Showcasing our one-year journey

As Question of Cities completes a year, here’s a glimpse into how the journal came to be and how it shaped up. Editions that covered themes ranging from Climate Change to Independent India’s first cities to gender made QoC’s first year an interesting one.


Question of Cities turns one. The online journal, launched as a forum for nature and people in cities, has come through its first challenging year with essays and on-ground stories on Climate Change, urban planning, pollution, women in cities, Right to the City among other themes. We presented to you, in thematic editions every fortnight, more than 110 essays and stories across 28 cities. 

As many as 55 contributors from around the world, stellar names in their fields, found a home in Question of Cities for exploring their ideas and writing about a host of urban issues they cared about.  While our on-ground reports from cities are deeply reported by seasoned journalists from around the country, our thought pieces and ideas essays were written by experts such as globally-renowned Saskia Sassen, architect KT Ravindran, academics Amitangshu Acharya and Anu Sabhlok, subject experts such as Vivek Chattopadhyaya on air pollution and Himanshu Thakkar on rivers in cities. We brought you interviews with some of the best-known voices on urban issues such as academic and author Dr Harini Nagendra, cultural theorist Ranjit Hoskote, environmentalist-activist Nityanand Jayaraman among others. 

Question of Cities consciously focused on people’s movements for what is a city without its people shaping it. We curated news from around the world on cities and Climate Change in every edition, we built an (ongoing) archive of official and independent reports on cities that you can access with ease. Above all, we attempted to create space for conversations and dialogues about our cities in an engaged manner, asking the difficult questions, always going beyond the headlines of the season to explore various angles and bring different voices to the fore. We, at Question of Cities, thank you for reading us, recommending us and subscribing to the journal. We hope you will continue to engage with us as we roll out exciting projects and coverage in the year ahead.

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