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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...

Reviving Tal Katora // Elisabeth Liberatore

Elisabeth Liberatore // Fall 2020. This project aims to revitalize and reconnect residents and tourists alike to one of Jaipur’s most iconic and historic bodies of water, Tal Katora. Centuries of rapid urbanization resulted in what once was a vibrant lake that hosted aquatic life and many visitors diminished to an open dumping site for waste and a murky eyesore in central Jaipur. The surrounding residential buildings reflect Tal Katora’s tarnished state, devoid of any opportunity to engage with the surroundings and the natural beauty Jaipur has to offer. Through building modifications at the ground floor, units, and rooftops, restructure of the wastewater infrastructure, use of plant life for phytoremediation, and creation of a stepped public walkway, Tal Katora will be restored to its glory and serve as a place of gathering, relaxation, commerce, tourism, reflection, and recreation for residents and visitors to foster a deeper connection and appreciation for the history, culture, and landscape of Jaipur.

Home-Made: Connecting Local Artisans + Tourists in Historic Jaipur // Genesis Rodgers

Genesis Rodgers // Fall 2020. The manufacturing sector is the second-largest employer for residents in Jaipur, Rasjasthan, India. MY research found that traditional handicraft manufacturers are challenged by long production supply chains. Simultaneously, Jaipur’s numerous historic landmarks and shopping bazaars attract an increasing number of seasonal tourists, which is the largest source of revenue for the city’s economy. Local manufacturers and tourists become key stakeholders here. The project serves to optimize handicraft commerce by centralizing production, market exchange, and housing in the same place for artisans and their families. An urban strategy with six outdoor spaces types creates a three-dimensional matrix of public and private layers. An activated ground floor, semi-public mid-floor work courts, and extra production areas on the roof compose this interactive + productive housing community. A pedestrian pathway guides tourists explore the site and shop for handicrafts displayed on large swing-doors, or peer in to ask a question, take a picture. In this way, the architecture celebrates a return to authentic traditions, cultural experiences, [micro]economic empowerment, and domestic stability for a densely urban Jaipur.

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 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.

YRP Book Review in Journal of Landscape Architecture

Excerpt from YRP Book Review in (JoLA) Journal of Landscape Architecture: "Worldwide, contemporary urbanization highlights a clear departure from cities' intimate ties to the very landscapes that gave rise to them. Centuries of dependence, appreciation and...

YRP Book Review in the Journal of Landscape Architecture, India

Excerpt from YRP Book Review in the Journal of Landscape Architecture in India: "... In A Vision for Delhi, the infrastructure study becomes part of a design brief to envision and conceptualize possibilities to counter related issues. Imagined in carefully identified...

Pankaj Vir Gupta guest edits March issue of Motherland

YRP Co-Director Pankaj Vir Gupta was invited to be the guest editor for an issue of Motherland - a theme-based journal of thoughts, ideas, and unexpected narratives on India. Exploring the trends, subcultures, and issues shaping the country, the magazine provides a...