Integrating traditional lifestyles
The movement from rural environments to urban areas raises a number of challenges regarding how traditional rural lifestyles can be integrated into the emerging new urban areas. In many countries, such as India, this can lead to problems of social deprivation with people living in slums separated from their communities.
Sustainable urban living
We proposed an urban model with connections to the traditional rural lifestyle. The horizontal urban farm provides a sustainable, healthy and enjoyable place to live with space provided for traditional farming, markets, trading and community.
At ground level the farm is segregated into three distinct areas traversed by a wide irrigation channel providing water for bathing, crops and livestock. Water is also harvested from grey water collection from the roofs and podium level all of which is
directed into the channel. To the west of the site there is space for seasonal crop farming as well as provision for research, storage and the development of the most successful crops.
Combined heat and power is used to provide low carbon energy and reduce overall energy consumption for the development creating a sustainable community. In addition a recycling centre linked to the farms and market place allows for greater amalgamation of sustainable practices.