“The Urban Rhetoric” is an  initiative by Innovature Research and Design Studio [IRDS] to create a platform for discussion and act as a catalyst in recreating the future of urbanism and urban development in India.

We aim to do so with the help of an academic magazine with essays that inspire the agenda for future urbanism. A city is not just defined by the planners and architects that build it, but also by the users that occupy it. Thus, through this initiative we strive to make these parallels meet by reinforcing the interactions between decision makers and users. This magazine crusading towards the agenda for future urbanism aims to provide a platform for dialogue and discussions on growth and
development in Indian cities.





An urban space quipped to handle residents and strangers alike and to make safety an asset in itself. A thriving city neighborhood must have three main qualities: First, there must be a clear boundary between what is public space and what is private space. Public and private spaces can not ooze into each other as they do typically in suburban settings or projects. Second, there must be eyes upon the street, eyes belonging to those we might call the natural proprietors of the road. The buildings on an urban street should be equipped to handle strangers and ensure the safety of both residents and strangers. They must be oriented to the street. They cannot turn their backs or blank sides on it and leave
it blind. Third, public spaces must have users on them reasonably continuously, both to add to the number of effective panopticons and to induce the people in buildings surrounding the space to perform as active characters responsible for the safety of the space.


A tight urban space ensures a successful public life and high living standards. Equity ensures that every person, irrespective of race, caste, creed, or religion, gets an equal opportunity for growth and success. Such efforts must permit explicit discussions on race and equity with clear communications and a platform for everyone to raise their concerns and present their needs and ideas. A platform that is transparent, accountable, and fosters relationships. Social cohesion can be achieved if governments can understand the needs of their citizens by establishing special departments in the neighborhood that promote citizen and community engagement. This department, led by cultural officers, should
aim to bridge the gap between the bottom-up and top-down approaches by fostering connections/relationships between the place and the people that live in it. Community engagement must ensure that the people are comfortable with engaging, feel safe, and develop trust towards the cultural offices. To achieve this, the approach cannot be short-lived or temporary. The approach must transform into a social movement that can leverage civic power and collective action to transform policies. The urban Rhetoric, through its seventh  issue, , aims to foster a platform to discuss the urban space, its actors, and qualities that make it successful, such as safety, equity, and social cohesion.

We invite you to write for our upcoming issue and join the dialogue.



Submission Format

Articles: 750 – 1500 words, word document(.doc format)
Photographs/ Illustrations/ Artpieces/ Sketches: JPEG format – 600 DP

Publication Fee- $ 25

Articles: 750 – 1500 words, word document(.doc format)
Photographs/ Illustrations/ Artpieces/ Sketches: JPEG format – 600 DP

Submission Deadline

We review the submission on 30th of every month

Send us your submission at


Issue 1_March 2020 Future of Urbanism

Issue 2_September 2020 The Urban People

Issue 3_March 2021 Spatial Chronicles

Issue 4_September 2021 Place People Relationships

Issue 5_March 2022 City in Dilemma

Issue 6_March 2023 Spatial Chronicles

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