Megacities pp 111-132 | Cite as

Landscapes of Water in Delhi: Negotiating Global Norms and Local Cultures

  • Jyoti Hosagrahar
Part of the Library for Sustainable Urban Regeneration book series (LSUR, volume 10)


Today more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. With anticipated increases in urbanization in Asia and Africa, addressing the growing needs of water and sanitation in cities has become one of the most urgent and pressing issues in urban sustainability. As the megacities of the world are home to such a large proportion of the urban population, the issue of water is particularly acute. Given the magnitude and complexity of the water question, this chapter focuses on water as one significant aspect of urban sustainability in megacities.


Cultural Landscape Urban Sustainability Water Crisis Infrastructure Provision Walled City 
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Damien Carriere ably assisted with the bibliography and references.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sustainable Urbanism International Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and PreservationColumbia UniversityColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.BangaloreIndia

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