Masterplanning and Urban Design
The Vanavihari Eco Resorts are a commendable initiative undertaken by the Andhra Pradesh government. aimed at spreading awareness of the natural environment among travellers. The forest cabins will be located within the natural forest. Since the scenic streams and ponds at the forest reserves attract arboreal and bird wildlife, they make for ideal locations for forest cabins as observatories.
PowerHYDE is the world’s first carbon positive, self financing home for the homeless. It address the scarcity of homes across rural communities and the impossibility of access to financing. It is a radical concept in housing designed for ‘energy sufficiency’ and ‘extreme affordability’. The structure of the house is built in an indigenous prefab assembly technique that makes it easy to assemble in remote locations.
The Wetland Resort in Vengurla aims to revitalise the ecosystem of the site by creating a waterscape with interconnected ponds and waterbodies. Five proposed waterbodies accommodate 16 holiday homes and a boat house. The homes are clustered as stilted pavilions; sometimes on the land and sometimes on water.
An administration and facilities centre for a sugarcane factory is covered by a large sawtooth roof of 94m x 34m acts. Solar photovoltaic panels with a capacity of 500 kW electricity, cover both sides of the roof slopes. The roof acts as a canopy and frame referencing the silhouette of the factory. It houses a reception, administrative functions as well as a canteen and recreational facilitates.
The proposed Butterfly Reserve in Sikkim aims to be a celebration of the butterfly, found in abundance in the region. Today however their habitat is being threatened. As a butterfly perches on tendril legs on a flower barely touching what it feeds on, so the interventions in this sensitive ecological landscape are designed to reduce the interference with the site.
The design proposal for the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, is rooted in the belief that space for recreation is essential in a city. The design of the ‘Open Campus’ uses multidirectional building blocks, giving one the possibility to move from one arbitrary spot in to another arbitrary spot in the master plan through numerous different routes.