Covai has developed from a humble village along R. Noyyal to an energized industrial hub. The city that grew concentrically around the Town Hall and lakes have expanded linearly along the arterials, inducing agglomeration and gentrification. As a responsive step forward — complementing the United Nations sustainable development goals and Coimbatore SUD-SC vision — the project aims to foster an integrated ward planning in Koundampalayam by leveraging the existing assets.
Living in uncertain times, the Covid-19 global pandemic has emphasized the need to co-create resilient, adaptive, and liveable communities. Circularity as the core lifestyle and planning value can synchronize our living systems and accelerate the goals of regenerative ecology, inclusive society, and a productive economy. Hence, reciprocating to the challenges and responding to the assets at macro and micro scales, our proposal presents a replicable and scalable urban circularity model that leverages the loops of PEOPLE, WATER, FOOD, and ENERGY.
The Circular framework comprises 4 loops, each bringing 4 guiding actions with 48 tool blocks that build the ‘Circularity Toolbox’. Each toolblock is mapped with the nature of intervention (Open Space, Street, Building, Programming), scale of intervention (XL, L, M, S), and the representative ecological, social, and economic values that cumulatively represent the circularity coefficient. The tool blocks are assorted seeds that require careful selection and sequential nurturing, to enjoy the real benefits of circularity.
The Master Plan for the Koundampalayam site is a framework developed through strategic assemblage of the toolblocks covering all 4 loops. The 5 subsites of the Koundampalayam ward have distinct spatial character and urban form with contextual assets that are leveraged to strategise circularity. The Framework Plan for the neighbourhood and the subsite design, sets the vision for Phase 03 with identified pilot catalysts — Park rejuvenation, Community retrofit, Market development, Neighbourhood renewal, and Service & utility plug-ins covering each subsite respectively from A to E — that can accelerate change and enhance visibility. The connecting networks and system outputs are dynamic and adaptive in nature.
The idea of engendering micro systems as PEOPLE, WATER, FOOD, and ENERGY loops in UDC site can gradually scale up across all wards to embed Circular Covai - as a collective sustainable vision for the future.
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