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Auditiyo Das Gupta

After growing up a child-of-the-world in India, East-Africa and the Middle-East, Auditiyo Das Gupta is now growing roots in the unique social justice culture of Kitchener-Waterloo in Canada. His early passion for environmentalism led him to a Bachelors of Environment in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo. He is also an alumnus of the Redfish School of Change from the University of Victoria and holds a Diploma of Local Democracy from The Working Centre. A global nomad most of his life, Auditiyo understands the value of growing-in-place and is an avid advocate of local community building. His version of urbanism is focused on resilience, self-organisation and building local economic capacity—particularly through the co-op movement. Apart from practicing self-reliant homesteading and pursuing an urban planning career, Auditiyo is founding a Community Kitchen Cooperative that reduces barriers to entry for aspiring small-business owners who want to participate in the local food economy.

Reversing Climate Change: A Review of The Biochar Solution by Albert Bates

by Auditiyo Das Gupta

The Biochar Solution, by Albert Bates, is a book about a potential solution to climate change that can be achieved through the use of biochar. Biochar is a type of charcoal used for soil amendment, and when created s... Read article

Policy Setback: New Ruling in Favour of Suburbs in Waterloo Region, Canada

by Auditiyo Das Gupta

After a 13-year battle, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has finally sided with developers on the issue of making more land available for suburban growth. Over a decade ago, Waterloo Regional Council had passed poli... Read article

Street Artists Destroying Their Work: The Fate of Street Art in Kitchener, Canada

by Auditiyo Das Gupta

Street art and graffiti started as a movement of the oppressed that sought to spread political messages or reclaim space. However, as the art form has gained currency with young money, there is a growing trend of mar... Read article

Foraging and Gleaning for Food Resiliency in Kitchener, Canada

by Auditiyo Das Gupta

Urban foraging is not new, and is gaining ground as a sustainable activity that makes ecological sense. While most people undoubtedly still rely on their cars and the weekly run to the supermarket to buy food, there ... Read article

Lessons in Placemaking from the Dabbawallas of Mumbai, India

by Auditiyo Das Gupta

Social innovation, when done properly, not only provides sustainable jobs. It can also shape the culture of a city. A sustainable business does not have to be high-tech, and no one knows this better than the dabba... Read article

Lack of Informal Tea Stalls for Well-designed Powai Signals Exclusivity in Mumbai, India

by Auditiyo Das Gupta

The experience of driving into Powai in Mumbai, India, is like finding an island in the middle of the sea. After miles of utilitarian roads surrounded by housing of all types, entering Powai's well-designed promenade... Read article

Mumbai, India to Receive Water from Potentially Disastrous River Inter-Linking Project

by Auditiyo Das Gupta

Some of the largest cities in India, including Mumbai, are now slated to receive water from a very controversial river inter-linking project. Slated at $130 billion, the mega-project aims to divert portions of India’... Read article

More than Half of the World's Zoroastrians Call Mumbai, India Home

by Auditiyo Das Gupta

We have all heard about the famous Persians Xerxes, Cyrus and Darius the Great. They were recorded by ancient Greek historians, and were even referenced heavily in the Bible. But whatever happened to their descendant... Read article

Why Some Mumbai, India Slum Dwellers Prefer Slums to Condos

by Auditiyo Das Gupta

Slum Dog Millionaire, a fictional movie about a boy from Mumbai’s slums who miraculously makes it big on India’s version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," was revered by Western critics and reviled by most Indian viewe... Read article

No Credit Card Needed for Community Access Bikeshare in Ontario, Canada

by Auditiyo Das Gupta

Summer 2013 saw the birth of a new breed of bikesharing: Community Access Bikeshare or CAB, located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Now just a year down the line, this modest bikeshare has countless ambitions to put commu... Read article

Gentrification is Hurting Neighborhoods in Downtown Kitchener, Canada

by Auditiyo Das Gupta

In the last few years, gentrification has been causing problems in downtown areas around North America, and now Kitchener (in Ontario, Canada) is no exception. While developments downtown can be good for intensification ... Read article