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Coronavirus Science & Technology - Worldwide

Global research on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

How wearables can assist in curbing spread of covid-19

New study suggests COVID-19 may become seasonal; countries must continue physical distancing until 2022
Explained: How will the coronavirus pandemic play out? Some possible scenarios, from research

Cytokine Storms May Be Fueling Some COVID Deaths
Specialized Proteins May Halt the Severe Cytokine Storms Seen in COVID-19 Patients

Early Data Suggests People Taking Hydroxychloroquine, Other Autoimmune Drugs Still Susceptible to COVID-19
Hydroxychloroquine in the management of critically ill patients with COVID-19: the need for an evidence base

Early peek at data on Gilead coronavirus drug suggests patients are responding to treatment
What is remdesivir? Gilead Sciences drug reportedly shows promise treating coronavirus

COVID-19 patients’ response to plasma gives hope

Google Cloud Healthcare API focused on interoperability, during pandemic and beyond
Google unveils tech to make it easier for doctors and patients to share health info

Coronavirus may be aided by body's own immune response to enter more cells: Study

Use of hydroxychloroquine shows no benefit for treating COVID-19 patients: Report

Can genome sequencing unravel the Covid-19 riddle?

Chinese medics may be injected with newly developed COVID-19 vaccine by year-end: Health official
Coronavirus vaccines: An overview of where we stand

US government experiments with simulations to show the coronavirus can 'quickly' be destroyed by SUNLIGHT, but notes the results are yet to be proven
HIGHER TEMPS CUT VIRUS LIFE: William Bryan on how virus survives

What does this mean - roam in sunlight without breaking lockdown rules. Can do suryanamaskar to scortching Sun. Alas, isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol or propan-2-ol or isopropanol or 2-propanol) is not drinkable - but can be used for cleaning hands & face with care!

Deep Dive: COVID-19 Spurs Biometric Innovations For A Contactless Global Society

Post COVID-19, World Will See Surge In Deep Tech Such As Augmented And Virtual Reality

A cheap paper device is being developed in UK to detect Covid-19 cases from waste water

Virus could cling to air pollutants
COVID-19 gene detected in air pollutants: Study

If sunlight is able to kill them then during summer they may not be able to travel long distances unless helped by wind. Let us hope will be eliminate virus before rainy season.

Covid-19 may spread via speech, says study

Preference for Collaborative and Open COVID Innovation and Creativity

Coronavirus global updates, April 25: WHO says “no evidence” that recovered patients cannot be reinfected

Covid-19 has blown apart the myth of Silicon Valley innovation

WHO, global partners join forces to develop COVID-19 technologies

Covid warrants global unity for innovation

NASA Contributes Expertise, Ingenuity to COVID-19 Fight

Robots that disinfect surfaces with UV light to join Covid-19 fight

Recovered patients may not be immune to Covid-19: WHO

Explained: Where does Covid-19 virus first strike? Study pinpoints two cell types in nose
How Coronavirus enters the body: Here’s what researchers have found
Coronavirus attacks lining of blood vessels all over the body, Swiss study finds
Coronavirus can infect cells of the intestine, and replicate there too!
First detailed images of coronavirus show how deadly bug multiplies in the gut

Expect new innovations from global grad show to fend off Covid-19 threat

Opinion: How social enterprises are playing a role in COVID-19 response

Tech Innovation assisting Countries to combat COVID-19

New Covid-19 debate: How does coronavirus enter our body and can it transmit sexually?
Coronavirus can transmit through sex, say Chinese researchers in shocking finding

UK Scientists Plan to Expand Human Trials of Potential COVID-19 Vaccine

Hotter and humid weather may not stop COVID-19: Study

Could Vitamin D deficiency be harmful to COVID-19 patients?

Intellectual discourse Post-COVID 19: Technology catalyzing how to research and disseminate

Triple antiviral combo shows early promise: Study
New antiviral drug combo shows promise against Covid-19: Study

Covid-19 vaccine: The search for a coronavirus cure

Corona research round-up: New antibody test, mother's milk; more

Coronavirus: 60 to 70 % population will get Covid-19, if vaccine not developed in 2 yrs, says US professor

Covid-19 may have originated from recombined bat, pangolin coronaviruses

Saliva test could boost Covid-19 detection

Priced at $5 and taking just minutes, new antigen test in US could be Covid ‘game-changer’

Coronavirus: Here's why men are more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection

Oxford University's Covid-19 vaccine test on monkeys shows promise

COVID-19 vaccine current status: Here are the 9 top contenders for coronavirus vaccines

COVID-19 accelerating investments in cloud, AI and cybersecurity: Microsoft India President

US Researchers Find Antimicrobial Coating Kills Coronavirus For 90 Days

Screen COVID-19 patients for blood clotting abnormalities: Study

India could avoid 72 per cent of COVID-19 cases after lockdown by closing red light areas: Yale and Harvard study

WHO backs COVID-19 vaccine trials that deliberately infect participants

Study shows cats can transmit coronavirus to each other without showing symptoms

Coronavirus crisis: The Race for a Cure

New model to estimate impact of interventions in controlling COVID-19 pandemic: Study

