CITIES

Cities, globally, are the most critically debated phenomenon of this century. Their sphere of influence remains far wider than their physical boundaries. They have emerged as the principal engines of fuelling human aspiration and economic growth.

In the coming decades, a democratic India will witness the rise of over 400 cities as dense urban conglomerates, which will catapult it into becoming one of the leading economies of the world. These new cities must hence be planned responsibly, based on a set of objectives that would equitably foster a vibrant cultural fabric out of the diversity, ensure a flourishing economy by engaging its young workforce and promoting a sensitive ecological balance through prudent use of its resources while ensuring that the benefits of its development percolate to all sections of society.

CASE STUDY

GURGAON
The Responsive City

INDUSTRIAL TOWNSHIPS

For centuries, townships have sprung up around industrial areas steamrolling the vital issues of social equity, human displacement and environmental impact, justifying them only through resultant economic benefits.

In a knowledge driven world, Industrial Townships offer great opportunities not only for enhanced employment but also for redefinition of social, environmental and economically equitable work-play- life solutions through demonstratively inclusive business models. Such planning attempts must be socially and ecologically engineered around the needs of the industry and economy, while strengthening the democratic rights of equity and economic well being of those, whose lives are impacted by such industrial development.

CASE STUDY

IMT MANESAR
Sustainable Industrial Township

BUILT ENVIRONMENT

As the nature of work shifts to being knowledge based, the related needs of humans are also undergoing a shift. In a resource depleted world, air-conditioned workspaces only enhance demands for air-conditioned homes.

Buildings today are increasingly getting noticed for their visual appeal, masking the fact that they are the biggest guzzlers of energy, worldwide. Along with looking good they must be engineered scientifically to provide verifiable solutions for lower energy and natural resources consumption rather than be marketed on basis of mere promise of performance. Building forms must evolve from their relation to the surrounding nature and energy conservation strategies rather than depend on mere looks. And above all they must be built to suit the needs of their actual occupants rather than developers.

CASE STUDY

METROVALLEY
ITes SEZ, Gurgaon

OPEN SPACES

Well-planned Open spaces can become the lungs of any city with the potential of delivering so much more. Such spaces, with a focus on creating equity in access, opportunity, facilities and amenities are the keystones for their being democratic, safe and vibrant. By drawing people outdoors they create greater social interactions, dispel any cultural and economic divide between the residents while keeping them healthy. In order to be truly sustainable, these spaces must be planned so as to be multi-tasked among a divergent group of citizen's needs. This will ensure that they become socially vibrant and economically efficient while creating a new model that delivers more fulfillment per capita from less consumption per head.

CASE STUDY

DEVELOPING QUALITY OPEN SPACES
Planning for Gurgaon

WORK SPACES

We believe that in today's demanding business world there is an urgent need to find industry, people and their culture specific solutions for improving efficiency, comfort and engagement of all the end users at workplaces. Our research focus has been on human issues related to workplace solutions and related office policies. While businesses focus on being profitable and competitive, the endeavor must be to treat tenants as partners, to evolve productivity-enhancing and attrition-reducing workplace design solutions. This would enable corporates to concentrate on their areas of core specialization more productively while bringing economies of scale to offerings emanating from workplace solutions.

CASE STUDY

METROVALLEY Business Park
New Urban Knowledge Centre

LIVING SPACES

Having a home is perhaps
the most important need of a majority of humans. It is their security blanket as well as an extension of their ego.

However, today's homes are bought more for their imagery of globalized lifestyle, investment value or the glitzy technological gadgetry rather than impact on human health, social wellbeing or ecological sustainability. Living spaces ideally should serve the basic human need of shelter and comfort while nourishing the deep-rooted values of the society and sense of security by fostering human relationships. Engaging with socio-economic solutions for enhancing the quality of human life as opposed to merely updating the standard of living is the way to forge ahead.

CASE STUDY

Work in this area
is under progress

Metrovalley will not only help future projects in India;
it will also set an example for those in other parts of the world.
DALE SARTOR
Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory
Berkeley, California
USA

IN THE MEDIA

AT THE BELGRADE DESIGN WEEK 2014
Metrovalley was invited by the Belgrade Design Week to conduct a masterclass for architects, city planners, urban designers and policy makers during the annual design event in Belgrade on the 7th of October. The MD, Satya Sheel, presented Metrovalley's methodology, shared concerns for the rapidly globalising world and interacted with the audience during the Masterclass session titled: "Evolving Democracy through Urban Planning Solution".
www.belgradedesignweek.com/conference/speakers/bdw-2014-superstars/satya-sheel/

 
NOT JUST GREEN AT THE EDGES

NOT JUST GREEN AT THE EDGES
Little-known Metro Valley, part of the Indo-US energy dialogue, throws up interesting urbanisation concepts.
Read more. www.financialexpress.com/news/column-not-just-green-at-the-edges/1232337


WE NEED TO TRANSFORM URBAN SPACES

Politika. Serbian newspaper. 24.10.2014
There is a need for design of unique spaces that will be linked to nature and inspired by the cultural heritage that resembles the need of the people.

 

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