What is the project about?
Connaught Place 2020 is a collaboration between Space Bonding, students of the School of Planning and Architecture, and South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University. In the age of Internet, the understanding of local politics changes rapidly. Citizens nowadays have better opportunities to participate in urban planning processes. As part of “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities” with the thematic focus on city spaces, Space Bonding will implement a novel concept for e-participation in urban planning in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Sridharan from the School of Planning and Architecture. In this context, Space Bonding wants to generate human centered visions and needs for a sustainable urban square of an Indian megacity. In order to find answers to the question “what people are effected by in their urban habitat?," Connaught Place will be used as a science court. CP is currently a ‘no entry’ zone. Smog, traffic and unfinished construction zones give a lot of opportunities to make a better place out of this popular landmark. With mobile touchpads, people on site will be surveyed in order to spot topics which are closest to the hearts of the citizens at CP.
How will the project be implemented?
As one of the most vibrant and vivid public places in Delhi, Connaught Place is an ideal area to test new approaches of e-participation. Traditionally used for trading and cultural activities, nowadays CP is still a meaningful intersection point where people meet from all over the city. It has a great history and its colonial architecture is still astonishing for visitors. It is famous for its varied restaurants, bars and bookshops. On the other hand, Connaught Place is in the middle of a redevelopment phase, which is supposed to be completed by the end of 2012. Through the project people will be able to assess the development and bring in their needs and topics for a better future of urban squares in Indian megacities!
Together with students of the School of Planning and Architecture Delhi, Space Bonding has been executing the survey with five of developed touchpad tools from October 1st to November 4th, 2012 at CP (see www.connaughtplace2020.org). The participants will have the ability to decide which action should be carried out. At the CP map the users could transform Connaught Place from their point of view to a future orientated urban square. The topics have been developed by research (Sub-city development plan of Delhi for NDMC area, New Delhi Masterplan 2021, etc.) and in cooperation with city planners.
Categories to be focused on:
Traffic/Pedestrians: Less traffic or a vehicle-free zone creates safety for pedestrians and reduce smog.
Trees/Greenery: More trees will reduce smog, develop a pleasant microclimate and will shape a green space.
Water/Fountain: Through water ponds and fountains the temperature of the 'heat island' CP could be cooled down.
Waste disposal: To reduce bad smells and succeed in creating a resting quality through increasing the number of dustbins and toilets.
Crime/ Safety: More police patrolling will help to check eve teasers and local goons, traffic would be more safe.
Culture: A vibrant music and art scene performing at CP would help to develop a welcoming square.
Drinking Water Facility: To put up drinking water facilities in order to provide free access to drinking water for the users of CP.
The evaluation will be handed over to NDMC and will be presented by Space Bonding at the Indo-German Urban Mela New Delhi and discussed by experts.
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Why do we exist?
We have the impression that politicians and planners don’t really know what we citizens expect them to do in order to develop a better city. We want them to learn more about our needs and wishes. And we think we are not alone.
Who are we?
Space Bonding is a young and interdisciplinary company based in Heidelberg, Germany. The core team consists out of architects, urban planners, IT specialists and communications strategists.
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