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URBAN DESIGN + ECOLOGY

URBAN AQUA FOREST,

NEW MUMBAI

2016

Size: 480 Acre site

 

Environmental Technology: Soil Erosion Control, Rainwater Storage, Groundwater Regeneration, Forest Ecology Strengthening

Apostrophe Team: Shivjit Sidhu (Principal Architect), Supriya Patil

FOCUS OF PROJECT:

Pushpak Smart City, planned by Apostrophe A+uD for CIDCO, has steep hills on the East and South-East perimeter of the site. These hills channel a tremendous amount of water during the Monsoon season into the Smart City. CIDCO wanted an ecological solution rather than treating the same as typical storm water which will be a tremendous load on the system.

 

SITE DESCRIPTION:

The hill slopes are part of the Sahyadri range which has a rich bio-diversity. The site impact zone starts on top of the hills and leads down to the plains.

 

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN:

Apostrophe A+uD proposed the creating of an Urban Aqua Forest at the site. This would function in several ways in synchronicity with the Smart City;

  • Protection against soil erosion and mud slides at the edge of Pushpak Smart City

  • Creation of a 480 acre protected landscape

  • Storm Water Drains Infrastructure is more efficient and drastically more economical as it does not need to be designed for peak capacity

  • Growth of Natural Forest promotes the natural ecology of region

  • Sports and recreation facilities are embedded in the design

  • Area is protected from illegal encroachment