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Habitat Design in Urban Context

Indian cities are growing with an unprecedented irregularized growth pattern. The rapid pace of this uncontrolled growth is transforming many parts of city into disconnected and unused parcels. These parcels become gaps in the continuity of city and lack any identity. The proposal aims to bring back these areas to the city and its citizens by improving quality, use and identity of these soaks. The process follows methodology of performing Urban Acupuncture through small effective proposals that can stimulate change on a holistic level. Providing minimum to enable maximum is the principle followed through the entire exercise. A huge open area currently embraced by several institutional buildings stays the main focus. The space is fenced preventing it from being accessible and exists without any physical connection. The proposal aims at transforming this empty space into an exciting public realm for the city of Sanand. It intends to be developed as a Green corridor that connects the canal and major lake of the city, by introduction of new public spaces, commercial facilities, housing and landscaped area.


Sanand, Gujarat, India


During the International Habitat Design Studio 2009 Habitat Design in Urban Context with Balkrishna Doshi.


Vastu Shilpa Foundation for Studies and Research in Environmental Design.
CEPT University in Ahmedabad, India.


Rocio Conesa, Marius Helten, Erika Sanz, Ignacio Tello, Freya Winkelmann