In the rich world, the convenience of toilets and reliable, clean running water are taken for granted. But behind these conveniences is a whole infrastructure that depends on good urban planning, waste water treatment, accountable and transparent water quality standards, and ecological safeguards. Walk through this from flush to finish, and you'll never look at things the same way again.
I am an architecture and urban design student of the National Institute of Technology in Bhopal, focusing on low-income housing. How will India's mega-cities solve the problem of population explosion? How will our cities ensure quality of life and health, and avoid the risks of unsafe water and infection? It all starts with smart design.
It's more important to be understood than to be impressive. So let's go back to the basics--the skeletons of cities, the frames of buildings--and work out from there. We need to understand fundamentally what is going on, before we can get into details.