All posts by Navjot Kaur

Green School | Fostering this generation for ground zero Sustainability

Young minds are untarnished and malleable, they follow wherever we lead them. They are our biggest hope and potential risk as well. If they are taught in the same manner as we were, the results will be morally, socially, economically and environmentally worse. For we grew up in a society that settled itself away from nature, whereas every answer to sustainable living lies within it.

Hence it isn’t difficult to arrive at a common solution to our global problems, which is to take these young minds back to nature. While many are still contemplating on its cons, John and Cythia Hardy have already setup a remarkable model – Green School.

“We owe it to our children to give them the skills to adapt. Now more than ever.”

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Blog Insight 01 | Placeshakers and Newsmakers

Placemakers is a versatile firm that believes in taking up all tasks related to placemaking, ranging from architecture, planning, design, storytelling and what not. With its people managing work remotely across the North American continent, the firm has accumulated wide range of expertise in the field. These practitioners are often found sharing their insights on issues and strategies of the field at their blog, Placeshakers and Newsmakers.

Their blog posts are very solid informative pieces and sometimes they raise unparalleled curiosity and participation. If you are willing to spend time in reading lengthier discussions with sane propositions, you will be hooked to their content.


Moving Beyond “Smart Growth” to a More Holistic City Agenda

This particular post that we are sharing, resembles with our belief of redefining limits of sustainability and changing manners of measuring it. Here, Kaid Benfield lists ten questions that can help address the ongoing pattern and understanding of sustainability in our cities. We are extremely hopeful to come up with a list of our own sometime soon. Till then we would like you to give it a read and share your opinion on any of the stimulating questions.

Quotes | K04

“Sustainability is not just about adopting the latest energy-efficient technologies or turning to renewable sources of power. Sustainability is the responsibility of every individual every day. It is about changing our behaviour and mindset to reduce power and water consumption, thereby helping to control emissions and pollution levels.”

Joe Kaeser

Urban Resilience | Rebuilding of Urban Mindset

When giants like Rockefeller Foundation, whom we all look up to for when it comes to funding urban projects, interpret resilience of a city as an alien venture for the vulnerable halves of the urban community, we are made to reevaluate our disposition. Recent demise of 100 Resilient Cities project, has raised doubts on external philanthropic supports for mitigating urban risks. The organisation’s president exclaims, “It’s a shift in the foundation’s focus to delivering measurable results for vulnerable people, with a budget framework that works.” This unexpected withdrawal has awakened many urbanists, who are now beginning to redefine the way urban resilience is perceived.

Urban resilience depends on urban mindset, understood as the manner in which societal roles are perceived by individuals in an urban community. People respond to city level risks based on the urban mindset they adopt. This imparts value to various planning variables and becomes the guiding source for policy making. Hence while building resilient cities, political parties and planners focus on strengthening the city for public use but fail to reform the urban mindset.

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Down To earth : Kerala House

Busy urban life is on list of many Indians, but there are handful others who are ready to give up consumer living and settle down amidst natural landscapes. Story of one such couple from Kerala, who developed their ancestral land into a naturally cultivated forest with a low impact house supported completely off grid, was recently filmed and liked by many. India has been a land of sustainable living, where forests have been worshiped and wasting of natural resources has been admonished. This video brings under spotlight those innate values, which urban Indian are forgetting.

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Tiny Homes : Peek 03

For those who want to cultivate their own patch of vegetables, quest for happiness doesn’t exactly end up at dwelling in mansions. For many these days, it’s about self exploration and investing time in building things that last. While abandoning their usual lifestyle, people have took it either to roads or nature’s parking lots, where they find contentment irrespective of the size of habitat. This video is a quick look into the world of green living in a tiny home with bigger quality of life.

Living Big in a Tiny House is a youtube channel by Bryce Langston, who is a small space design curator. He covers various tiny and sustainable homes around the world and has resulted in more people opting for a low budget and low impact living.

We applaud Bryce’s initiative and encourage our readers to get inspired through series of sustainable living options introduced on the channel.

Tiny Homes : Peek 02

A quest for happiness doesn’t exactly end up at dwelling in mansions. For many these days, it’s about self exploration and investing time in building things that last. While abandoning their usual lifestyle, people have took it either to roads or nature’s parking lots, where they find contentment irrespective of the size of habitat. This video is a quick look into how one can embrace modern architecture while opting for a tiny home.

Living Big in a Tiny House is a youtube channel by Bryce Langston, who is a small space design curator. He covers various tiny and sustainable homes around the world and has resulted in more people opting for a low budget and low impact living.

We applaud Bryce’s initiative and encourage our readers to get inspired through series of sustainable living options introduced on the channel.

Dachau narrates architecture of RACISM

This narrative is inspired by writer’s own visit to the site and entails her personal viewpoints, not aimed at a community or beliefs of others.

We have learnt to provide effective spatial orders for the living, but it remains evident that we are still unaware of accommodating our societal differences in the spaces we inhabit. Racism is an evidence of our societies moving away from social sustainability and this needs to be addressed frequently for its upheaval. Dachau lets us look back and observe the faults of an orthodox system with its severe infliction on our architectural perseverance.

An absolute bareness with its arms stretched wide open coldly welcomes the visitor, a chilling experience for lighthearted. It is only the bareness which engulfs the sight as far as it goes, as if declaring the reign of death. With sparse poplar tress at distance, tall enough and far enough to be of no use for rescue from the beating sun, again evidently striking on the harshness of the ground. On right, withstands the restored quarters of prisoners, furnishing hardly a ground coverage of 8 country houses, which inhabited 6,000 prisoners at once during last few months of its functioning.

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