Indy Johar

On democratizing cities – Indy Johar

Democracy is the power to create society. How do we democratize the power to create society? What do cities look like when you talk about cities for 99%? Indy Johar, co-founder of Project 00, brings the idea of democracy and its ramification to cities in yet another dimension. In his talk, he espoused the idea …

The Past and Future of City

The Past and Future of City

“Old buildings don’t just connect us to our past. They are the cornerstone of a brighter future. The best part is: they are already right here, among us. And we are richer and stronger when they remain.” This past-future connection, old-new nexus line of argument supports the idea of historic preservation which Stephanie Meeks and …

Monaco

New insights into urban concentration and economic growth

Urban concentration, according to the dominant view, brings with it an array of benefits which include reductions in poverty, pollution and inequality. Apart from this, one of the most widely acclaimed one is economic agglomerations and productivity gains, which in turn, redound to faster and better national economic growth. The prevailing notion is that a …

This Paris forest project will dwarf New York’s Central Park

Much more than a “city of lights,” Paris is known as city of parks. Lovely gardens and vast parks already existed in Paris even during the Roman times and the Middle Ages. With around 421 parks and gardens giving lush vegetation to as much as 3,000 hectares of the city, Paris has taken a step …

Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism

In this rapidly changing and urbanizing world, the assumption that cities provide an ideal laboratory environment in addressing some of the most important challenges of the 21st century such as but not limited to inequality, climate change, and political participation has never been more relevant than ever before. There has never been a better time …

Bakey's cutlery India

If we want a change, we should be the change: Creating a plastic free world

Have one ever thought that after using the spoon and fork during a meal, one can snack on the same utensils too? Well, this actually sounds a bit implausible, but if you consider this as among your weird wish list, count it a wish granted. When majority of the countries of the world are still …

Timisoara 2021 Artistic Director

Community engagement through culture – Chris Torch

In recent years, it is evident that it is not enough to gauge a society in economic terms. A good society is one which takes into account the general well-being of its citizens. An important component of well-being is a feeling of belonging, a sense of camaraderie between and among the members of the community. …

Chinese cities with rich GDP

Chinese cities with GDPs as huge as countries

The Chinese economy is considered as a key driver of the world’s economy and its cities are major economic players that serve as engines of its tremendous growth in the past decades. As one of the world’s foremost economic mitochondrion, the Chinese economy is powered by about 1.4 billion people in a very vast part …

Virtual power plant in South Australia

Tesla to build the world’s largest virtual power plant

With its decision to install the world’s largest virtual power plant, South Australia is shooting two birds in just a bullet: mitigate greenhouse gas emission and reduce power prices. The South Australian government signed a deal with Tesla to build what it tags as the world’s largest virtual power plant. State premier Jay Weatherill said in …

Bruce Chen

“Believe in yourself…keep transforming”—Bruce Chen

“When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.” This expression perfectly applies to a situation when a start-up entrepreneur faces a tough dilemma but managed to be even tougher than the situation itself. With perseverance and resilience, a truly determined entrepreneur keeps moving towards his goal, abstracts the lessons learned and work even harder …