US has the most congested roads

US has the most congested roads. According to the 2017 Global Traffic Scorecard released by INRIX Inc., American drivers spend the most time in the road. Using big data analytics in its research, INRIX, a recognized world leader in transportation analytics and connected car services, analyzed 500 terabytes of data from 300 million different sources …

Gurgaon India

Gurgaon: Lessons for future cities from India’s private city

A city shaped by corporations, built by corporations and run by corporations. Gurgaon is regarded as among India’s few cities which were built by private entities. Gurgaon’s story is one of a journey of mixed success and failures. While Gurgaon’s story is not at all a rosy garden, there are important lessons that can be …

Singapore's supertrees

Supertrees: Paragon of sustainable technology and architecture

Utterly astounding…insanely beautiful…undeniably stunning… You would certainly miss half of the beauty that is Singapore if you’ve been to it but failed to drop by at the “Gardens by the Bay” and without getting the chance to take a glimpse of the supertrees. The “Gardens” as they call it is undeniably one of the best …

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. …