This proposal is designed for a highly crowded community center in Raipur, India. As a landmark and an urban ecology catalyst, it emphasizes the significance of green space within the city’s dense urban fabric, through being surrounded by green and entirely walkable space; but also offering a recovery of greenery that once flourished in this land.
The building will serve the city is several manners, ranging from cafes, restaurants, and shops to offices and fitness centers. The ground floor - where the project interacts with the public realm - features a large courtyard with high trees, a pond, and space for performances, events, exchange, or eating. Two blocks on either side of the central ecological hub (atrium) offer commercial floor spaces to offices, shopping space and a bank. The orchard-like atrium connects the two built blocks leading to a quaint roof landscape, a landscape which embodies a collective and progressive vision of reinforcing flying cars in India and thus doing away with the internal and arterial roads considering the growing automobile traffic in the city.
So the Bio-Atrium – as a center with a distinctive green profile - was an attempt to think of the ways we can give the nature back what we took one day from it : the land. Being absorbed by the rapid acceleration of urbanization led us to forget the fact that land is considered a highly valuable natural resource; and we should responsibly play a distinctive role to prevent more destruction of natural resources, if we are visioning a bright future.
Status: 2018, Unbuilt
Team: Astha Chopra, Divya Manaktola, Mahdi Najafi, Monish Siripurapu, Praveen Sharma, Ram Bhatt, Samreen Sultan, Shridhar Mamidala
Illustration: Mahdi Najafi
What if the flying cars take over an important part of transportation system? If they do so, what will happen to the massive urban areas that are dedicated to the out-dated transportation systems? Could we replace roads with some innovative alternatives which multiplies the positive environmental effects of the new transportation system? What if we could bring back the nature to the city by promoting solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future?
Shaping the way will live in the future is not a determined implication of the technological advancements; but the fact is that the ones who are responsible for future of the built environment are actually responsible to take action, too.