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CCU is an organization dedicated to promote initiatives, research, knowledge gathering and dissemination that would lead to realization of the real potential of our cities as productive, healthy, beautiful, exciting, and efficient places. It is a collective effort to enhance the knowledge about cities and the emerging urban geographies and cultures. It aims to enhance the pride people feel towards their cities. It utilizes and integrates the existing social and professional capital in our cities for strategic urban initiatives. It strives for newer ways of effective engagement with people to bring them on board for the task of making cities better places.
Every urban dweller by virtue of a deep association with the city, feels an inherent need to contribute towards bettering it but being a single entity, lacks the resources to do so in a meaningful way. CCU provides a platform where individuals can come together and engage in sharing, whetting, integrating and implementing ideas aimed at making our cities better places.
CCU banks on the unrealized potential of the diverse knowledge, experiences and expertise available in cities. It is our firm belief that solutions to the enormous challenges faced by cities lie within them, and would be facilitated by diverse actors, different people, multi-disciplinary organizations and varied instruments. We want to focus on urban strengths to tackle the challenges in a smarter and more strategic way, utilizing the social and professional capital that cities possess but hardly use.

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As soon as I open my Instagram account, and type Delhi, the search results give my eyes and taste buds a wake up call, be it any hour of the day. Sometimes, not eating out is compensated by surfing on zomato and checking out food hotspots in the city that are yet to be tried. Ask a movie star, any college student.....Read More


Everybody is waiting for 16 May 2014 as it would finally put to rest the discussion and debates that have been raging for the past one year of whether Mr. Narendra Modi is our next Prime Minister. Every PM has a unique development agenda in general and also for urban areas/cities in particular. Cities have come to the forefront after economic liberalization of 1991.....Read More


There are two kinds of people in cities – those who like to ask for directions when lost, and those who hate asking for directions even if they are getting late for their own wedding.
For all the people who ask for directions, there must be people who give directions. These are of 4 kinds:
– Those who give extremely detailed directions – they tell you exactly how many shops you’ll pass or how many trees or dogs you’ll see on your right on the way to your destination. Meanwhile, you’ll be blocking traffic behind you, wondering whether this direction-teller can hear all those horns honking or is stone deaf….you’ll have your hand on the handle to roll up your window quickly or you’ll be revving your accelerator while pressing on the brakes at the same time ….....Read More


Open air theatres (OATs) are part of our education campuses, parks/gardens, art/cultural centres and now even IT Parks. Similar space/form has also started appearing as symbolic element in the enclosed manicured landscape spaces set on top of 2 level parking basements in the newer apartments and high-rise gated societies in NCR, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and many other cities.
It was very unusual to encounter an OAT; a designed one, inside a RaIn-Basera(Night Shelter), set within the residential quarter along Shankar Gali, behind the now demolished old wall of Shahjahanabad (now Old Delhi).
Wow! was my first expression; an expression of an architect to see a deliberate design of an open space by another architect/designer/CPWD or PWD Engineer.....Read More


Like Bhelpuri, the city has a number of ingredients, and like the city, this blog has a number of contributors. Now, experiencing the city is very much like having Bhelpuri – every person tastes the city in her/his own particular style – some elements are tangy for some but bland for others; sweet for some but bitter for others. But on the whole it makes a great snack!!
The contributors to this blog have two things in common – (i) they are volunteering for the ‘Centre for Contemporary Urbanism’ in some capacity and, (ii) each one of them feels strongly about the urban environment and would like to help make it better......Read More

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