Hong Kong rated as the best city in the World

According to a study released last week by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and BuzzData, a data sharing company, Hong Kong comes out on top of a new list created by combining the EIU’s famous Liveability Index with other data to create a new ranking.

For the list, called the Spatially Adjusted Liveability Index, architect Filippo Lovato looked at seven characteristics of cities, such as: green space, urban sprawl (or lack thereof), access to nature, availability of world-class cultural assets (measured by counting the number of U.N. World Heritage Sites nearby), connectivity (how easy it is to reach the rest of the world), isolation (measured by the number of other large cities nearby) and pollution.

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SmartMumbaikar – share auto-rick,taxi,car,bike

I came across this interesting venture called SmartMumbaikar which encourages people to connect through social media and share different modes of transports for their commute.

As the website claims “Using SmartMumbaikar you can share auto-rick, taxi, car, bike with your facebook friends & friends of friends! Save money even if petrol price, autorickshaw and bus fare are hiked! Reduce traffic jam & pollution in Mumbai!”

Check out their website

Infographic App Turns Opinions Of Microsofties Into Interactive Art


So is B Line Pulse a game? Is it art? The designers won’t categorize the experience under one umbrella, and that’s what makes it interesting. At the end of the day, it’s just a satisfying phone experience that’s attempting to, not distract you from your daily commute with Angry Birds and Facebook updates, but maybe improve your whole outlook on it.

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The future of the city

in partnership with the New Cities Foundation

The adoption of ubiquitous computing, mobile devices, and rich sources of data are changing how we live, work, and play in urban environments. Increasingly, a digital landscape overlays our physical world and is expanding to offer ever-richer experiences that augment—and in some cases, replace—the physical experience: “The city is the platform, the network, the sensors, and the interface,” as frog creative director Rob McIntosh put it in a recent talk. To celebrate the New Cities Summit where frog will be hosting a workshop on the Meta-City, design mind presents a special digital issue exclusively on the future of the city and live coverage from the event.

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“Megacities 2012”

Forum “Megacities 2012” – Transport, Energy and Urban Development (RIO +20 Forum)

Aiming at knowledge dissemination, development of ideas and solutions and establishment of strategic partnerships, the Forum “Megacities 2012” – Transport, Energy and Urban Development will take place in Rio de Janeiro in cooperation between the German Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Rio de Janeiro, the State and Municipal Secretary of Transports of Rio de Janeiro and the Ministry of Climate Protection, Environment, and Nature Conservation of the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen. Read More

Atlantic on the move

By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic

As Los Angeles’ boulevards reassert their place in the public realm, the transformation along Atlantic offers glimpses of a new city identity taking shape. Read story

World’s first canal-based solar power plant


Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the world’s first canal-based 1 MW solar power project commissioned on Sanand branch canal near Chandrasan village of Kadi taluka in Mehsana district, on 24th April 2012.

The pilot project, designed to eliminate the requirement of land for setting up a solar plant, is set up by Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) with active support from Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL). The solar power panels are set up over the 750 meter-long stretch of the branch canal and the project will generate 16 lakh units of clean electricity annually. Not only that, it will also prevent evaporation of 90 lakh liters of water from the canal every year. Thus, the project holds significance in view of energy security and water security as well.

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Detroiters are taking steps to better the city with 1st Jane’s Walk

By Cassandra Spratling, Detroit Free Press Staff

Do you plan to participate in the Jane Jacobs Walk 2012 in Detroit?
Jane’s Walks are named in memory of Jane Jacobs, an urban activist and writer who believed bustling cities came through citizen engagement and activity. She wrote the transformative book that became a must-read for urban planners and others interested in what makes cities work, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”

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Design Public Conclave

At National Museum, New Delhi: 20th April, 2012

Design Public is a high-level conversation among a select group of thinkers, decision-makers and opinion-leaders who seek to transform India into an innovation society. It brings together influential actors from all sectors of society to deliberate the best ways in which innovation can serve the public interest. The larger goal of the Conclave is to serve as an enabling platform for building the necessary partnerships and consortia that will bring this agenda to practical realization.