MVRDV has shared imagery of the not too long ago accomplished One Inexperienced Mile, a public area activation venture tucked beneath an elevated part of Mumbai’s Senapati Bapat Marg, a significant roadway that stretches almost seven miles by the center of India’s largest metropolis. The venture, conceived by MVRDV in collaboration with native co-architect StudioPOD, units out to supply “a repeatable strategy to sustainable city improvement that asserts a brand new benchmark for underused public areas within the intense Indian metropolis,” per the agency.
The identify of the nascent neighborhood area refers to each the luxurious pockets of vegetation distributed all through the newly activated space and to the Golden Mile, a casual moniker for a stretch of Senapati Bapat Marg lined by a handful of high-profile buildings. (The freeway rebrand was reportedly first pitched by Indian developer Lodha Group in 2016 in the course of the development of Trump Tower Mumbai within the upscale Worli district.)
As famous by MVRDV in a press launch, StudioPOD, a multidisciplinary apply specializing in city design and planning, was initially tapped to rework a roughly 2,600-foot-long stretch of streetscape working alongside Senapati Bapat Marg by Nucleus Workplace Parks, a subsidiary of actual property behemoth Blackstone Group; Rotterdam-headquartered MVRDV was then invited to collaborate on the “most transformative a part of the scheme:” changing a swath of unused and unwelcoming area positioned immediately beneath the freeway right into a multitasking, modestly sized neighborhood asset that “would deal with the flyover’s unfavorable influence whereas responding to the realm’s lack of greenery and bodily facilities.”
As additional detailed by the agency, StudioPOD carried out the preliminary work to raised outline the area (and its future customers) whereas exploring potential programmatic makes use of. MVRDV got here on board to assist understand the design, together with the signature blue stripes that weave by the area. A particular focus was positioned on establishing protected and seamless connections for pedestrians and cyclists all through the rapid space, an effort that included creating new bike paths and crosswalks and enhanced lighting. “The realm’s lighting idea works alongside programmatic components and concrete furnishings options to make a recognisable place, and guarantee security across the clock,” elaborated MVRDV.
“Maybe at some point we are going to see the top of noisy, disagreeable highways carving up our cities, however for now they’re nonetheless sadly a obligatory evil – one you may see in Mumbai greater than most cities,” mentioned MVRDV associate Stefan de Koning in a press release. “One Inexperienced Mile asks the query: what if we anticipated highways to provide one thing again to the locations they minimize by? A flyover can present some shade in a scorching metropolis, and creates a small space of land that may’t be developed with tall buildings. It’s not such a loopy concept to make that right into a public area.”
One Inexperienced Mile is split right into a collection of greenery-flanked public “rooms,” every with its personal distinct operate: lounge, health club, a shaded seating space for socializing, a efficiency area, and a studying room. The presence of vegetation—plantings might be discovered on vertical screens, in planters, on retaining partitions, and protecting the archway that marks the primary entrance to the area—promotes biodiversity within the coronary heart of the Mumbai whereas additionally dampening noise air pollution and supply a cooling impact in a heatwave-prone metropolis that’s solely getting hotter. A rainwater harvesting system shops and filters water captured in the course of the monsoon season; this water is used irrigate One Inexperienced Mile’s many plantings.
Meant to be replicated all through Mumbai, One Inexperienced Mile is ready to broaden even additional with plans to increase the revitalized, community-centric streetscape to span almost 10,000-feet of the elevated freeway’s greater than 36,000-foot whole size.
Though a greenery-swaddled neighborhood area that brings new life to a lifeless area positioned beneath/alongside transportation infrastructure is actually new to Mumbai, comparable tasks have been accomplished or are in-progress in different cities throughout the globe. These cities embody San Francisco, Brooklyn, Miami, Seattle, and Toronto, the place the Bentway is reimagining the underside of the Gardiner Expressway through a rising patchwork of sheltered areas that provide new leisure alternatives and singular outside venues for public artwork and cultural programming. AN visited with the Bentway group final month and can publish an in-depth look on that ongoing venture later this summer time.