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    This chapter explains the spatial planning of a typical haveli and the significance of Vastu Shastra and directions in determining the orientation of this type of dwelling. It also includes important aspects of courtyard design and demarcation of entrance. 2.1 Orientation of Havelis 2.1.1 Direction and Polarity According to the ancient story of Mahabharata, Indian time is structured in relation to the motion of the Sun and Moon. The four directions related to the cycle of sun are – Poorva…

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    English mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once said, “The greatest invention of the nineteenth century was the invention of the method of invention.” Those insightful words could not ring more true when spoken at the time. The world was changing and science and technology was at the forefront of this movement. New manufacturing processes were developed and instead of everything being hand-made, goods were produced in factories. As more new machines were invented, production…

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    Gallery in Bangalore? The fast growing city of Bangalore has a whole lot of problems; the roads (or lack off), the chaotic and undermanaged development of the city, the poor sanitation, dying lakes (and dying fish- another story) and in the last few weeks, even the weather; the one truly attractive character of Bangalore has turned ugly with the city sweltering with temperatures of 37 degree centigrade! But something else has also been raising hackles in the city in the last few weeks. A little…

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    The Socio-spatial Dialectic and Segregation in the Industrial and Apartheid City There is a strong correlation between the social aspect of living and the spacial aspect of living, especially in urban areas and the modern city, as defined by (Pacione, 2005). These aspects have had a significant effect on world history, such as in the industrial city and the apartheid city. The Socio-spatial Dialectic The socio-spatial dialectic (Soja, 1980), describes the interaction between space and society…

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    1. What are the advantages of smart cities? More than half the population of the world will be living in smart cities by the end of next decade. People want to avail benefits of a high tech environment living as an added advantage for those who want to. Technology is an aspect that is more responsive to people’s necessities, as one of the advantages of living in smart cities. Technology is also a powerful resource that tends to make people move towards cities making use of it. It is a response…

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    4.1 CITY LEVEL INITIATIVES: 4.1.1 Chandigarh: Chandigarh has more than 35% of its geographical area under forests, parks and trees covers making it one of the greenest cities of the country. It is one of the modern planned cities of India. Chandigarh has a geographical area of about 140 sq,km, has a population of about 10,54,686 according to 2011 census and density around 7912 persons/ sq.km. The per capita availability of green space is around 55 sq.m and the number of green spaces in terms of…

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    Global Perspectives Sweden Causes The main cause of overpopulation in Sweden is due to immigration of people from other countries to Sweden. Most of the immigrants are from other parts of Europe(Finland,Poland,Germany,Turkey,Denmark,Norway,Romania,United Kingdom, Hungary) , Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Thailand, Chile, Former Yugoslavia, and may more. Moreover, many citizens from the rural areas in Sweden are moving to the urban areas which decrease the population in the rural area and increase…

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    Suburban America: Problems and Promises, a documentary produced by Ron Rudaitis, examines the changing face of suburbia in America. The intended audience for this documentary would be society, because it explored how the suburban community has and is changing historically, politically and socially. Through the documentary, Ron explored the issues that are associated with suburbs and how they are growing to become sustainable environmental regions, the changing infrastructure and redevelopment of…

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    Urban Migration

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    In reality, large population and employment subcenters have emerged outside of central cities in large metropolitan areas, which demonstrate that major cities have become increasingly polycentric. This phenomenon has been driven by job clusters emerge where there is a good transportation network and suburbanization of labor force (16). However, the suburbanization pattern…

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    My surroundings seemed normal; as I had not lived anywhere else to compare it too. However, the neighborhood became overcrowded, houses were being robbed, and the presence of gangs started to appear. After the age of five, my parents moved us to the city of Woodhaven. Realizing the deterioration of the neighborhood validated the reasons why my parents did not want to raise their children in a crime filled area. The one intense incident that I experienced left a lasting impression of how…

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