What luck for Penang and George Town that you did not ever invite the famed 20th century Swiss architect, designer, artist and general polymath Le Corbusier, who when he donned his urbanist hat provided the world with several striking examples of how to build a city for cars. That most devinitely is not where you want to go. Fortunately most of his city projects never got off the drawing board. But today, the Danish architect Henrik Valeur tells us about one that did in the city of Chandigarh, and what perhaps Indian planners and urbanists can now do to rectify.
Sunita Narain, Centre for Science and Environment, Dehli
I write this column from my bed, recovering from an accident that broke my bones. I was hit by a speeding car when cycling. The car fled the scene, leaving me bleeding on the road. This is what happens again and again, in every city of our country, on every road as we plan without care for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. These are the invisible users. They die doing nothing more than the most ordinary thing like crossing a road. I was more fortunate. Two cars stopped, strangers helped me and took me to hospital. I got treatment. I will be back fighting fit.