Thursday, October 19, 2017

Editor's Space

Tall solutions

 

It is a season of thinking tall. Barely three months after the government announced its tall agenda of setting up 100 Smart Cities across the country – the way to go about achieving that objective is at best fuzzy – Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association( IEEMA) has swung into action mode getting all the major actors from the power sector together to bring clarity and definition to the idea of what constitutes smartness in the Indian urban context and to lay the ground work for the creation of intelligent environments. 

 

That the initiative has come from industry is hugely significant in that it conveys the urgency for development and the need for the country to get back to growth mode post the economic slowdown. In a sense it is underscores the keenness of various players from the power sector to give shape to the Smart City plan and to help deliver it. It is also apt that IEEMA-along with the IEEE is taking the lead to organise the Intelect Conference and Exposition – if only as a technology demonstrator for the government to actually see the way forward to actualise its Smart City agenda.

 

The empathy understandably comes from the huge business opportunity that is expected to come out of the Smart Cities  programme – about 40 per cent of a smart city predominantly works on electricity whether it is pumping whether it is sewage treatment or street lighting or reliable quality of power. IEEMA will be confabulating with multiple agencies including urban local bodies to help deliver a workable model of an idea whose time has come.

 

The idea of smart being tall has also found resonance in the recent announcement by American billionaire businessman Donald Trump to set up a Trump Tower in Mumbai in collaboration with the Lodha Group, India’s most active luxury real estate developers.  The apartments will also include German Poggenpohl kitchens, five-fixture master bathrooms, indoor Jacuzzis, built-in TVs, elite seven-level security, and high-end interior design. The skyscraper which will tower 75 storeys above India’s commercial capital is not only expected to redefine the city’s skyline but add to the aspiration levels of India’s crème de la crème, which now seeks the proverbial house in the clouds.

 

Vertical is the way to go as far as the real estate sector is concerned and that is reflected in the developments across the country.  There apparently seems to be a race among developers to build the tallest buildings. The growing real estate trend of constructing buildings which reach out to the skies comes with its own set of irritants. This issue’s cover story focuses on the challenges of building tall – and the solutions.

 

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