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Project data
Project group Landscape, urban design and infrastructure projects Project background Research project Estimated start of construction Not applicable

Regional Holcim Awards competition 2011

Regional Holcim Awards competition 2011

lopment, Navi Town Mumbai, plan revitalization India and urban development, Navi Mumbai, India

Main author
Name University Study direction Supervisors City, country Mishkat Irfan Ahmed, Master University of California, Berkeley, CA, United States Urban Design Peter Bosselmann, Michael Southworth, John Kriken Mumbai, India

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The Village, the City and the Ecosystem: context-sensitive design at Navi Mumbais Urban Comment of the Holcim Awards jury Asia Paci cEdge, a study for greeneld development in India.

The Village, the City and the Ecosystem: context-sensitive design at Navi Mumbais Urban Edge, a study for greeneld development in India.

focus and context-sensitivity The jury commended this project for its seminal approach to town planning that introduces focus and context-sensitivity into pplicable where classic urban large scale urban planning. It is a showcase of a conceptual framework for city expansion, applicable where classic urban are respected and addressed. planning failed. Demands of the city, an ecological concept, and issues of existing communities are respected and addressed. for contemporary culture They and are treated as integral parts of the city expansion. This urban development provides space for contemporary culture and ban and the rural. In the sets area correlation with traditional culture. A high density ecosystem negotiates between the urban and the rural. In the area igger a revision of pastof urban conict between technical, social and political necessities, this project has the potential to trigger a revision of past urban planning and its redeployment in terms of todays and future challenges.

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Innovation and transferability Progress The project aims to set new standards for urban development in Third World countries like India, rumored to have 200 new cities planned in the next ten years. Forward thinking and taking precautions in advance can save the country from various calamities in the future such as oods (Mumbai 2006 is an example) and enable basic infrastructure provision to the vast majority such as electricity, food, water and housing. Though this project is based in Navi Mumbai, it is designed to generate a prototype, the principles of which can be applied to other sites. The main ideas are: sustainable development, respecting the ecology and the landform and designing for the people and their needs. In contrast to large unprogrammed plazas and open spaces of the Modernist era, this project proposes to integrate urban space with the natural environment. Ethical standards and social equity People To provide for varied uses and all people irrespective of social and economic status is evident in the planning of the project. There is housing for low-income to high-income groups, and basic amenities like schools, proximity to public transit, and easy access to work have been provided to all. This proposal integrates the villages into a new service sector economy, Correa unlike other existing nodes. The Charles proposal. Environmental quality and resource efciency Planet The monsoon channel through the city is the green artery that feeds the open space on either side and collects storm water. Along it, one can also witness the transformation from agriculture to urbanization. The new city is efcient since it is zoned according to proximity to work and transit. This reduces automobile dependence and encourages pedestrian activity. All buildings constructed will be encouraged to have rainwater harvesting systems and solar panels for electricity. Economic performance and compatibility Prosperity economic base in the city is the most important step to bring about vitality. The lm industry plays a major role in ensuring that there will be jobs to people from every walk of life; from an unskilled laborer to a highly educated professional. Accordingly, the city is designed to house people from various income groups and the transition between the village and the city is designed to be gradual so that it forms a cohesive urban fabric.

y Progress Navi Mumbai is the satellite city of Mumbai proposed in the 1970s and still under development by the State Governstandards for urban development. It is located across the estuary from Mumbai, sandike India, rumored to have 200 wiched between hills and a tropical mangrove wetland. t ten years. Forward thinking Continuing the history of land reclamation in Mumbai, alance can save the country from most all of the land area of Navi Mumbai is also reclaimed. ure such as oods (Mumbai Today there are several issues plaguing this young city such ble basic infrastructure provias lack as electricity, food, water andof identity, arbitrary development in the face of international is based in Navi Mumbai, it is investment, economically unbalanced nodes/townships, reduced quality of life for most people and the emerpe, the principles of which can gence of slums in only 40 years! e main ideas are: sustainable The new city within the valley. ecology and the landform and Therefore, through this project, I would like to design a new heir needs. In contrast to large increment of Navi Mumbai that is informed by the natural pen spaces of the Modernist condition of the site and its existing settlement patterns. ntegrate urban space with Thethe plan incorporates the former rural villages into a new

The new city within the valley.

