Purvi Chhadva, adjunct associate professor, Faculty of Planning, CEPT has won the design award in category “Redefining the City for the Public” of the “Z axis 2020: You and your neighbourhood design competition” organised by the Charles Correa foundation. Purvi was awarded for her proposal ‘Nurturing neighbourhoods’ in the city of Ahmedabad.
Purvi’s proposal explores how neighbourhods can create outdoor play spaces for children. The proposal is to convert a dead narrow strip of land into inclusive green play space for all age groups.
The process is to right size the uneven carriageway of main and service road to release land for cycling and walking, connecting to the neighbourhood streets, protecting the stretch with green buffers to reduce pollution and noise and design the remaining space of 8 to 14 m width for play.
Such interventions can give a renewed identity to the neighbourhoods and allow people to meet and greet in a vibrant environment. The interventions are low cost, low maintenance and sustainable in addition to have high play value for all age groups to allow children exploratory, imaginative and adventurous play. CEPT alumni Akanksha Agarwal, Chinmay Nagpurkar and Sushma Aradhya were part of the design and study team.
“The project has been awarded for the gesture of reclaiming open space in the city of Ahmedabad, where there is not much available. It is incredibly tactical, as it employs minimal means, namely, occupying vacant land, re-aligning the road and planting some trees, yet the project has the potential to bring about a considerable change. It is a democratic project, as it focuses on play spaces for young children and their caregivers, and also very believable, as the landscape urbanism approach that has been conceptualised does not require a lot of resources,” said the jury.