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DDA to throw open its parks for restaurants and fine dining

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will allow restaurants — regular ones and fine dining — at six of its district parks across Delhi. DDA has also decided to open kiosks in parks. The six district parks which have been selected for the project are Aastha Kunj (Nehru Place), Recreational Complex (Hauz Khas), Sheeshmahal district park (Shalimar Bagh), Satpula Lake Complex (Saket), Ashoka Garden (Ashok Vihar) and Lake Park (Hari Nagar). DDA has organised a design competition for  graduate and post-graduate students of Architecture, Landscape Architecture or any other related fields to showcase their design ideas for the provision of restaurant facilities (in various categories), in DDA’s urban greens. The competition invites submissions from students or teams of student’s in these programs.

The competition aims to recognize a thoughtful and innovative environmental vision through design inputs on how to achieve a connection between cities’ open public greens and their user communities with regards to the natural and cultural character of the site. The competition challenges students to create “happy destinations” that contribute to people’s wellbeing by integrating a building in an environment (not vice versa which usually is the case) in a manner that it is linked to its surroundings, with invisible boundaries.

The competition aims to provide an opportunity to students and professionals in the field to design innovative restaurant spaces in the existing greens of the city to provide the people of Delhi their leisure and recreational time in a park environment with food in a single and integrated designed space. The design is categorized into the following:

  • Category A – Cluster of Kiosks with organised open landscape areas as sit-out facilities
  • Category B – Fine dining with landscaped sit-out areas

“Even though the ecology of a city is often dominated by built forms and systems, it is always possible to integrate nature into our built environment. This is a significant part of the competition that we want participants to recognize and address,” says DDA official. DDA seeks creative ideas for integrated landscape design of restaurant facility in its large green areas, for those who “live in, work in and visit Delhi”. All the proposals should be designed according to the norms given in Master Plan of DDA-2021.

The process of registration for the competition has already started and will remain open till August 2nd. However, the last date for submitting entries is 4thSeptember and the results will be announced on 19thSeptember. 3-member jury includes Sujata Kohli, President, ISOLA; Prof. Dr. Mandeep Singh, Head of Department, Architecture Department (School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi) and Dr. Kalpana S. Khurana, Director (Landscape), DDA.

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