Indian-origin minister unveils new multi-million-pound vaccine facility in UK
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Border Blockade (Kerala)

Border Blockade Issue (Kerala)

Kasaragod patients’ insistence on choice of hospitals puts DK officials in a fix

Go to doc in Kasaragod before rushing to M’luru, says expert

Seven who crossed State border booked, sent to quarantine

Kerala family take the sea route to beat Mangaluru blockade

Less clarity on Kerala-Karnataka border brings out reality of interdependence for survey officials

Kerala also erects check-post on border with Karnataka at Talapady

Coastal Karnataka ensures supply of essentials to north Kerala amidst lockdown

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's Kannada tweet on Basava Jayanti wins hearts

16 migrants including pregnant woman stuck at Talapady

Home’s near but far even after walking, hitchhiking from Maharashtra
Keralites walk, hitchhike trucks to reach border, but entry to state only for those with cars

A day after becoming COVID-19 free, Kasaragod reports four new cases
Officially, Kasaragod has a reception centre only at Thalappady on the National Highway 66 to receive non-resident Keralites. But stringers working for vernacular newspapers said vehicles coming from Bengaluru preferred Mudur route as it was shorter. Vehicles entering Kasaragod from Mudur could head for Adoor, and then to Palanchi, Bethurpara, Kundamkuzhi and reach Poinachi on the National Highway. From Poinachi, one could go either to Kanhangad for Kasaragod. Also, two days ago, Melparamba police saw four fishermen -- three from Kollam and one from Marthandam in Kanyakumari district -- walking on the railway track.
Heavy rush at Talapady check-post
Ban on entry of unregistered Keralites through Talapady

Locals allege railway employees violating quarantine rules, seek action
The residents near the railway stations also allege that majority of railway employees especially from Kerala commute to Kerala regularly to save rent. For this, they follow the practice of completing their split duty in a single shift by working for long hours. Then they go to their hometowns for two days rest without mentioning leave in attendance register. In similar fashion, many employees who went to Kerala had got stuck there due to the unexpected lockdown. When the administration noticed the absence of employees for several days, an enquiry was conducted. As per rule, railway employees should reside within a radius of five kilometres from the railway station. After preliminary enquiry, a few who went to their hometowns without applying leave or informing higher officials were instructed to join for work. Fearing suspension and action, many returned from Kerala illegally. Several of them returned in trains which left from Kerala to north Indian states carrying migrant workers.
Youths from either side might lose jobs due to Kerala border closure
Several concerns which had stopped functioning because of lockdown rules, have now begun operations with minimum staff. The companies having employees from the neighbouring states have asked them to report for duties. People from Kerala working in Mangaluru have to report for work and likewise, people from Dakshina Kannada working in Kerala are under pressure to re-join work. When the borders will open is uncertain as yet.
Karnataka govt employees too stuck in Kerala

Migrant workers turn edgy, hit rail track to reach Mangaluru, sent back

Kerala students worried as Karnataka forgets to include them in exam plants

Bride stuck at border during 'Muhurtham'; couple gets married at dusk, goes in quarantine
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Urban Planning - Worldwide

Cities are on the front lines of COVID-19

Building urban resilience in the face of COVID-19

Implications of COVID-19 for the Environment and Sustainability
Ten Thoughts on the Future of Practice
Ten Thoughts on the Future of Practice

Urban planning crucial for better public health in cities
Integrating health in urban and territorial planning

Public health experts should be at the urban design table: Consultant

Cities are at centre of coronavirus pandemic – understanding this can help build a sustainable, equal future

The Future of Cities

An urban planner mapped every NYC street, showing it's 'extremely difficult' to maintain social distance

COVID-19 Could Force City Planners To Rethink Their Priorities

Urban densities and the Covid-19 pandemic: Upending the sustainability myth of global megacities

Disease and urban densities
India and other countries must therefore do everything possible to tackle the increasingly unmanageable population densities of their urban agglomerations. Urban planning will have to factor in realistic estimates of population growth and demographics to arrive at a “critical mass” against which cities will have to ensure provision of public amenities and services. They may also study some of China’s interventions to deal with ‘Chengshi Bing’ (literally meaning ‘big city disease’) that have successfully led to population decline in Beijing and Shanghai, two of its densest cities. The task is not easy, but the next, more severe biological disaster may be just around the corner. It will be unwise and indeed perilous to allow nature to play the balancing act.
Architects and built environment professionals from around the world on COVID-19 and sustainability
“The authorities must now give priority to the inclusion of informal settlements. It’s high time for investment and innovation, because in overpopulated slum communities, for example, social distancing simply doesn’t work.” – Indian architect Avneesh Tiwari.
Coronavirus has exposed the fragility of auto-centric cities

Reclaiming the future for cities after COVID-19
Third, urban mobility will undergo a series of corrections. For one, public buses, trains and ferries may come back more aggressively than before.
How? What happens to social distancing?

