Analytic model of the Chandigarh Assembly building

This is a video  showing the dis-assembly of a model made by students of University of Washington of Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh Assembly building. I have matched it to Sheila Chandra’s Om Namah Shiva in which she layers in one additional tracks of her own voice with each rendition of the chant. I felt that the […]

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Kaimbwala-Sukhna Ecological Zone

A part of the CUL2014 proposal, an interdisciplinary group of students from Urban Design and Planning and Architecture developed a proposal for an ecological zone centered on Chandigarh’s Sukhna Lake, the reserved forest and the agricultural lands in between centered on Kaimbwala village. Tremendous work by Michelle Rostami, Lynn Fredenburg and Greta Tjelveit.   Share/Bookmark

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Rajendra Park, trash recycling proposal

Based on the work that they did for CUL2014, here is a trash recycling urban landscape proposal developed by masters landscape architecture students Shih Chia Chiu and Hao Liang – submitted for ASLA student awards competition! Share/Bookmark

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Deruralization studies: Patiali-ki-Rao, an intermittent river at the edge of Chandigarh

Here is some amazing work done by the CCA students Mahavir Singh and Divya Khurana (CUL2014), on the Patiali-ki-Rao, one of the two intermittent rivers that naturally defined the East and West edges of the Chandigarh (with the Shivalik Hills to the North). Today these intermittent rivers are under seige, as the growth of Chandigarh […]

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Occupy Detroit SEZ

These are images from the “Occupy Detroit SEZ” proposal developed for a competition on Detroit by CRITICALai – a theoretical design practice consisting of Vikramaditya Prakash, Amit Ittyerah, Hamida Najla, Amin Gilani and Alemseged Bishu.   Share/Bookmark

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The Open Hand Symposium: A Call for Civic Debate

Vikramaditya Prakash is keynote at this symposium Share/Bookmark

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Elements of Deruralization – Roads

The road networks are indexed to the conditions of density. They also disclose the lines of transformation, where the rural is aspiring to the urban. As such, they are also the leading indicators of deruralization. Share/Bookmark

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Elements of Deruralization – Green cover

The finer grains of the green cover disclose a condition in which the peripheral lands are steadily losing their greens that, paradoxically, are preserved in the city Share/Bookmark

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Figure Ground of the Capitol

The figure-ground discloses three conditions – 1. At the center is the extremely low footprint of the Capitol Complex. This figure ground is, however, deceptive in part, because the Secreteriat is a unquestionably the densest object of the city by far. 2. To the South is the low density neighborhood of the planned city. 3. […]

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Elements of Deruralization.

  Dorris Hwang. Share/Bookmark

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The Conditions of Deruralization

The current green cover and land uses clearly show the distinction between the lands of the Capitol Complex and its adjacencies (i.e Sector 1), and the rural hinterland to its North. While the former is characterized by planned uses, the latter is an amalgamation of old agricultural practices and more recent economic development opportunism. This […]

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Hydrology IIIa

Before the creation of Chandigarh, the local villages of the northern periphery were located right at the edge of the Shivalik Hills, or upstream in the river valleys on the meander terraces of the intermittent rivers. In this way, the agricultural and animal husbandry economies of these villages were sustained in sympathy with the core […]

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Hydrology III

The Shivaliks hills, seen here peeling off from the main mass of the Himalayan mountains, are in fact erosion hills created by the run off from the Himalayas. They are thus unstable ‘mounds’, consisting largely of alluvial deposits, destined to be broken down by the intermittent rivers and transformed into the plains of Punjab and […]

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Hydrology II

The system of the Choes that determine the  the hydrology of the Chandigarh site, and of the Capitol and its northern periphery in particular. Note in particular that the choe on the right, which was a. dam-ed to make Sukhna Lake, and b. diverted to make into single stream. (The light blue shows the original […]

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Hydrology I

The Shivalik Hills partition the hydrology of the Chandigarh site, affecting the ground condition of the Capitol and its northern periphery in particular. The Ghagger river and the tributaries of the Setluj belong to the larger ecology of the area, directly draining the waters of the Himalayas into river systems that eventually merge with the […]

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The Shivalik Hills and the Plan

By placing the original plan on the inclined plain, with the full range of the Shivalik Hills in high relief, we can see how the local intermittent rivers carry on their work of breaking down the Hills and converting them into the alluvial plain of Chandigarh. The water channels, slicing up the Hlls, are vivid […]

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Capitol and its Northern Periphery – site analysis

Site analysis can of course be done in many different registers. Taking the cue from Le Corbusier, we have choses to work in two modes – the aerial mode, looking at things from the sky, essentially using the visual resources of Google Earth; and then the moving human eye-level view conducting through site visits, both […]

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“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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Museum of Knowledge – bridging Le Corbusian heritage with security

The Chandigarh Urban Lab believes that whether the Governor’s Palace or the Museum of Knowledge is built, the most important aspect to completing the Capitol Complex is to restore civic access to the main plaza while acknowledging the needs for security. The site of the Museum of Knowledge offers a unique opportunity to address this challenge. A sunken plaza […]

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