GIFT CITY - INVITED DESIGN IDEA CONCEPT FOR LANDSCAPE MASTER PLAN
Area: 900 Acres
Status: Invited May 2015
GIFT city is being developed as a global Finance Business District, a first of its kind Smart City in India, designed to be at or above par with globally benchmarked financial centres in an area spread over 3.58 sq. kms. Of land at Gandhinagar, Gujarat (India) by Gujarat International Finance Tec City Limited (GIFTCL), a Government of Gujarat promoted company.
Gujarat is a land of vibrant culture, colour, crafts, textiles and festivals. Gujarat is also one of the most drought prone states in India. The proposed ambitious plan for the GIFT urbanscape will bring in heat radiating glass towers, roads and pavements that might maroon its global citizens within Urban Heat Islands. The central theme of our proposed landscape creates a forest, recharges and re-supplies water, generating climatically appropriate people’s places. It will mitigate the ecological imbalances through landscape restoration and new interventions
The city and the forest will grow together and water will be collected, retained and re-supplied to the river, reducing the future urban heat island and creating water self-sufficiency. Thus, a thriving ecological, sustainable city with a variety of flora and fauna, and a gentler microclimate will be created.