The HappiCity Model

HappiCites are a cluster of connected MicroCities that are fixed in size & population, sustainable for food, energy & water, green energy efficient, discharges zero-waste, smart-by-default, future ready and upgradeable to changing technology and lifestyle, knowledge industry centric, rural incubated, affordable to all economic classes, accessible to differently-abled, inclusive, customer service obsessed, self-governed, beautiful, modern and clean.

Design Principles for the future urbanization

Instead of growing megacities beyond their capacity, HappiCities Labs envisions a cluster of distributed and connected micro-cities that will bring the benefits of urbanisation closer to rural habitats, spur a local rural economy around it and encourage reverse migration. In order to address all of the issues with existing cities, a HappiCity is committed to a few vital design principles that guide its design and development.

Sustainability (Food, Water & Energy)

A water source can only sustain and nourish limited life. The farmers surrounding the city provides cheap organic food. Green energy generated locally from solar panels, biofuel and windmills provide alternative sustainable and renewable energy to the city. Thus we achieve sustainability in terms of food, water and energy by limiting both size and population, generating energy wherever possible and build the microcity amidst farms to keep the area porous to recharge the groundwater levels sufficiently.

Climate friendly urbanization

HappiCities are designed with a walk-to-work culture in mind. Reducing dependency on private transport for daily commute is the only long term and permanent solution to traffic and pollution problems. Zero-waste will be achieved through reuse, reduce and recycle with the right education and incentivisation. All buildings will be IGBC certified and the city designed for an IGBC Green Cities platinum rating.

Upgradable to state-of-the-art Technologies & lifestyles

Lifestyle is state-of-the-art and continuously changes as technology evolves. Cities must continuously evolve to adapt to current lifestyles and future trends. The city is designed and engineered for the latest lifestyles and technologies and are upgradeable by design.

Inclusive & Affordable

Inclusive community is the basis of a Happy Community. Affordable to wide range of economic income group. Low cost housing (Dorms, Studios & small 1 BHK apts) reserved for low income group citizens and discounted city fees. Rental and Lease only housing reduces financial burden on resident.

Accessibility

Design public & private spaces and mobility for accessibility. Ramp access to buildings, reserved parking for differently abled, ageing and pregnant women, low floor busses, visual feedback systems (example: fire alarms), audio feedback systems (pedestrian crossing signal beeps etc).

Features of a HappiCity

We believe in the limitless potential, the workforce of India has to offer. Giving them the right environment, clean air, drinking water, fresh organic food and access to a healthy lifestyle, we believe our productivity and happiness will be unmatched. HappiCities takes a multipronged approach to deliver a Happy life to urban and rural India.

Sustainable & healthy life

  • Lowest AQI and clean air to breathe.
  • 24x7 clean drinkable water from kitchen taps.
  • Cheap and Fresh organic food (vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, milk).
  • Free & clean drinking water stations.
  • Clean public toilets.
  • Raise your children in the cradle of nature in surrounding farms and fields.

The Best and Safest urban lifestyle

  • Every square inch of the city is clean and beautifully developed with aesthetic night view of the city.
  • High Speed gigabit broadband and mobile/wireless internet.
  • Cheap, green and renewable electricity.
  • Smart utilities (Water, sewage, electricity, internet and cooking gas)
  • Safe and secure walled city by using IP cameras.
  • Zero stray cattle and dogs within the city limits.
  • Fast delivery of packages to balconies by drones.
  • A nightlife filled with fun and culture.

Most efficient mobility

  • < 15 mins commute by walk through pedestrian only street malls with travelators.
  • Shop while you wait for the bus in Shop-cum-bus bays.
  • Disciplined traffic on world-class laned roads.
  • Pedestrian and emergency vehicle friendly traffic.
  • Self-Navigating Roads (Metro Address System). Say goodbye to Google Maps.
  • Electric-only Public & Shared Transport.
  • Dedicated lanes for Self-driving public and private vehicles, public transport and car pool.

Affordability

  • Rent or multi-year lease apartments. No option of purchase apartments. Pay as you go.
  • Avoids speculative pricing of land due to upfront land pooling.
  • Small sized dorms, studio and 1BHK apartment residencies reserved for LIG.
  • Discounted City Fees to LIG.

Customer obsessed service and local self-governance

  • App based issue tracker & governance.
  • SLA bounded customer service.
  • Governed by city council headed by elected Mayor.

Economies of HappiCities

Each HappiCity sprawls over an area of roughly 9 square kilometres and specialises on the needs of a particular knowledge based industry, be it technology, finance, education or the arts. It is supported by other local rural economies like agriculture, poultry, meat, milk, recycling plants, etc and local urban economies like Education, Healthcare, Retail, Hotels, Restaurants, Entertainment etc.

Hi-Tech city

A Hi-tech city would host the high end tech companies and startups such as Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, etc and other startups researching and developing next generation cutting-edge technologies like Smart Cities, IOT, AI and ML. An IT services city would host the IT services companies like Infosys, Wipro, TCS etc.

Banking, Finance & Insurance city

BFI cities would host banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions like stock markets, SEBI, RBI and fin-tech, blockchain & cryptocurrency related startups.

