measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale, which devastated the hills of Uttarkashi, Tehri Garhwal and Chamoli districts in UP last October, also left 20 per cent of the houses in the region totally destroyed or severely damaged.

Villagers of Deussua-Chinchinim in one voice on Sunday opposed high rise housing projects in the village and have served a 21-day deadline on the panchayat to take steps to collect and dispose off the waste in the village jurisdiction.

The villages have also formed an Action Committee to pursue the demands and to chalk out an action plan.
Agitated villagers assembled near the St Anthony Chapel

Lavasa Corporation

More than three years after the devastating tsunami hit the Tamil Nadu coast, rehabilitation measures are still underway.

Construction of houses under the Rajiv Swagruha scheme have stopped for several reasons including delay in land acquisition by revenue authorities and non-remittance of amount by the AP Rajiv Swagruha

In Niger and Mali, where timber is scarce and expensive, mud building is making a headway, thanks to the efforts of a French organisation called Development Workshop.

CANTON will soon wear a different look as its commuters abandon the traditional bicycle for other modes of transport. In a dramatic step to ease traffic congestion, Cantonese officials intend to

The killer cyclone that hit Andhra Pradesh in 1977 will long be remembered as India's worst natural calamity of this century. But that we still haven't learnt the lessons of the tragedy is evidenced by the widespread suffering that resulted from last mont

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