The Holcim Awards competition recognizes the importance of engaging tomorrow’s professionals on the theme of sustainable construction through the “Next Generation” category which shares the visions and ideas of postgraduate university students. Second prize was awarded to Indian student Mishkat Ahmed, University of California, Berkeley, United States for an approach to town planning that introduces focus and context-sensitivity into large scale urban planning for the revitalization and urban development of Navi Mumbai.Read full media release – Holcim Awards 2011 for Asia Pacific »
The jury commended this project for its seminal approach to town planning that introduces focus and context-sensitivity into large scale urban planning. It is a showcase of a conceptual framework for city expansion, applicable where classic urban planning failed. Demands of the city, an ecological concept, and issues of existing communities are respected and addressed. They are treated as integral parts of the city expansion. This urban development provides space for contemporary culture and sets correlation with traditional culture. A “high density” ecosystem negotiates between the urban and the rural. In the area of conflict 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 today’s and future challenges.
This project targets the further development of Ulwe, a precinct of the world’s largest planned city of Navi Mumbai. The modernist master plan was developed in the 1970s and revised according to aspirations for a globalized urban development in the 1990s. Present settlements are monotonous and lack identity. The Village, the City, and the Ecosystem reconsiders the past development of the region that led to a rapid transformation of the area with little consideration of the existing landscape. The revised approach acts within the larger urban framework, but concentrates on an area in a more manageable scale.
Existing village settlements are integrated instead of being erased, affiliated agricultural areas shall be maintained. Landscaping becomes an integral part of the urban design – including carefully-formed monsoon channels that anchor the urban development, create a strong identity, and offer valuable recreational spaces. The functional mixture is intensified, promoting urban vitality. The provision of a centralized precinct for India’s film industry is a major component for establishing the local economy and generates employment in a large variety of qualifications hence allowing a social mixture among native and new residents.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.99 MB) »See more
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