"The Hindustan Construction Corporation (HCC) is building the city based on biomimicry: the idea that the best design can be borrowed from nature. The company hopes to complete phase 1 construction by the end of 2010, and the city of 25,000 acres will eventually be home to 300,000.
The city is being built using concepts of walkability and community‐centered town planning. While Lavasa is being marketed to high‐income Mumbaikers, HCC claims that the city will include people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, though measures to include the urban poor have not been specified."
Implications from Intellecap:
"Building livable cities in India is especially urgent because the urban population is expected to increase from 340 million in 2008 to 590 million by 2030. The current cities won’t be able to absorb this many people, so completely new cities will have to be built."