Safer, more sustainable transport in a post-Covid-19 world

Milan to retrofit 22 miles of urban streets for post-COVID pedestrian use
How the COVID-19 crisis inspired this major Italian city to transform its polluted streets – for good
Milan announces ambitious scheme to reduce car use after lockdown
Milan is to introduce one of Europe’s most ambitious schemes reallocating street space from cars to cycling and walking, in response to the coronavirus crisis.
Good if there is protection measures against sun, rain and snow depending upon climate zone/season.

Coronavirus: Urban planners across Europe reclaim the streets from cars during lockdown
'Cleaner and greener': Covid-19 prompts world's cities to free public space of cars

Paris Has a Plan to Keep Cars Out After Lockdown
“I say in all firmness that it is out of the question that we allow ourselves to be invaded by cars, and by pollution,” she said. “It will make the health crisis worse. Pollution is already in itself a health crisis and a danger — and pollution joined up with coronavirus is a particularly dangerous cocktail. So it’s out of the question to think that arriving in the heart of the city by car is any sort of solution, when it could actually aggravate the situation.”
Paris Plans to Maintain Anti-Pollution and Anti-Congestion Measures post Covid-19 Lockdown

COVID-19: Innovative! Copenhagen’s ‘floating islands’ set to create recreational space for public parks

Barcelona lays out plan to support recovery of mobility after lockdown

Leicester: City’s COVID-19 Transport Recovery Plan published

Can Indian cities adopt walk-to-work, cycling easily?

How the coronavirus is already reshaping the design of parks and streets in New South Wales

Coronavirus outbreak: Montreal expands city's urban planning for pedestrians, cyclists amid pandemic

City of Vancouver seeking to fast track housing projects due to coronavirus impact

Sydney: More cycleways, streets to shut, footpaths widened under NSW's COVID-19 plan

Urban farms to traffic bans: Cities prep for post-coronavirus future
Cities will aim to become more self-reliant and resilient, with a focus on transport, energy and food security, he added.
Now, authorities from Bogota to Philadelphia are looking at mobility, adding more bicycle lanes and barring traffic from some streets so more people can walk safely during lockdowns - measures planners say will be long lasting.

In Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo is aiming for the “quarter-hour city”, where most daily needs are within a 15-minute walk, bike ride or public transport commute, to reduce congestion and pollution, and improve quality of life.
Urban farming is an under-exploited “low hanging fruit”, with many potential benefits including more livelihoods and improved household nutrition of the urban poor, said Paul Teng, dean of the National Institute of Education in Singapore.
Greener and cleaner: Reimagining our cities in the wake of COVID-19[/B]

After COVID-19, Urban Planning Will Never Be The Same

City leaders aim to shape green recovery from coronavirus crisis

Blue-sky thinking: how cities can keep air clean after coronavirus

Bikes starting to push cars out of cities thanks to COVID-19

France’s plan to push pedal power to keep post-pandemic pollution levels low

World Bank, Maldives sign $16.5m project to support resilient urban development

How Will Americans Commute After Lockdowns End?

3 Ways China’s Transport Sector Is Working to Recover from COVID-19 Lockdowns
1. Repositioning Public Transport with New Health Standards, Contact Tracing


Some municipal bus operators, like in Beijing and Shenzhen, are also encouraging people to use traceable payment methods like WeChat, Alipay or transit smart cards, instead of cash. These payment methods not only cut down on exposure risks, but also help local authorities trace possible contacts and quickly inform passengers and relevant communities if a passenger is diagnosed with COVID-19. Shanghai has put QR codes in its buses and is encouraging passengers to scan and register their contact information.

Chinese cities have also adopted data-driven tracking and scheduling systems that may fundamentally change the future of transit operations. In Suzhou, the pilot city of WRI’s Transit Metropolis Project, a smart transit platform analyzes crowd distribution inside buses in near-real time and identifies the volume of passengers in each vehicle through smart transit cards. The system proved helpful during the COVID-19 outbreak, when the vehicle occupancy information was made available to the public to allow the staggering of travel time and is now helping the city monitor a slow return to normal.


2. Reviving Bike Sharing as a Reliable, Low-Carbon Mobility Mode


Local municipalities and companies have encouraged this trend and taken steps to ensure bike sharing’s accessibility and safety. Meituan took the initiative to disinfect all bikes on the street in the cities they operate regardless of the brand, and other companies have followed. Meanwhile, city regulators such as the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport have banned bike-sharing companies from increasing prices during the pandemic.


3. Smarter Urban Freight


Besides changes in freight operations, the pandemic may also lead to changes in freight vehicles. To tackle issues with road closures and exposure risks, contact-less, last-mile deliveries have been prototyped using autonomous, electric delivery robots. For example, Jingdong Logistics, a package delivery firm, performed last-mileage delivery to a hospital in Wuhan using autonomous robots. Although widespread adoption still requires substantial legislative and regulatory enablers, this potentially low-emission solution could be a glimpse into the future.

