Urban housing the world over face several issues in one way or the other. If it is about the shortage of affordable housing, in the developed, richer countries, it is about the lack of accessibility and unequal production of good housing, along with rising inequality in developing countries.

In countries like India, on the one hand, there is a fast-growing urban population with an ever-widening gap in available urban housing. On the other hand, the housing that is already available or produced lacks variety and imagination either to tackle this growth or help create livable built environments. In the case of government-led affordable housing, the developments are repetitive, inflexible, extremely small and often far away from cities and economic opportunities. In the case of private-led free-market housing, the developments are still repetitive, inflexible and expensive without much choice available. Often developed as gated-communities these developments are primarily responsible for the fragmentation that developing cities face in India and elsewhere.

Yet, in different parts of the world and different urban scenarios, alternative strategies to such problems faced by housing are being tested and undertaken. Firstly, the goal of this website is to document alternative housing strategies. While the strategies that are studied and presented are done so to suit a context such as in India, the examples are drawn from a diverse international context. Secondly, the goal of this project is also to research how such knowledge could become a discourse to the wider public. Furthermore, it shows how the wider public, the decision-makers and other stakeholders could engage in experimenting with new forms of housing production that result in accessible and livable cities that everyone would like to live-in.

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