“Chandigarh Master Plan 2031 Draft” is now published!

The long anticipated Chandigarh Master Plan 2031 Draft has just been published online by Chandigarh Administration. It is in the comment period right now [NO LONGER - edited], so please study it and send comments. This Master Plan will form the springboard for our work in Chandigarh Urban Lab 2014. You can also download the whole […]

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Vikramāditya Prakāsh’s lecture on Deruralization-Chandigarh at Harvard, February 2013.

Vikramāditya Prakāsh’s presentation on the work of the Chandigarh Urban Lab at Harvard in February 2013 is now available online. Introduced by Rahul Mehrotra, Chair of Urban Design at the GSD. http://vimeo.com/61968037 Share/Bookmark

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‘Heritage’ Furniture – a new line of urban furniture for Chandigarh.

The current focus of the international market on Chandigarh’s so-called heritage furniture has jeopordized the fundamental purpose of furniture: to be used, not idealized. The analysis of this situation leads to the question: what is the right way to preserve a furniture’s design heritage? Chandigarh Urban Lab proposes that instead of literally preserving the old furniture, the city should continue to design for the present in […]

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Hybrid Housing – new typologies for a growing city.

Here are three new housing typologies, hybridizing the lessons learnt from the passive solar, naturally ventilated and daylit, modular, Modulor based, modernist Chandigarh ‘heritage’ housing, with the high-density, ‘organic’, non-regulated housing of the urban villages like Burail. Share/Bookmark

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Incremental Housing: A New Typology

Village_53 Burail + Marla. This type takes the density and diversity of housing in the urban village and combines it with the order and control of Chandigarh’s marla houses. We have studied and understand that even in the most organized housing schemes there is expansion that takes place. The goal of type 3 is to […]

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The Case for a Chandigarh BRT

Vibrant, booming cities all over the world have turned to bus rapid transit in response to roadway congestion. Modern interiors and smart platforms serve millions of passengers each day while reducing vehicle miles travelled, improving mobility to all residents and providing rapid sub-regional transport. Flexible, quick to implement and cost-effective, BRT is the perfect match […]

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Chandigarh’s Theaters: An Analysis

Formal, economic and geographic diagrams of the original Chandigarh theaters.   Share/Bookmark

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Cataloguing: Modern Furniture Profiles

See also: Cataloguing: An Overview   Share/Bookmark

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Cataloguing: An Overview

The “designed” furniture, as the smallest module of the master plan, and the kinetic street furniture, as the smallest element of the informal city, provide a microcosm with which to understand the issues facing Chandigarh at the macro level. The juxtaposition of the Modernist furniture and kinetic street furniture parallels the larger preservation issues facing […]

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Fetishization of the Kinetic City

When studying the kinetic modern furniture of the informal sector, it is easy to romanticize the ingenuity (Jugaad) of the people who construct their environment. Therefore, it is critical to eliminate the National Geographic-­esque beauty of the people and their environments in order to document and analyze all the furniture of Chandigarh on equal terms, […]

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