Covid-19: How South Korea turned an urban planning system into a virus tracking database

A functional city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

How cities can manage travel demands in post-COVID-19 societies

Urban Mobility Redesign and Rethinking During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus inspires cities to push climate-friendly mobility

COVID-19 prompts rethinking of urban mobility and city planning
Physical exercises also help to develop immune systems. Non-motorized transport runs on 0 energy emissions as the cleanest form of transport. So, it helps in reducing transport sector emissions along with ensures safe mobility in case of future pandemics.
How has COVID-19 impacted 2020’s mobility trends?

2. MaaS is multimodal

The second prediction is that traffic management will be recognised as a significant portion of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS). It is expected that Traffic Management 2.0 (TM 2.0) and Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) will be integrated into MaaS in 2020. The potential impact of COVID-19 on this prediction is minimal because including data from traffic management and operations should not be affected by a pandemic even though mobility choices certainly will be affected.

3. Public autonomous transport

The third prediction is that autonomous vehicles (AVs) will actually be put into public transport service, rather than being operated just in pilots and trials.

How remote work and COVID-19 will impact city planning: Jennifer Keesmaat Q&A

Opinion: Redesigning The COVID-19 City

Don’t blame dense cities for the spread of coronavirus

Is your neighborhood raising your coronavirus risk? Redlining decades ago set communities up for greater danger

As coronavirus forces us to keep our distance, city density matters less than internal density
High internal densities linked to spread

So what kind of density is relevant for the spread of coronavirus? It has become increasingly clear COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through extended close contact, particularly in enclosed spaces, where droplets and aerosols accumulate. The density that matters is internal population density – generally measured as square metres per person.

Thus, high-risk places can include dormitories, open-plan offices, churches, hospitals, public transport, planes and cruise ships. The evidence to date points to much less transmission through casual contacts in outdoor spaces such as streets or parks.
Internal densities are geared to wealth. This means some people live and work under conditions where they can adapt to this virus and some do not. If we look at the densities in New York, for example, we find COVID-19 cases so far do not correlate with the density of Manhattan. Instead, cases are concentrated in the outer suburban areas of Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and The Bronx.
What we need to do is design a more equitable city without the internal densities that have proven so deadly.
Is the City Itself the Problem?
The dense urban environment can also be an asset in fighting disasters like Covid-19. Density means cities can more easily concentrate resources and social services where needed. Residents, in theory, have quicker access to hospitals and health care. And when nurtured by “social infrastructure” — community centers, libraries, and yes, public parks — cities can generate lifesaving networks of social ties which combat isolation and mitigate the effects of disasters.
Covid-19 will likely speed up shift to decentralise CBD, experts say

Coronavirus is dark side of an urban interconnected world: Kemp
Great cities have often been able to achieve much higher levels of economic output per capita, and hence income and wealth, than smaller secondary cities and rural areas. Their exceptional productivity and incomes is what has made them attractive to migrants, nationally and internationally, but they have always been unhealthy places.
The myth of great cities had been broken a long back - Real performing India is not on radar: Economist S Gurumurthy 17:10.

COVID-19: The need is to decentralise how we manage wastewater
In Ethiopia, Keeping Water Flowing During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

'Idiocy of our current urban systems': Inequality, not high-density cities, to blame for COVID-19's spread

As far as India is concerned, inequality can be tackled more economically in Tier-II/III cities than tier-I cities. So, let us create jobs and ask migrant to move to those cities.

Urban density and disease: U of T historian on whether COVID-19 will influence city planning

Urban slums are uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19: Here's how to help
Simply staying home is rarely an option for them, as it often means giving up work and even basic necessities like food, water and sanitation.
Is Your Neighborhood Raising Your Coronavirus Risk?

COVID-19: How past crises are helping the world's cities to respond and rebuild

Coronavirus can help us to reclaim our streets

A Closer Look at the Post-COVID-19 Office Landscape

COVID-19 has affected SDG and townships planning applications
COVID-19 Intensifies the Urgency to Expand Sustainable Energy Solutions Worldwide

How should L.A. be redesigned for coronavirus? Are doorknobs out? We asked the experts

Cities And COVID-19: Preparing For Pandemics – Analysis

The Post-Pandemic Style
Although the situation is still unfolding, already the COVID-19 pandemic is begetting new design theories. According to Architectural Digest, many designers and architects anticipate the broad implementation of automated touchless technologies—such as voice-activated elevators, hands-free light switches, and cellphone-controlled hotel room entry—in public spaces to mitigate against contagion. As the sanatorium inspired modernist buildings, so too might construction elements from 21st century health care be appropriated for public space, such as ventilation systems to remove contaminated air. Like the modernists who rejected ornament in service of hygiene, contemporary designers are likely to utilize anti-bacterial materials in forms that can be easily sanitized.

Speculating on the impact of social distancing on urban design, some suggest that architects may design smaller venues and more open spaces to alleviate density. By increasing the number of security lanes and automating check-in procedures, redesigned airports could reduce congestion and ease passenger flow. Depending on how productive remote work proves to be in this pandemic, virtual space may also hasten the decline of open offices. Already, co-working disrupter WeWork appears to be pivoting from shared desks to “buffer seating”—that is, the cubicle. Rather than a provisional fix, social distancing could become a design paradigm.
Office space should be flexible enough to address both as per conditions - social distancing during biocrisis and shared desks otherwise. Even airport, railway station etc designs should be flexible to address both conditions. Question is cost for flexibility.

