Overview

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)

We achieve water sustainability by limiting both size and population to limit water the demand because we know that a water source can only sustain and nourish limited life. A porous cluster of spaced out HappiCities optimally recharge the ground water during Monsoons. The farms and villages surrounding the HappiCity provide a sustainable and inexpensive organic food. Green energy generated locally from solar panels, bio-fuel and windmills provide alternative sustainable and renewable energy to the city.

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 will be designed for IGBC Green Cities platinum rating.

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

Urban lifestyles are greatly influenced by Technologies that evolve overtime. Cities must continuously evolve to adapt to current lifestyles and future trends. HappiCities are designed and engineered for the current lifestyles and technologies and are upgrade-able to future lifestyles and technologies by design.

Inclusive & Affordable

Inclusive community is the basis of a Happy Community. HappiCities will be affordable to a wide range of economic income groups by having low cost housing (Dorms, Studio apts & smaller 1 BHK apts) reserved for low income groups and subsidized city fees. Additionally, rental and Lease only housing reduces upfront financial burden on all residents.

Accessibility

Public and private places and mobility are designed for accessibility with ramp access to buildings, low floor buses, tactile strips on sidewalks, audio/visual alert systems for fire alarms and pedestrian crossing signals & reserved parking for differently abled, pregnant women and the elderly.

Features of a HappiCity

We believe in the limitless potential, the workforce of India has to offer. By 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.
  • 24×7 clean drinkable water from kitchen taps.
  • Cheap and Fresh organic food (vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, milk).
  • Free & clean drinking water stations.
  • Clean and hygienic public toilets.
  • Upbring 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

  • Less than 15 mins commute by walk on travelators through pedestrian only street malls.
  • Shop while you wait for the bus in air conditioned Shop-cum-bus bays.
  • Drive in a 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

  • Rental or multi-year lease only apartments. Pay as you live.
  • Avoids speculative pricing of land and housing due to upfront land pooling.
  • Dorms, studios and smaller 1BHK apartments reserved for LIG.
  • Subsidized City Fees for LIG.

Customer obsessed service and local self-governance

  • App based issue tracker & governance.
  • SLA bounded customer service.
  • Governed by city council headed by an 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 cars. 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 air-conditioned 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 will be within 5 mins walking distance from residential areas. Malls, theaters, electronic and furniture showrooms, hotels etc will 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

The city will host a Times Square like City Center in the Central Business Zone with a observatory tower. High Street will not only be in the central business zone but will also be the hub of retail therapy, multi-cuisine restaurants and a very buzzing nightlife.
Ongoing Musical and cultural events in a state-of-the-art auditoriums and theatres will be part of this city where people may party beyond midnight and walk back home safe.

Play

There will be choices galore, from swimming pools to sports clubs, all within close quarters to the official residences. Provision for Gymnasiums with modern sports equipment and facilities will be there to suit your pocket, giving the citizens an option to hone their skills and compete in city wide sports events or to just relax with a friendly neighborhood weekend match.

Live

The city will offer homes for all budgets ,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. There will be a steady supply of clean drinking water 24×7 straight to kitchen taps. Residents will enjoy high speed internet, ubiquitous mobile connectivity throughout the city and inexpensive and green electricity. The in- house professional service and maintenance staff will be just a phone call away.

Work

We will continue to work with the best minds of the world to bring in future technologies and high-value knowledge based jobs in. The Central Business Zone will consist of state of the art office spaces, conference rooms, cafeterias and meeting halls. Restaurants on High street located 5-10 mins walking distance from workplace makes it ideal for quick team lunches and outings.

Travel

HappiCities will have a 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. There won’t be any potholes or bone breaking speed bumpers. The roads will be Pollution and Dust free. 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 and jobs to the next generation of aspiring young minds in villages.

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 or public integrated city initiatives.
  • 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.
  • 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.