Education city

This city shall be designed like a big university that hosts colleges from all sectors like engineering, medicine, science, business, biotech etc. The city shall be designed to meet the typical needs of the students, for example, hostels, mess, vibrant nightlife etc. It shall have public places for meetups and conferences that become centers of sharing knowledge.

Arts and entertainment

This city shall host the film studios, people of the film industry, musicians etc and popular figures from this industry. The city will be vibrant and be designed keeping the artistic values of the city in mind. The city shall be designed in such a way that the entire city is a big film studio and permits film shooting anywhere within the city limits with ease.

Life in a HappiCity

HappiCities follow cities-as-a-service model that provides you a great place to work, live and play without long term monetary commitments. HappiCities are designed for pedestrians and cyclists first rather than larger automobiles. They are better designed for efficiency because of integrated design and planning on a pooled up the land.

Commute

Imagine a city where you can walk, cycle or skate to work on a pedestrian-only street with travelators, escalators and foot over bridges through an open mall. Drop and pick up kids from school and shop your daily needs from the shops during your daily commute. Shop or eat while waiting for electric buses at shop-cum-bus bays or call uber/ola cabs. Streets, public & private places accessible and friendly to differently-abled by default.

Shop

Daily and weekly essentials like groceries, beauty salons, coffee shops, chemists, florists, hardware shops, etc within 5 mins walking distance from residential areas. Malls, theatres, electronic and furniture showrooms, hotels etc within a 15 minute walk from your residence and office spaces. A high street with variety of retail options in the central business zone. And things will only get easier with the advent of newer technologies like drones.

Party

Times square like City Center in Central Business Zone with tall observatory tower and restaurants. High Street in the central business zone with retail and restaurants with vibrant and musical night life. Musical and cultural events in a state-of-the-art auditoriums and theatres. Party beyond midnight and walk back home safe.

Play

Multiple choices for swimming pools and sports clubs close to official quarters and residences with modern sports equipment and facilities to suit your pocket and interested sport, enabling citizens to compete in city wide sports competitions.

Live

Monthly rentals and multi-year lease affordable housing for all income groups starting from a single bed in a dorm to a luxury apartment surrounded by parks and children playgrounds. Clean drinking water 24x7 straight to kitchen taps, high speed internet, ubiquitous mobile connectivity throughout the city, cheap and green electricity & professional service and maintenance staff and customer care on-call.

Work

Work with the best minds of the world in future technologies and high-value knowledge based jobs. Foster the culture of sharing knowledge. World class pedestrian only Central Business Zone consisting of office spaces, conference rooms, cafeterias and meeting halls. Enjoy team lunches and parties during lunch hours in restaurants on High street within 5-10 mins walking distance from workplace.

Travel

Traffic that follows America/Europe style driving rules like lane based driving, right of way rules, restricted use of honk, prioritize pedestrian and emergency vehicles etc. Electric-only shared cabs and public transport vehicles. No potholes or bone breaking speed bumpers. Pollution-free and Dust-free clean roads. Experience future by riding on Autonomous cars and buses on dedicated lanes.

The rise of a “Rurban” Revolution to Reverse Migration

HappiCities bring urban markets, infrastructure and socio-cultural influences closer to farmers and rural citizens of India. The heart and soul of a healthy all-inclusive economy lies in rural economies of scale that will flourish around HappiCities. We uplift farmers out of poverty by increasing their income through direct-to-consumer trade in Farmers’ Market in Happicities and give easy and quick access to the best education and healthcare.

A self-reliant monthly revenue source for Gram Panchayats is the key to build next generation of HappiVillages.

Brain attract and retain

A developed country is built by intellectuals and entrepreneurs.

“Preventing Brain Drain” is a defensive strategy that is outdated. We adopt a more aggressive strategy by designing and building the best urban spaces in India to attract and retain the best brains of the world who’ll architect a New India in the 21st Century.

Celebrating Open Source Culture

We have experienced the benefits & impact of open source projects in the world from Linux to Android. HappiCities Labs will open source the entire technical design specifications and other documents related to financial, legal and constitutional framework of HappiCities.

  • HappiCities Labs plans to invite experts from India and around the world to participate in open design challenges, request for comments and knowledge sharing sessions.
  • Happicities Labs shall make all the design, legal framework, agreement templates, and technical specifications available for all to download in this website.
  • Open Source helps to bootstrap other private city initiatives.
  • Possibility of franchise model - only if HappiCities Labs is involved directly.
  • Anyone can use our open source documents to build more MicroCities at scale.

Our first steps to a happier future

Building a city is no small task, but with significant planning even the quintessential Rome of our day can be built.

Incorporating the City as a Company

Under the 74th Amendment of the constitution a group of gram / Nagar panchayats incorporate a city as a company and outsource their Urban Local Planning and Municipality roles and responsibilities to HappiCities Labs.

CrowdSourcing and CrowdFunding the City

HappiCities are built by crowdsourcing land and infrastructure by private entities and individuals under a PPP model - Build, Transfer, Operate and Earn. The Gram Panchayats, land poolers and city infra builders get shares of the city as per their contribution. Additional funding is raised by selling the shares of the city to institutional and retail investors as well as taking loans from Banks.

Revenue Sharing Model

  • The City collects monthly city fees from the residents and businesses.
  • Estimated revenue at full occupancy is 80-100 crores per month.
  • The monthly revenue is paid as dividend to the shareholders after deducting operating expenses.