City planning in the post-Covid-19 era will be very different
Architects and planners need to rethink shared spaces, public or private, to make them controllable, manageable and able to be immediately re-purposed in an emergency.
Re-purposability or adaptability or flexibility or 'biocrisis resilience' is what needed. Other option is to continue working from home (assuming issues like security are addressed) and attend office only for meetings.

Balconies, bicycles and belonging: the future of communities after Covid-19

Coronavirus will change Pittsburgh, but how? Here are 26 local leaders' predictions for what's to come.

The Coronavirus and the future of Main Street

Post-Covid 19 development must be bold and inclusive
Third, there’s nothing that creates equity more than good, safe housing.


Finally, developers need to be more community-driven than ever.

A Lesson from Social Distancing: Build Better Balconies

A balcony with enough sunlight is needed for Vitamin-D.

What the COVID-19 lockdowns can teach us about city design
Planners may consider leaving small parcels of strategic urban land available for emergency food production or in case temporary medical facilities or housing need to be set up.
Coronavirus reminds us how liveable neighbourhoods matter for our well-being
We’re at a fork in the road: do we choose neighbourhoods to live, work and play in?

Commentary: Past pandemics changed the design of cities. Six ways COVID-19 could do the same
Expect more people to embrace the Healthy Building Movement, an approach to improving health through strategies like greater natural light, improved ventilation, fewer toxic substances and the incorporation of plants and other natural materials. Think skylights, large windows, rooftop terraces, balconies and courtyards. Spaces for exercise and meditation could become standard along with home offices.
Now Is the Time to Embrace Density

Smart cities during COVID-19
5. Finding new ways to make social isolation less isolating

Alongside Torino Social Impact, Nesta Italia and others have set up an open crowdsourced platform, Torino Come Stai? (Turin How Are You?) While still in early development, the platform aims to create a useful resource for those who are in quarantine. ...

Better collaboration between cities

Collective intelligence approaches are also enabling better collaboration between cities. Networks of ‘intelligent cities’ are pooling knowledge and resources about effective real-time pandemic responses. Examples are found along a continuum ranging from more centralised to more open, distributed approaches. ...

Other more open and collaborative models have emerged too, such as the Cities For Global Health platform. It seeks to blur traditional boundaries between local, regional, city levels of administration to find collective responses to deal with this crisis. ...
Small is beautiful: Planning for a post-Covid world

How COVID-19 Is Changing Our Perspective on Playgrounds

Coronavirus: we're in a real-time laboratory of a more sustainable urban future
These can be summed up in ten ideas that cities could implement after this crisis:

If more of us work from home after coronavirus we’ll need to rethink city planning
Data from Aussie Broadband show evening peak broadband use has increased 25% during the shutdown. Additional daytime increases are expected due to home schooling with term 2 starting.
With more people working from home, domestic energy use in the middle of the day is noticeably higher. Some 30% of customers use an average of 1.5kWh more electricity between 9am and 5pm.
With these trends in mind, future investment in roads, public transport, energy and telecommunications will need to consider the likelihood of more people working from home.
Get me out of here! Americans flee crowded cities amid COVID-19, consider permanent moves

How COVID-19 could change the way cities look and operate after the lockdowns

Maze parks to micromarkets: How coronavirus could bring cities closer to home

Cities, Battered by COVID-19, Remain Key to Recovery. How Can Investments Be Well Spent?

We can’t let coronavirus kill our cities. Here’s how we can save urban life

Cities are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. These organizations are leading the urban response.

How Coronavirus Will Change City Life47:32

Coronavirus spotlights equity and access issues with children’s right to play

Our cities may never look the same again after the pandemic

So coronavirus will change cities – will that include slums?

Urban Resilience: Learnings from COVID-19
2. Urban food security


Cuban urban gardens started as a response to the economic crisis of the early 1990s. following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country, then heavily dependent on food imports, shifted to local food production. Urban farms were one of the positive outcomes of this shift. Today, Cuba’s urban farms produce over 65% of the country’s food on only 25% of its land.


In Havana, agriculture occupies 46% of the city’s surface or 35,900 ha (FAO). In 2012, food production in the city reached 63 million kg of vegetables and 20 million kg of fruit. The generated food surplus goes to social needs: up to 10% of the local produce goes to schools, hospitals and universities at subsidised prices. In addition, families use 89,000 backyards and 5,100 plots of less than 800 sqm to grow fruit and vegetables for their own consumption. In densely populated areas, food is produced in containers on rooftops and balconies.


In Germany, 20% of the agriculture is to be organically farmed by 2030 (Organic Food Production Alliance), which showcases the country’s consciousness for healthy eating habits. Berlin is at the forefront of the movement: many of its 3.6 million inhabitants want local, healthy and sustainable food. Over 80,000 households have a vegetable garden. People are growing high-quality organic fruit and vegetables in parks and on vacant plots.
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Will Covid-19 show us how to design better cities?

