Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Track 6 - New Cities: India


Ministry of Urban Development, India

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Decentralizing Cities: Lavasa City  
Ajit Gulabchand,
Chairman, Lavasa City  

India has the second largest urban system in the world with 310 million living in 5161 cities and towns. Most Indian cities today are reeling under problems of infrastructure collapse because of increasing population, lack of planning and poor management. To make matters worse, in the next 30 years, another 400 million will migrate to these cities. Lavasa, a hill city planned on the concept of New Urbanism and with the principles of sustainable development offers a solution for the urban chaos in the country. Master planned by HOK, the city provides world class physical infrastructure, educational and health facilities. The First of the three phases of Lavasa will be completed and set to operational by the end of 2010.

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Gujarat International Finance Tec-City: a New Glittering Global City among Chaos 
Umesh Shurpali, Gujarat International Finance Tec-city (GIFT), India 

Gujarat International Finance Tec-city: A new glittering global city among chaos
In this presentation we learned about the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT), which has been conceptualized as a modern city that will rank among the best financial centers in the world. It will be built on 500 acres of land with tall buildings and a 410 meter high signature tower to provide high quality physical & social infrastructure. With infrastructure and facilities benchmarked to global standards, the city will incorporate all aspects of modern development. The project envisages an eventual built up area of up to 75 million sq. ft in phases. Land for the Project has already been allotted.

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Ecological Urbanism - A New Landscape Paradigm    
Ari Daman, Director, Landscape ID, New York & Bangalore

Can ecology and cities coexist? Can urbanism ever be ecological and at the same time meet the developmental needs and aspirations of people? The answer…. YES.  An ecological approach to urbanism is a more holistic approach and is an alternative way of thinking and planning our cities and communities.  How do we create such cities? What does it mean to be ecological in an urban context? The landscape design strategy for a 125 acre high density, mixed-use project in Bangalore, India is a step in that direction. This session elaborates on how we have incorporated this new approach towards landscape design.

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Track 6 Panel Questions and Answers

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