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In conversation with Mohsen Mostafavi.

Prashanta Bhat speaks to architect and educator Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design. Mostafavi also chairs the North American jury of the Holcim Foundation Awards for Sustainable Construction and is a consultant on a number of international architectural and urban projects.

How would you comment on the present development scenario of India? How similar and how different it is from the other world cities in context of the idea of urbanism?

In many ways, the nature of the Indian cities is radically different from many other cities

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ECO-productive cities.

Auroville, a growing international township near Puducherry, known for its efforts in social and environmental sustainability is hosting a three-day workshop on ECO-Productive Cities. Distinguished national and international professionals in the field will share their vision and experiences addressing sustainable resource and waste management in the context ECO-Productive Cities.

Cities today are global ECO-predators, occupying 3-4% of the land surface. They consume 80% of its resources and discharge more wastes. And cities in India are growing, the scale and speed of today’s urbanization is unprecedented. An estimated 400 million people are living in cities today. By 2050 another 500 million

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Yandex paved routes for Russia

 Photo source:newsland.ru

Now the "Yandex" are able to pave road links to Russia.

"Yandex" has launched the beta version of the service routing between Russian cities. In a press release received by the editor, notes that drivers are available and mobile web version of the service.

Service helps to pave the way from one city to another, taking into account the traffic situation including traffic jams on intercity routes. In addition, the routing works within the "millionaire" and many other major cities. The relevance of information and its timely updates to the following team of cartographers "Yandex". Can

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Four Russian cities awarded the title of City of Military Glory

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on awarding four Russian cities the title of "City of Military Glory", said Nov. 4 the Kremlin press service. These cities were carpets, Taganrog, Lomonosov and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Title "City of Military Glory" assigned since 2006. According to the text of the relevant federal law, the rank assigned "Cities in whose territory or in the immediate vicinity of which during a fierce battle defenders of the Fatherland had the courage, fortitude and heroism".

In the cities, which was awarded the title "City of Military Glory" is set commemorative stele, as well as

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Ufa: 2 years emissions have decreased by a quarter

In Ufa, in the last two years, almost 25percent fall in emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere. This is evidenced by ranking, prepared by experts RIA rating based on the data of Rosstat.

Special attention deserves the fact that emission reductions in Ufa comes amid growing industrial capacity. According to the data given by Professor MSU Natalia Zubarevich during a regional forum "Russian regions in a globalized world", Ufa has a stable industrial potential, while the industrial profile of the economy in most major cities in Russia today is lost (Scheme is set out below).

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Uralsvyazinform implementing the second phase of construction of the network GPON (Fiber to the apartment) in the Chelyabinsk region

Site "Chelyabinsk Region» Chelindustry.ru reports that in January 2011, the second phase will be commissioned objects on GPON technology in Castle, Kus, Upper Ufalei, Yuryuzan. The rate of coverage of the region until the GPON network ahead of the previously scheduled — the technology has come in 10 cities in the Southern Urals. Recall that in the fourth quarter of 2010 was put into operation 17,000 Internet ports on GPON technology in the cities of Chelyabinsk, Miass, Chrysostom, Kopeysk, Yuzhnouralsk, Troitsk. Now these cities is the connection of optical access in the apartments of South Urals.

Director of the

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TTK-Ural ran into test operation a new section of trunk network Serov — Ivdel — Nyagan

The news is a bit dated, but for the subject site:

TTK-Ural regional enterprise TTK, has started test operation a new section of the regional highway network in the direction of Serov — Ivdel — Nyagan a total length of 473 km.

 Photo source:radikal.ru

The communications network is based on modern digital equipment WDM working on fiber-optic communication lines. Bandwidth in this section, depending on customer needs in the near future may be increased to 8 Gb / s.

The new mainline station passes through cities and towns, as Serov, Maslova, Ivdel, Oas, Taiga, Ugorsk, Soviet,

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Top 10 largest cities in the world in terms of population

Today we will talk with you about the cities, metropolitan areas are home to a huge number of people. We offer you a list of the biggest cities in the world in terms of population. I must say that this is a list of cities (no agglomeration).If you have never been in the city-center of you have lost a lot, it's a symbol of mega mix of people into one. And here we go, the top 10 largest cities in the world in terms of population: 10th — Sao Paulo

Country: Brazil. Population: about 10,287,833 people. Is the capital of

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"Bright — the new black", or cool roofs in New York

"Bright — the new black", or cool roofs in New York City Facts

Every century cities become more and more dark. Has become a tradition to make a roof of black materials, like tar and asphalt are waterproof, dense, flexible and easy-to-work materials. From the point of view of the urban environment and the climate is more appropriate setting of bright white roofs, which are called "striking new black." In New York, has performed the first attempt to change the existing law. Innovation should not only reduce the heat of summer, but also electricity bills. Research scientist at Columbia University

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Earthquake in Iran

Earthquake in Iran Natural Disasters

The afternoon of 19 January 2012 at 16.05 local time in northern Iran earthquake of medium strength 5.5, injuring more than 100 people. The earthquake happened in Neyshabur, has about 220,000 people. According to the data transmitted by the media, 17 victims were hospitalized. During an earthquake, many residents were able to run out into the street from their homes. The earthquake knocked out windows and temporarily disrupted lines of communication. Were also destroyed walls of homes in some parts of the cities. Residents of nearby cities, located 100 kilometers from the epicenter, reported that

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