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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Apni Mandis – activating Leisure Valley with farmers’ markets and food security.

With the failure of large grocery stores in globalizing Chandigarh, Apni Mandis that enable residents to buy fresh, locally (nearby) produced food directly from farmers have become very successful. They are self-regulated and self-run, based on a rental economy, located in residual, inter-stitial spaces in the southern sectors of the city. Rather than obscure them […]

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Vikas Marg – a “Signature Street” for greater Chandigarh.

Chandigarh’s V2 were conceived in the master plan as high speed thoroughfares with commercial blocks on one side (north) and multi-level institutional buildings on the other (south). One of them, Vikas Marg, remains undeveloped, with most of the land owned by the city, save few pockets occupied by urban villages. An interstate bus terminus is […]

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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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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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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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