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Democratization of Luytens Delhi : The Intersections // Xia Li

In New Delhi’s unique urban plan by Edwin Lutyen’s for the political center, modulated in hexagons or triangles, the intersections are treated as traffic roundabouts, resulting in disconnected and underutilized islands with manicured gardens. This network of 24...

Cooperative affordable housing and community amenities // Nick George

The current estimated need for housing in the capital city of Delhi, India is approximately 2.3 million dwelling units. Within portions of the city, especially in the neighborhoods of Nilothi and Hastsal, the need for housing is exacerbated by the lack of sufficient...

Recovery of the Najafgarh Drain as public space // Sean Tichenor

To return to a Delhi which has an intimate relationship with its water systems, where do we start? Lessons of urban theory tell us that large, state controlled, centralized projects may not be appropriate in this case. The channelization of the Najafgarh, in fact,...

Recovery of Hasthal Minar as public heritage site // Kareem Elsandouby

The Hastsal Minar is a Mughal-era monument, built by Shah Jahan in the early 17th century. Referred to as a “mini Qutub Minar”, the physical condition and historical conservation of the Hastal Minar could not be more different from its namesake in Mehrauli. Today,...

New Delhi 2041 Master Plan YRP Framework

The Yamuna River Project (YRP)—founded at the University of Virginia in 2013 and a partnership between UVa and Tulane University School of Architecture since 2019—is pleased to have contributed to the adoption of a “blue-green” approach as the baseline ecological plan...

Spring 2021 Research Presentations

Spring 2021 Research Project Presentation  May 05, 2021 | NewsThe YRP Research Project Presentation the Spring 2021 semester was held at the Tulane School of Architecture on Monday, May10th from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm CDT via Zoom and Concept Board.  The review...

Democratization of Lutyen’s Delhi: The Block // Zachary Braaten

The Rajpath and Lutyens Bungalow Zone (LBZ) form the heart of New Delhi and India’s national government. A multitude of national monuments, and high quality outdoor spaces, and government offices draw a daily mass of humanity to Rajpath. Meanwhile, the publicly-owned...

Sail of Dreams – Modularized Educational Facilities // Nancy Wang

Nancy Wang // Fall 2020. Jaipur, as a city in India, has relatively lower literacy rates than the average national record, especially for the area our project is focusing on. Furthermore, this area has high dropout rates in the lower level schools. Therefore, it is important and reasonable to create a typology for primary schools in the city of Jaipur that allows schools to be built any place needed. My ambition is to create a new space-site relationship and to establish pluralistic and balanced study-life space. Starting with small modules, I developed three indoor room collections and 4 outdoor space collections to fill the sites of different scales. My project aims to find the best way to localize a safe but convenient primary school for the community. It involves multipurpose spaces that provide educational assistance for not only students but also teachers. At the same time, the project takes the energy efficiency into consideration by using a sloped rooftop to collect rainwater and store it underground for future use.

A Reconnected Urban Fabric // Alejandro Di Napoli + Emily Zekany

Alejandro Di Napoli + Emily Zekany // Fall 2020. Re-imagining the typological streetscapes of Jaipur through a series of small-scale interventions that aggregate to form a larger collective…In India, the city street can be considered an URBAN COMMONS—a place where people buy, sell, socialize, congregate, celebrate, and rest. Here the boundaries between work and home, public and private, formal and informal are blurred. How can we celebrate the natural vibrancy of Jaipur with a proposal for a new urban corridor that stitches together the urban fabric of the city while providing an informal hierarchical organization of space? This proposal establishes a series of low-tech interventions that can be prototyped & implemented to aggregate into a larger processional corridor experience, while capturing, amplifying, celebrating, & formalizing all the vibrant qualities of India’s streets. This project also establishes a collective sense of agency and ownership of the city at large.

Green Convergence: Resilient Corridor for Jaipur // Xuefei Yang + Chaoming Li

Chaoming Li + Xuefei Yang // Fall 2020. Jaipur, the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan, has faced many of the problems associated with population growth in its rapid development, such as water shortages, untreated sewage and heavy solid waste pollution. The site we are working with is along Mount Rd, an important road between Aravalli Hills and slums, connecting the northern and southern part of the city. By creating an ecological corridor with a circulatory system for both water and waste, we collect and decentralize solidwaste and waste water from the surrounding slums, including creating rain gardens to collect and purify runoff, establishing underground sewage system to reuse, building infrastructures to meet residents daily needs, etc. Upon enhancing city resiliency through combining different system into one and increasing area of green space, we also consider its potential economic value, such as tourism and food production, which is also one of the biggest potential focal points of Jaipur.

A Connective Tissue for All: Public Transportation System Design for the Slum Area in Jaipur // Tommy Xia

Chenyang Xia // Fall 2020. The Connective Tissue for All projects aims at establishing prototypical bus station models for safer transit experience and integration between theslumneighborhoods alongAravali Hills in Jaipur. The synergies of sites would provide convenient access to basic amenity services, with a few serving as major community spaces. The design would feature steel framed structures with cross ventilation on the East-West side, and rain pipes for monsoon seasons along with on-site water collection systems. The transit area will feature a linear order with elevated waiting and seating area, covered by steel roofs duringboarding experiences, while other services are connected to it as wings, such as public toilets and market stalls,thatare primarily for local residents. Multiple trafficways and parking areas are designated for better mobility access. The bus stations would then serve as the connective tissue between local residents and transit users, as well as the slum neighborhood and the whole city of Jaipur.

Shelter Design for Homeless Migrant Workers in Jaipur // Zhilu Wang

Zhilu Wang // Fall 2020. In India, as one of the by-products of rapid urbanization, homelessness is a growing urban issue that the poorest urban dwellers are vulnerable to experiencing. Most of the homeless are migrant workers who flow into big cities in search of labor opportunities, but many of end up being homeless because they couldn’t make ends meet. Their life gets even harder during extreme weather in monsoon seasons. Taking inspiration from social research and local programs, this project proposes a new network of shelter operation system where governments, NGOs and the public can work together to establish and manage the shelters. Sites for the shelters will be vacant spaces that near healthcare institutions, public food shelters, and commercial and market areas. The specific strategy for the shelter will be module design with bamboo, which can be easily constructed and flexibly applied in other sites. Based on the basic need of the homeless, the shelter will have various programs, with which it will not only serve as a place for sleeping but can also become a potential source of job creation, functioning as a first-step solution in response to persistent homelessness. In this way, the project also endeavors to address a sense of belonging and restore dignity.