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Why is this necessary?

Why is this necessary?

Next Generation 2nd 2011 Asia Pacic

service sector economy using the essential qualities of landform and water to give the new settlement its identity. quity People all people irrespective of social The site selected is Ulwe, a node just beginning to develop nt in the planning of the in projsouthern Navi Mumbai. The plan for Ulwe was proposed ncome to high-income groups, in 1990 by architect/planner Charles Correa. The reason I ols, proximity to public challenge transit, this plan is because of the conditions in Navi been provided to all. This pro- today. A study of the rst node, Vashi (2010), shows Mumbai nto a new service sector econthat the original village has slowly been isolated. Most of des. the development around public transit has taken the form The origins of Navi Mumbai. of large malls and multiplexes. Hence, there is a need to source efciency Planet rethink the original plan. gh the city is the green artery either side and collects storm Ulwe, one of the villages, Bamandongri, is my focus Within witness the transformation area since it is located strategically near the new airport tion. The new city is ef cient land and is also the main railway station in Charles Correas proximity to work and transit. plan. It is an area of approximately 2.5km2. There are three ndence and encouragesexisting pedes- villages located on small mounds surrounded by nstructed will be encouraged water bodies and farmland. From a regional analysis, the systems and solar panels for of a monsoon channel on site becomes apparent. presence The arterial roads in the original plan have begun to emerge in this landscape along with the railway track. My idea is to ompatibility Prosperity connect, integrate and preserve the village, the new city and base in the city is the most Problems in Navi Mumbai today. the ecosystem. There are regional connections, greenways ut vitality. The lm industry and local networks inspired by the traditional Indian village hat there will be jobs tofabric people that exists; a cluster of houses forming a communal n unskilled laborer to aspace highly with pathways emerging out of it. The villages are dingly, the city is designed to around a water body and the farms are nearby. always ome groups and the transition In the city context, the work place that I am introducing is ty is designed to be gradual so the Indian lm industry since it has no central location in n fabric. the country. The monsoon channel through site forms the pact Prociency artery and commercial heart, easily connected to public ithin, to utilize the resources transit and housing. The hierarchy of open space begins f-sufcient as well as providfrom small courtyards to parks between buildings and then Sustainability and economic to larger public spaces. Parts of the land are also preserved he monsoon channel is what as urban farms that provide The monsoon channel. sustenance to the villagers ealed through examination of been suddenly deprived of their livelihood as also who have gned to provide an aesthetic their source of food. charm movie-makers, global The monsoon channel gives a strong identity to this place ts alike to become a part of as can be seen from this walk along the channel. The consolir it while travelling to work or dated experience of nature interspersed with surreal lm i or use it as part of their work images ces with a view). Through the will captivate not only the common man but also tourists, the landform (the valley and entrepreneurs and lm makers. I hope that this plan will provide a framework for greeneld development perience the subtleties of the in India that respects culture and daily needs of its people and moves away from the squander and monotony of urban form brought in by globalization today.

The origins of Navi Mumbai.

The Charles Correa proposal.

Providing azoning. strong The master plan and

Problems in Navi Mumbai today.

The master plan and zoning.

Contextual and aesthetic impact Prociency The idea is to create from within, to utilize the resources available and hence being self-sufcient as well as providing people what they need. Sustainability and economic vitality are the key words. The monsoon channel is what Program and ecology. exists on site, and has been revealed through examination of the topography. It is also designed to provide an aesthetic element in the city that will charm movie-makers, global businesses and local residents alike to become a part of their daily life. They encounter it while travelling to work or to other parts of Navi Mumbai or use it as part of their work (to shoot movies, to build ofces with a view). Through the road system that emphasizes the landform (the valley and the hillock), a traveler can experience the subtleties of the landscape.

The monsoon channel.

Program and ecology.