About eminent Indian Architect, Hafeez Contractor's authored 'HOUSING INDIA' on 'The Urban Planning' blog

Yesterday, came across the online musings authored by one of India's finest architects - Architect Hafeez Contractor - on a blog titled: 'The Urban Vision'.

His post there on the aforementioned blog is intriguingly titled 'HOUSING INDIA' the opening section of which goes like this...
The slums prevalent in many Indian cities are an evidence of the massive shortage of low cost housing. The census states that 42.6 million people lived in slums in 2001. This constitutes 15 per cent of the total urban population of the country and 22.6 per cent of the urban population of the states or union territories reporting slums.

Why the crisis?
The reason for this crisis is because India has not created housing in proportion to demand. We need to resolve this situation by two-ring strategy
  1. Government subsidized Economically weaker section housing.
  2. Drive the creation of Market drive affordable housing
The blog post goes on deliberating upon the two key points that are termed as the possible reasons for the crisis that urban India faces. It presents therein interesting reading stuff that compels its readers to ponder upon the various facets and challenges that Urban Planning presents forth. Interested readers of our blog are suggested to go through 'The Urban Vision' blog and provide feedback as what is your opinion on the subject.

A quick note on the blog author (taken from the very same mentioned blog):

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Hafeez Contractor has a has a Graduate Diploma in architecture from Mumbai and a masters in Urban design from Columbia University, New York. He is a member of the Bombay Heritage Committee and New Delhi Lutyens Bungalow Zone Review Committee. His organization firm has over 350 employees including senior associates, architects, interior designers, draftsmen, civil engineering team and architectural support staff. His firm has till date conceptualized, designed and executed a wide range of architectural projects like bungalows; residential developments; hospitals; hotels; corporate offices; banking and financial institutions; commercial complexes; shopping malls; educational institutions; recreational and sports facilities; townships; airports; railway stations, urban planning and civic redevelopment projects.

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  1. I have always been an admirer of Mr. Contractor as he has a big name in our world of Architecture.
    Being an architect I dream to work for a reputed company like his. Hope to get a chance one fine day


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