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Cleanse used water from the kitchen by diverting it to a clump of bananas.
Cleanse used water from the kitchen by diverting it to a clump of bananas.

Reuse greywater wisely

Treating greywater rather than transferring it to an STP has numerous benefits, says Indukanth Ragade »
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Webcams & borewells

A groundwater expert uses a webcam to find out the yield from borewells and identify problems. By »
Flowering plants like plumeria add vibrancy to the garden.

A greener life

Though it took many arguments and much labour, Anamika Mukherjee explains that the joy of growing your vegetables makes it all worth it »
A water-literate community is what a smart water city should be all about.
January 16, 2015
Waterwise

Design water-smart cities

Smart cities is the mantra of our times with a 100 slated to roll out in India. Ideological debates rage over how to define ‘smart’ and whether technology is what makes for ‘smart.’ Be that as it... »
The solar system continues to charge even on grey, overcast days. Photo: Anamika Mukherjee
January 2, 2015

Sunny days are here again

Long before we started to build our house, my husband and I started to talk about solar power. As with so many other things, the ambition to have a house that ran solely on solar energy was driven... »
Phytoremediation makes use of specific plants, such as reeds that absorb the chemicals in grey water.
December 26, 2014

Water, unlimited

It’s all very well to plan a thousand square-foot garden with grass, trees, flowers, and vegetables. But, where will all the water come from to sustain them? My husband, Amit, who has been advocati... »
Treated waste-water can be pushed through a Vortex system to reduce odour
Bengaluru, December 19, 2014
WATERWISE

The re-use mantra

Waste-water is emerging as a new challenge and opportunity in the cities of India. After large quantities of clean water is shipped into the city to meet the growing thirst of a large population an... »
Can we change road use methods? The picture shows cyclists on a Berlin main street
December 12, 2014

Change and culture

Cities are experiencing the unpredictability of climate change; summers seem hotter and more prolonged. Everyone is talking about carbon emission pollution and urban smog. . Can we actually switch... »
The Sacred Groves housing project was envisaged primarily to solve the problem of affordable living in Auroville.
December 5, 2014

Building practices for the future

Overflowing landfills, extinct animals, reducing green cover and increasing pollution — this is part of the 21st century environmental jargon. In order to make a substantial enough impact and avoi... »
For too long have we ignored water and water bodies in a city’s life.
December 5, 2014

Let’s be water sensitive

Winter fast approaches the country but in the city built-up spaces make sure its impact is felt less. The early sunset however cannot be stalled by either global warming or the urban heat island ef... »
A major buying trend that can be seen in the real estate industry in 2015. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar
Hyderabad, January 16, 2015

Will real estate recover in 2015?

Can 2015 be the year of recovery for real estate market in Hyderabad? Analysts believe that post-bifurcation and formation of a stable government in Telangana State and at the Centre in 2014 shoul... »
December 26, 2014

Sunshine cities

Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram have received in principle approval from the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to be developed as Solar Cities.Minister of State for Power, Coal, and Re... »
December 26, 2014

Laying a strong base

Considering the vast requirement for housing in the country, the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has requested the RBI to grant infrastructure status to affordable housing p... »
Power needs are vast
Bengaluru, December 19, 2014

For green growth

Karnataka is the eighth largest and fifth most industrialised State in the country. It contributed 5.46 per cent to the GDP of India (as in 2011-12). During the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2007-201... »
December 5, 2014

Can Chennai change its energy consumption patterns?

The Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-2012) in India recognised urban development as the key indicator of growth. However with the planet warming up and increased air-pollution, due to ‘petrol and die... »
Terrace gardens are becoming a popular way to growing organic vegetables
December 5, 2014

‘Edible’ terraces

People looking for their own green spaces in our concrete jungles are opting for terrace gardening in a big way. And this is not confined merely to ornamental plants for visual pleasure and aesthet... »