URBAN DESIGN + ECOLOGY
URBAN AQUA FOREST,
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.
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.
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