Forest City Lavasa, India

Biomimicry is the union of biological processes and the interests of bringing these processes into urban life to address major contemporary challenges. In a city like Lavasa, India, it’s a hill city with a dense forest surrounding it. The city is prone to droughts, monsoons, and threats to erosion according to Citylab.com, and has been modeled after the ecosystem of the dense forest around it. Designers of the city began asking the question of how the city and surrounding area can be hit with monsoons without losing of all of its soil. Designers began to study the ecosystem and started to consider how rainwater-storage systems could be designed to mirror the trees that take in the water during the rainy season and store it for later (Citylab.com). The designers also looked at designs that would help slow down the speed of the rainfall- which leaves in a forest do. They noticed that in a forest there are many levels like that of shrub layer, mid-level tree layer and then a canopy layer all which slow the speed of rain so when it hits the ground, it can be absorbed quickly (Citylab). The designers noted that the issues with the built environment is made up of vertical structures which is hit with maximum velocity by the rain. The major builders and designers in Lavasa plan to build more infrastructure that mimics the surrounding natural environment while keeping the theme of urban sustainability in mind while trying to house masses of new people. They are tackling the issues of drought, erosion, and monsoons which threaten the city by continually modeling the city after nature.

 

 

https://blogs.iadb.org/ciudadessostenibles/2015/09/18/biomimicry/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/five-cities-that-are-leading-the-way-in-urban-innovation-1461549789

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2 thoughts on “Forest City Lavasa, India

  1. This is interesting. It is great to see the shape biomimicry have taken in implementing innovative ways to help create ideas that can bring a safer measures when it comes to natural disasters that takes place.

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  2. I think this is a wonderful example of how biomimicry is a game-changer in the world of sustainable innovations. However, I am not too familiar with urban setting of Lasava, India. Perhaps it would be worth looking into to see if the city is heavily made up of slums or if it is a predominantly higher-income area. I could see this definitely aiding the lives of the impoverished and underrepresented.

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