Graphical image of a city showing how green cities function by integrating factors like technology, energy, sense of place, euqality, accesibilty, food distrobution, transit, humanity, education, employment and exchange economy
Graphical image of a city showing how green cities function by integrating factors like technology, energy, sense of place, euqality, accesibilty, food distrobution, transit, humanity, education, employment and exchange economy
Fig: Portrayal of livable cities

Most of us blame cities as a development challenge!

Born on the ashes of nature, they are politically unstable, economically fragile, home to slums, diseases and violence, and carry an enduring inequality stream within themselves. They are even more complicated and harder to handle. Despite this widely held belief, cities and urbanization can be controlled if sustainable development goals are followed. They have the potential to eradicate poverty, begin the path to economic and equitable development, reduce disaster risk, and address the effects of climate change.

The world demographics have changed a lot in the last century. In 1950, only 30% of regions were urban, with a world economy…


Graphical representation of various sectors of disabled communities and their way of accessing information
Graphical representation of various sectors of disabled communities and their way of accessing information
Source: https://www.forrec.com/

I was in College in my 4th year of Bachelor of Architecture when I got introduced to the topic of Universal Design. It was a one-day assignment and after submission, we were let off for the day. Eventually, like all assignments, it also got lost under the pile of sheets and never seen again. I won’t say I wasn’t taught enough in my college. Indeed, we were introduced to all topics of urban design, heritage, and restoration, climatology, economics, management, sustainability, and many more. However, Universal design remained just like one assignment and never got incorporated in any other jury…

Misbah Imtiyaz

Architect + Urbanist

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