Delhi Calling: NYC's SHoP Architects To Design New Green Development
New York-based SHoP Architects are now taking on a master plan for a sustainable development in Sector 61 — located in Gurgaon, just outside of the capital Delhi — with the ground-breaking slated for next year. SHoP will be designing all 100 buildings in this multi-use, privately-developed parcel that will accommodate 73,000 people.
SHoP's plan is to not just tack on green technologies and to call it a day, but to use passive solar strategies and to also work with facilitating pedestrian movement, along with other planning considerations to make the project a model development.
As Gregg Pasquarelli (pictured), one of SHoP's founding partners, explains, "We feel like if you can set a good example there, with all the building that's about to occur, you can have a much bigger impact than designing some LEED Platinum building here in New York." He also adds: "The cost of construction in India is so much less that to purchase Western technologies throws the entire budget out of whack."Gurgaon is where India's outsourcing industry started in the late 1990s. Once an agricultural village, Gurgaon has now become one of the pricier areas around the capital since the high-tech boom of the last decade has driven real estate values up here.
Over the last few years, the demographics of the area has shifted with an influx of younger, affluent and better-educated Delhites coming to live outside of the more congested and polluted centre of Delhi. As a result, there has been an outbreak of air-conditioned shopping malls, mega-entertainment complexes and monolithic high-rises, while public transportation and congested roads struggle to keep apace. The local population however, still remains largely left behind by this surge in economic development — and it remains to be seen whether they will have a place in the new Gurgaon.