“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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Sector 17 – Tower for north plaza and multilevel new economy parking solutions for the city center

As the commercial heart of the city, the vitality of Sector 17 is critical to the future of the city. Fortunately, Sector 17s vitality has hardly been threatened by all the peripheral “mall” development. Yet, the city center faces its own problems: in particular, its northern plaza is denuded due to lack of commercial activity […]

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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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Preserving the Image in the City

Allowing for Change Chandigarh is a living city that is constantly growing, adapting and changing. The struggle within the city is how to allow for inevitable change without losing the distinct character so clearly established in the original design. Different parts of the city face different design threats. The city’s commercial and institutional streets are […]

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Frame Control in Chandigarh: Background

History Created from a tabula rasa, Chandigarh presented an opportunity to design every aspect of the plan and original buildings. With a single team of architects controlling the design of commercial buildings, government-­owned housing, and government facilities, a common formal language was used to define and regulate the character of the city and its streets. […]

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A Case for Aesthetic Legislation

  Urban Character Aesthetic legislation must, at its core, differentiate between arbitrary issues of taste and researched ideals of aesthetics. Attributes of the city proven successful over time, including “place identity” and the balance of order with complexity, result in cities across the globe implementing design standards. From the row houses of Philadelphia to the […]

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