The most populous democracy in the world seems to be embracing a new era of sustainability as it aims to combat some of its notorious pollution. India has some of the most densely populated cities in the world. This does not bod well for any sustainable efforts. This could all be changing with plans for a new sustainable city
Indian leaders hope to take the country into a new greener direction. Andhra Pradesh, one of the 29 states of India, is planning to build a whole new capital with greenery and sustainability at the forefront of the design. Government leaders have tapped legendary architecture firm Foster + Partners to spearhead design for the state capital.
The design will bring together decades-long research on sustainable cities and incorporate the latest technologies that are currently being developed in India. At the heart of the city will be a “green spine” that will run through the entire length of the city. This green spine will provide the foundation for the environmental strategy, which will feature at least 60% of the cities area occupied by greenery or water.
The city has been designed to the highest standards of sustainability, including the widespread use of solar energy. The transportation strategy includes electric vehicles, water taxis, and dedicated cycle routes, along with shaded streets and squares that will encourage people to walk through the city.
Situated on the banks of the River Krishna, the new city is strategically positioned to benefit from an abundant supply of fresh water, and will be one of the most sustainable in the world. Essentially, every detail of the cities infrastructure has been carefully though out to meet its high environmental standards. A sharp contrast from the environmental inefficiency and pollution that plagues its largest cities like New Delhi and Mumbai.
A few key features of the city will be its Legislature Assembly and High Court Complex. These structures will stand as a democratic and cultural symbol for the people of Andhra Pradesh. The Legislative Assembly building has been designed as a void, serving as a gathering space for the public and their elected representatives.
Once completed the city aims to shift the environmental landscape for India. Let us know what you think of these plans in the comments below!