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Media Fellows for Affordable Building Design in face of COVID-19



Meet the fellows


Archana Jyoti

Archana Jyoti is a Special Correspondent for The Pioneer newspaper in New Delhi. She has over sixteen years of experience in various beats and social welfare sector for media houses such as Press Trust of India (PTI), Asian Age and The Pioneer. During her fellowship, she will write on how the builders of the half-constructed buildings across the country will take steps to adopt new norms given that they had been already reeling under the cash and material shortage. She will also do in -depth story about the fate of the jhuggis and janta flats post COVID-19 in the slums and clusters areas which are considered to be the hotbeds of the virus and other deadly diseases. Her another feature story will focus on lightning and better air quality at home on the basis of detailed discussion with the architect and environmentalists on how to make the houses more livable and virus free.

Athar Parvaiz

Athar Parvaiz is an independent journalist from Srinagar and writes for the Down to Earth Mongabay India and IndiaSpend. As part of his fellowship he will do a story on the prevailing housing infrastructure in urban areas of Kashmir especially in Srinagar city and would also find out what the government plans to do for future housing planning keeping in view the pandemics such as COVID-19. His stories will also look into the aspect of migrant labourers and their congested rented accommodations and how these would change in wake of COVID-19 ?Athar is also planning to see whether buildings in Kashmir region have some supporting infrastructure(or architecture) to minimize energy consumption for keeping the buildings warm and cold without consuming too much energy.

Faysal Bakili

Faysal Bakili is a Senior Correspondent with Gujarati Weekly Chitralekha. He will be writing on housing design and planning which would be related to affordability, environment friendly, energy efficient in post COVID-19. He is planning to highlight that how architects and engineers have revised their strategies in designing the buildings to make them affordable, energy efficient and having good source of light and ventilation for a pandemic situation like COVID.


Kumkum Dasgupta

Kumkum Dasgupta is Associate Editor with Hindustan Times, New Delhi. As part of her fellowship, she will be covering affordable housing segment which is a key thrust of the government. She will also look into why design is more important now (with Covd-19 experience) and what should be the design of new properties so that they are not just affordable but also green. In addition, she also wants to delve into front-runner states that have already dovetailed green norms into their affordable housing sector. She also wants to explore that how private sector is keeping to the norms of green buildings and how they are selling the idea to the buyers.

Rakesh Kumar Malviya

Rakesh Kumar Malviya is a Bhopal based freelancer. He writes for News 18 digital(Hindi). He wants to write about how safe our buildings are to face a pandemic like COVID-19 and how these will be designed in the future which won’t contribute to spread such kind of viruses. He also wants to focus on new innovations and initiatives in the building sector to have safe and environment friendly buildings.

Pradeep Kumar Dwivedi

Pradeep Kumar Dwivedi is a senior correspondent in Dainik Jagran, Meerut. His fellowship stories will be on a range of topics from government interventions on affordable housing in the times of COVID- 19 to kind of houses being constructed for migrant students and workers under PPP by the government. He will also write that how the designs of houses arecontributing factors in spreading the viruses and what could be best ways to address them. He also wants to write a story about different kind of construction material which reduce the consumption of the energy, provide adequate light, ventilation and thermal comfort required for living in a house.