Tactical Urbanism: Reimagining Our Cities post-Covid-19

Coronavirus fallout could increase multifamily construction demand in suburbs

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Webinar on Tactical Urbanism as COVID 19 Response - April 02, 2020
CTBUH India Webinar: Post-Pandemic Urban Design
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Urban Planning - India

Post-pandemic cities: Will changes wrought by coronavirus outbreak on urban structures be the 'new normal'?

Will the Covid-19 crisis change the face of Indian cities?
Covid-19 might reignite the debate on the trade-off between densification and sprawl in cities among urban planners. Space in a rapidly urbanising India is a premium, resulting in the preference for compact city-planning models. Such cities are generally more productive, manageable and energy-efficient, but at the same time are also more vulnerable to contagion and more strongly exhibit socio-economic disparities.

On the other hand, urban sprawls may have greater liveability and wellbeing in such a crisis. Covid-19 will at least nudge planners to factor in mitigation strategies such as social distancing when conceptualising norms for all future planning.
Mumbai fared better than global cities against Covid-19: Experts

How COVID-19 can change urban planning in India

urban agglomeration/cluster, corridor all are possible with a population totalling around 30 lakhs to have good infrastructure like transport (metro/suburb, airport, BRTS), health (supersepciality hospitals) etc.

Urban Planning Issues

‘I will never come back’: Many Indian migrant workers refuse to return to cities post lockdown

COVID-19 lockdown: Why some workers lost patience
The rich now trusts the government most, while the less privileged experience an absence of the same
COVID-19 pandemic sheds light on urban inequality vs mobility needs in cities

COVID-19 exposes fault lines in peri-urban areas

Earth day musings: Can this pandemic change the idea of a city?

National Capital Rift: How Covid-19 Pandemic Unravelled the Myth of NCR

Mumbai’s Bandra-Worli Sea Link is a symbol of aspiration – and reckless development

Urban Planning Suggestive Actions

Fighting COVID-19 in cities

Covid-19 is a wake-up call for India’s cities, where radical improvements in sanitation and planning are needed

Sustainable Housing Can't Slip Under the Radar Once the COVID-19 Crisis Subsides
It should be realised that a given land area can have many more smaller houses, therefore more number of people, than the number of bigger houses that would be possible in the same land area, having lesser number of people. Therefore, in the larger interest of justice and equality, it is numbers of people that must form the basis of the development strategy for land use and housing, and the concept of FSI should be discarded.
Sooner than later, it will become critical for various state governments to undertake comprehensive planning of slums land in their respective cities with a new parameter, based on density rather than FSI as a planning tool.
If each slum has to be rebuilt to accommodate all residents in it with adequate living space for everyone residing in that slum then idea is alright. But it can not be done with independent houses as slum density are high.

In case government involves private builders then builder also need some return on his investment and hence more floor space to cover his expenditure. That may mean construction of more floors resulting in increased pressure on infrastructure & environment.

It is high time that governments get out of such a failed arrangement and resort to undertaking the responsibility of promoting social housing.
If government has enough financial resources then it can do this.

But the best option is to generate employment opportunities in less populated tier-II/III cities and encourge slum dwellers (mainly migrants from these tier-II/III cities or nearby villages) to migrate back.

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Two, as road and public transport infrastructure are improved, cities must be allowed to grow vertically multiple-fold. This is the only way to give people more elbow room in their own houses, as raising floor space indices will reduce land prices dramatically, allowing more lower and middle class citizens to buy small homes.
Transit-oriented development is prefered. But before growing vertically we should know all problems involved with it. Not only road it requires additional water, power, drainage infrastructure. More people definitely contribute to more air/water/land pollution. Tall building trap air pollution and also heat.

Better to settle migrants in a city nearer to the place were they have now reverse migrated or else in their village itself by creating jobs there.

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The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry is at a crossroads. For ages, the AEC industry has shied away from extensive use of artificial intelligence and software operating methodology. However, now the disruptive cloud computing technology, like Building Information Management (BIM) Development, is coaxing and guiding us all to be more collaborative, connected and transparent. The future of construction does not seem to be far from witnessing innovation, such as utilising the Internet of Things and leveraging 3D imaging to replicate the experience of a site, transforming the way the industry operates and functions.

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How effectively BIM can be used for achieving affordable housing sector goals? Whether in can be used for imposing inclusiveness criteria for sharing building resources? Whether building/land resources consumed by each person can be identified and taxed (property tax) accordingly?

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Decentralised urbanization is good but for other states not an easy task to achieve as Kerala depends a lot on expatriates and then migrant workers for local works. Anyway for inclusive growth of India we have to reduce dependency on a few tier-I cities. As Kerala's population is going down it has to encourage migrants for permanent settlement.

