Vertical City Design – Vision 2050
The site has been chosen in Dwarka, New Delhi, India. A vertical city design encapsulates regenerative design strategy for contribution towards environment, pandemic oriented design for recreational spaces to avoid helplessness in the future, creation of social spaces for connecting people with urban design engagements, mental health-oriented design aiming to create better workplaces or hotels, crime prevention and road networks. The key design elements include double heighted terrace gardens, courtyards, Green roof and skin, pedestrian friendly paths and bicycle lanes.
As Delhi, being the national capital, is a populous state and keeps attracting people from in and around, the design proposal aims at developing a smart city plan to accommodate everyone at this small piece of land, thereby maintaining height instead of surface area.
An eight-floor structure has been designed with a retail space in the lower four floors that have running drive-throughs and bicycle lanes along with workplaces and residences at upper floors with terrace gardens. Two structures are connected through a skywalk that has a water recycling facility and is above a spoke shaped landscaped garden symbolizing the Ashoka Chakra of the Indian flag.
Brickwork and wall screens have been used with parametric designs to encourage natural daylight and ventilation and make the space feel like an open one instead of feeling it like a building.
The dissertation covers the situation of water management practices in Delhi and researches on other elements that can be adopted from other parts of the world. Different strategies are undertaken in all the countries for managing water. Delhi has a hot and humid climate, and it is developing blue-green infrastructure with the strategy of integrated urban water management principles.
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