FROM V(4) TO P(4)

CHANDIGARH, INDIA

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

Chandigarh was envisioned and built as a city to compensate for the loss of capital and to fulfil the aspirations of a newly independent India; it was expected to embody a modern – planned Indian city devoid of any colonial history. Its design was driven by the Corbusian logic of city-building and mobility, wherein the plan created a large number of green spaces, self-sufficient sectors, and a car-centric idea of mobility. The “V 1 – V7” system largely imagined “fast” and “un-interrupted” vehicular movement along and through the sectors by largely restricting the pedestrian and non-motorized movement to the green spines in the city. Our project challenges this bias towards vehicular mobility, re-prioritizing the needs of pedestrians and non-motorized mobility. To achieve the same, it proposes a 3-phased approach i.e., Zone, Create and Activate in support of active mobility and other citizen-led public activities. “Zone” – reallocates the public right of way away from vehicular mobility towards creating a range of accessible public zones. This phase also includes redesigning the existing parking lots to efficiently utilize the area allotted. “Create”- Introduces the surface treatments and design elements aimed at promoting active mobility for all. And lastly “Activate”, aims to trigger the newly zoned areas and existing public spaces by introducing low-cost tactical infrastructure units which is part of a larger toolkit.