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Density is not necessarily a negative characteristic of urban space. A report on reshaping economic geography shows that density helps economies grow; the higher the density, the shorter the distance between workers, businesses, and parts of supply chains.
A dense city of infinite size can not have shorter distance of supply chain. If this is not so then whole India can be clubbed into a single city for maximal economic benefit. A good supply chain is one when city size is proportional to the availability of resources nearer to it instead of getting resources from far off places. Decentralized urbanization can also yield shorter distance (for walk-to-work, walk-to-shop) between workers, businesses just like decentralized CBD. Clustering size should be determined by availability of resources nearer to it. It is better if migrant workers get a job in an industrial cluster city nearer to their home village. And financial burden on the government will also be reduced as it is catering for needs of poors in an economically cheaper city. We will discuss more about this, specialization (domain of excellence or vertical of excellence), trade, inclusiveness, environment, resilience, population distribution, SDGs, doughnut model and other economy aspects in globalization x localization.

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Covid-19 should also speed up decentralized urbanization (that is urbanization of tier-II/III cities). That is no tier-I cities exceeding a population limit. I prefer 100 cities of 20-40 lakhs population than 10 cities of more than 60 lakh population. A city with about 30 lakh population can satisfy density requirements along with environment goals (size & density requirements for having a performing transport infrastructure like airport, health infrastructure, social infrastructure etc). It may be preferable as posted earlier to develop urban corridors of smaller cities than a few mega cities to mitigate urban heat island 2 effects. What we need is cities of optimum size & density neither losing benefits of economic agglomeration nor facing effects of negative economic agglomeration. How much resource area available to each city in the vicinity is also an important factor to develop self-reliant regions with a optimal-sized city/corridor at the core feeding smaller cities and villages in the region and vice versa. The self-reliant regions don't rely on other regions for essential goods & services hence can be easily isolated from others during any lockdown crisis. (The region can depend upon other region for non-essential goods & services. Each core city/region can have its own specialization area of non-essential goods & services.)(The core city can have many areas of specialization, smaller cities of the region can also have their own area of specialization.). This region can suitably be planned for internal circular migration from/to the villages to/from the core city during non-harvest/harvest seasons (assuming the core city depend upon the villages for food & the villages depend upon the core city for other essential products - ignoring dependency structure of other smaller cities). Question is what should be the optimum size of self-reliant regions and how many of them we need and what should be ideal population of each region & its core city and what is the percentage of essential goods & services for which it can depend upon others (for example, each region need not manufacture medical equipments which are also essential goods) and what percentage of inter-regional migration is safe.

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The development which is built around the concept of Live-Work-Learn-Play, is designed and planned in a manner so that one can ‘walk from home’ to all essential services including grocery stores, medical facilities, schools and work place. Apart from looking at essential services, the township is built with great detailing that caters to needs of all age groups and their convenience, like form entertainment, malls, sports facilities to open spaces like parks, walking tracks, etc. within walking distance. There are reputed schools within the integrated development to nurture students across the region. Most importantly, the smart city houses a business district that allows residents living and working in the locality risk free access during such testing times.

In my opinion, there will a rise of satellite offices in suburbs or extended MMR region as corporates prioritize employee health and wellness while ensuring business continuity as employees can walk from home to work and avoid dependence on public transport. HDFC Palava branch is a classic example of how offices will function in the future. Since a large number of its workforces stays in the smart city, the bank did not face challenge in business continuity. Employees could walk to work while the townships governance ensured sanitization protocols in the office keeping the safety of its employees as a priority.
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One such city, result of intensive urban planning, is the Palava smart city in the KDMC area. The township was integrally built on planning and governance to promote the Live-Work-Play environment. During the time of crisis, the self-sustained city was ahead of the curve and quick to implement precautionary measures. Each neighborhood at Palava has instant access to security, grocery stores, medical facilities, and schools within a walking distance. Moreover, for a development to provide end-to-end solution to its residents, it’s important to have strong governance in place. Due to the existing infrastructure and right governance, day to day activities in Palava post the lockdown have been seamless. The city is witnessing smooth operations with just 20% of its manpower. From security with the help of 700 + CCV cameras and dedicated command centre, , sanitation, electricity, water supply to every essential activities, have been taken over by smart systems and processes with minimum human intervention. It was possible to quarantine and sanitize the township due to the presence of its central government model and its smart infrastructure at the core. A systematic process of disinfecting all common areas and regular temperature check at all gates was mandated to ensure safety of over 1 lac+ residents.

Online community channels like ‘Palava TV’ have kept the citizens updated and educated on how best to deal with the ongoing crisis. While on the other hand, residents have been duly following the social norms still finding ways to engage and help each other during these tough times, thus inculcating a strong sense of community and ownership. Beyond essential services and connectivity, Palava is built with great detailing that caters to the needs of all age groups and their convenience. From entertainment zones, malls, sports facilities to open spaces like parks, walking tracks, the city has an elaborate host of offerings. Some offerings seem basic, but during such unprecedented times makes one realize its value. For Eg: Within no time social distancing measures around the essential services stores were effortlessly possible because of planned broad roads and footpath around the stores coupled with apt governance by the in-house team.
When slum dwellers also get such facilities?

