Auroville, the dream and the reality

Imagine a utopia free of crime, government, poverty, money, and hardship. This is the vision that built Auroville, a township in India dubbed ‘The City of Dawn’. Founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa (also known as The Mother), Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able …

Jeremy Rifkin on the Third Industrial Revolution and ETS

Renown economist and long-time advisor to the EU Commission, Jeremy Rifkin, is the principal architect of the Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change. He argues that the Emission Trading System set up by the EU in 2005 is a …

SheTaxi: mobility and entrepreneurship for women

SheTaxi is a revolutionary public-private transport service initiative by women, for women. Kerala’s all-women taxi service won the Chief Minister’s Award for Innovation in Public Policy 2015 for making strides in entrepreneurship and inclusion. SheTaxi is the flagship project of Gender Park. It was launched in 2013 in Kerala, India and has since gained much …

Sydney’s urban renewal project – Barangaroo

With a drop in average annual rainfall in recent years, the Australian government has released billions of dollars in funding to develop the water infrastructure needed to optimise and conserve water use and make cities more resilient. The commercial sector has also been addressing water efficiency with various approaches, one example being Barangaroo, one of Sydney’s suburban districts. …

The Engineering Living Materials program – a house that can grow and repair itself

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has certainly had its hand in turning the gizmos and gadgets we used to dream of into a reality. The agency is still hard at work blazing the trail for future tech, issuing challenges for the creation of the most advanced things on this Earth. It has now taken on a new challenge, this …

8 Urban design projects that have renewed cities

Great landscape architecture has the potential to modernize and revitalize urban environments, getting people to reconsider their relationship with long-forgotten areas in their cities. The best examples are the ones that take nature as the main character of the story, emphasizing the fact that it is an essential part of life, even in urban surroundings.  Here …

The Sharing Cities project: responsibility and passion for the future

The Sharing Cities ‘lighthouse’ programme is a proving ground for a better, common approach to making smart cities a reality. By fostering international collaboration between industry and cities, the project seeks to develop affordable smart city solutions. It will result in integrated commercial-scale smart city solutions with a high market potential.  The demonstration districts in …

Embracing the metropolitan revolution

Millenials are voting for urban communities where they can live, work and play. There is a shift in the way cities are being run and the way they are reinventing their identity. Through innovation and creativity and the impulse of new public-private partnerships, cities are becoming the center of a metropolitan revolution.  A new open innovation …

Kasita: the cheap, movable, smart apartment

An Austin-based startup has created a prototype of a prefabricated micro dwelling that can be slotted into a framework like a bottle into a wine rack. The micro-housing startup called Kasita – adapted from the Spanish word for a small house – was launched by a professor-turned-entrepreneur who once lived in a dumpster. The mobile structure is a …

The zero-emission flying boat taxi in Paris

A French inventor plans to have driverless vehicles – or ‘flying boat taxis’ – hovering over the River Seine in the not-too-distant future. Alain Thebault is a man with a dream – he wants to make sailboats fly – and his design is already proving popular. In fact, it’s something the Frenchman has been working on for …