The MEM Seminar
homes to sustainable cities” is a presentation of eco-sensitive projects by
Inantis Design Consultants, Bangalore.
The presentation highlights the green values and the green parameters
considered while designing eco-homes at a micro level to designing
eco-townships at a macro level. The projects presented are ZED-Homes in Bangalore, India
and an Eco-city in Morocco.
Bangalore, once known as the garden city of India has now
a new identity as the IT capital of the east. This growth has come at the
cost of quality of life, thus the planning and protection of the city’s
environment has become crucial. More than ever before, Bangalore’s
lifestyle today is distinctly urban and it’s threatening to take away the
essentially domestic, retired way of life that Bangalore once knew. Amid the chaos of
growth, ‘In Antis’ has striven to create residential projects that use high
and low technology forms and material for creating a body of environmentally and aesthetically
sustainable buildings that have become homes for urban families. ZED homes are an offering from a new
generation of architects, who use their skill and experience to lend to these
campuses a new aesthetic to urban
living. These projects aim to prove that
sustainable living in the Indian urban context is not only economically and
technically viable but also comfortable and manageable for the common man.
The eco-city of Bab Zaer is
envisaged as a satellite township near Rabat
and Casablanca, the two major cities of Morocco. It
is a 3000 hectare development of mixed landuse, densities, tenure and cost.
The planning concept ‘Stewarding the land - Lending the land a voice’ is
based on environmental planning principles. After the feasibility studies,
the ecological footprint of the site with respect to topography, geology,
hydrology, local ecology and microclimate was established. The master plan is
a response to this intrinsic value of the land. The impact of urban development
on the environment is assessed based on the parameters like local economy,
local environment, aesthetic and local values, and infrastructure. The city
aims at achieving complete autonomy with respect to water and energy. Finally
a set of environmental guidelines for development will be proposed based on a
five pronged approach of clean air, clean water, waste management, natural
resource conservation and public health.
About the Speaker
Ms Sayee Deodhar holds a
B.Arch (1st Class Hons) from College
of Architecture, Univ. of Pune,
Nasik and MSc
(Environmental Management), NUS. She was the recipient of the Shell Gold Medal award as the best graduating student in her cohort.
had handled many projects since her graduation, some of which includes her
involvement as an environmental planner in the Eco-city of Bab Zaer, Morocco
project. She was the project Architect
in the Eco-Habitat project at Srirangapatnam, Karnataka. This project is
based on the philosophy of “Live Life Organic”. She was also the conceptual
designer for a Zero Energy Development–Collective, Bangalore.
Sayee is also a faculty member at Vidyavardhans Institute of Design
Environment and Architecture, Goa as well as an Adjunct faculty at B.N.C.A college of Architecture, Pune.