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Kishore Jain, the Bengaluru president of real estate developer body Credai, said people would move into less congested areas only if the government moves to improve infrastructure there. For instance, on Kanakapura Road in the south of Bengaluru, the metro rail network is reaching beyond the city limits, and this type of transit-oriented development would benefit a large number of people, driving real estate investments as well, he added.
Instead let government focus on improving infrastructure in tier-II cities so that a few could move back to their dear native land!

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  • India must institute an urban job assurance programme as a longer-term policy option to address the looming economic crisis.
All is needed is decentralized urbanization by encouraging growth of tier-II/III cities. Urban job assurance scheme for tier-II/III cities of less than say 10 lakh will lessen migration to tier-I cities - A Job Guarantee Programme for Urban India. Only question is how Lutyens will manage without servents - they opt for DIY or home robot?

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Warehouses for specialized products at supply points (near resources & manufacturing) and then multi-product warehouses at demand points (consumer locations) is fine. We need logistics hubs only for products for which we have failed to localize supply & demand due to specialization & trade benefits. We discuss more about this in globalization x localization.

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“Every city should have a plan to deal with pandemics, we can’t be caught unawares. The master plan should also focus on benchmarking health infrastructure,” said R Srinivas, senior town and country planner, Town and Country Planning Organisation -- an urban planning body under the ministry of housing and urban affairs.
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Some of the urgent measures cities will have to consider are:[LIST][*]Urban plans will need to turn tables and plan for lesser people and cap populations like in Shanghai and Beijing[*]The traditional methods of planning will need to be replaced by livability as a criteria[*]Any kind of growth or reservations, which are anti-poor will need to be disincentivised[*]Poverty and welfare will need to be a top planning priority, with population surveys done[*]Change statutes to allow municipal corporations to plan for the entire city, even if the development of certain areas fall under parastatals[*]Enhance municipal budgets, and like South Africa and Brazil, bring in ‘equalisation grants’, or decentralise budgets from the central government to create adequate health and other infrastructure for the poor[*]Is it time that we start looking at measures like population capping and enhancing municipal budgets seriously if we want to build equitable cities.[LIST]
Will Lutyens allow Shanghai and Beijing norms in a democratic country?

‘equalisation grants’, or 'decentralise budgets' - any form of extra budget for cities of less than 10 lakh population to create opportunities for poor is always welcome along with urban job guarantee scheme.

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Spatial distribution of Indian economy is top-heavy and dominated by big cities. ... However, economic growth in the cities had not generated labour intensive jobs in this age of outsourcing, contracting and automation. Research by World Bank economist Ejaz Ghani shows medium and large-scale manufacturing activities are also moving out of the big cities due to high land costs. Whereas, small scale informal sector trading and manufacturing are urbanising to take advantage of better infrastructure and business access. Livelihoods of the urban poor are almost entirely tied to the informal economy. Ejaz Ghani suggests the need to focus on small scale entrepreneurship to generate urban jobs.
Why small scale informal sector trading and manufacturing is not finding land costly in big cities? If jobs in big cities are not good for poor why they are not moving out along with medium and large-scale industries? Is it skill level? Or ancillary industries taking time to move out or prefering to stay in big cities?

Just because of population informal sector may be growing there to cater to their needs. I think everything will get readjusted. It is a matter of time. Some policy initiative may hasten the process. What are those policies? Infrastructure in small cities? I prefer poor from big cities to move out & find better jobs in tier-II/III cities.

Who wants poor to stay in big cities permanently? Lutyens? Lutyens media? For what? No doubt, thanks to Lutyens a migrant worker earning ₹200 daily in Delhi earns ₹700 daily in Kasaragod!

For me development of tier-II/III cities of regions from where slum dwellers migrated is more important than Central Vista development or slum developments in tier-I cities. Let us address root cause of migration rather than its consequences.

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"Whatever wrong has gone. You cannot set it right overnight. That is a different story. What I'm saying in future you can rev it up by reorienting, restructuring the entire real estate construction industry. If you do that, take it from me. It will have an immediate multiplier effect. migrant labourers will come back," Singh concluded.
Who influenced failure? Who benefitted from unplanned/uncontrolled real estate business in tier-I cities? How many builders have looked after their work force of migrants well and ensured contractors/subcontractors also look after them well? Why did all of them failed to look after migrants well? The statement "Migrant Exodus Result Of Failed Urban Planning" is 100% correct. Why did the government fail to develop non tier-I cities? Why did the government fail address regional inequalities?

Let us all pray to God that migrant labourers will never return to tier-I cities and ask him for regional parities.
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The test kit has been developed at a cost of ₹550 and it can be reduced to up to Rs 350 when taken to mass production, they said.
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This is what the issue! The government is developing skills in a city were cost of living is high. But exit-China MNCs want to go to a city were cost of living is low hence labout is cheap but skill level is high. Has the government already built one Skill Development Hub in Noida? If this is the way India will never attract those investment. Rubbish government!

We have to understand Chinese tactics. After developing a few city to a certain level it stopped its population growth further and focused on developng other cities' skill level so that cheap labours are available there.

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