Biomimicry used as a guiding force to design Lavasa Township

Settled in a picturesque landscape and spread over 12,500 acres is a town of Lavasa which is about 2 hours drive from Mumbai. It is a town that is soon becoming a holistic and planned destination where visitors throng in large numbers. HOK International has worked on the township planning with biomimicry as their guiding principle to design this wide-spread development.

Working closely with biologists from Biomimicry 3.8, HOK International has spearheaded this effort and undertaken an extensive study of the local ecosystem, coming up with strategies that work in harmony with local biome as well as climatology. The team at HOK has developed an overall masterplan for the town and coupled it with landscape plan to minimize deforestation and have a future progressive environmental friendly landscape performance plan in tow.

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The development is expected to complete in the year 2020 and will include five planned urban villages that can accommodate a population of 30,000 to 50,000 people. The planning team has made conscious effort to integrate local traditional principles of planning and tie it with indigenous forms of buildings and sustainable built environment as opposed to replicating the western model of urban settlements. This development relies heavily on sustainability principles of energy conservation, reduction in demand of virgin resources and waste diversion.

The project has already garnered several awards with the likes of Award of Honor in Analysis and Planning (Dasve Village Master Plan) – American Society of Landscape Architects for its fresh and holistic approach, and giving nature its chance to teach sustainable human settlement through biomimicry.

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The importance that sustainability has gained in current times is something all built environment professionals need to take into account. Mindless hauling and manufacturing to suit our ever-increasing needs has already taken its toll. In an ideal sustainable world, there will be no waste and use of only recyclable materials as that is how the nature and ecosystem was designed. It’s time for us to take the cue from it design our man-made ecosystem.

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