CP Kukreja Architects’ (CPKA) proposal for the Redevelopment of New Delhi’s historic and grand Central Vista has been selected for exhibition at the Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) 2022 which is also one of the most famous global festivals of architecture and urbanism. The Triennale will be held from September 22nd to October 30th and will spotlight neighbourhoods as a place and horizon for rethinking cities. Complementing the theme for the OAT – ‘Mission Neighbourhood – (Re)forming Communities’ – CPKA reimagines Central Vista, the headquarter of the Indian Government.
CPKA’s proposal was shortlisted from 383 entries across the globe. The design depicts CPKA’s vision for Central Vista (designed in association with Benoy Limited, United Kingdom) will be a part of the Triennale’s ‘Neighbourhood Index’ – a virtual exhibition showcasing some of the most captivating experiments in forming neighbourhoods in the present day. “We are humbled to be a part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale this year. It is an honour for us at CPKA to take Indian design to the global stage,” said Dikshu C. Kukreja, Managing Principal at CP Kukreja Architects.
CPKA’s proposal for redevelopment plan integrated Yamuna river into the site that would be enabled by extending canals from the banks of the river in the east, spanning through the Rajpath (the central avenue), all the way up to the reserved forest at the Delhi Ridge in the west, beyond the Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Residence). The design not only brought the canals into the plan but designed its edges as traditional Ghats with a vibrant avenue on either side. The proposed subterranean end-to-end mono-rail network would bring ease of accessibility and reduce the carbon emission as well the dependency on the vehicles. Similar interventions would catalyse the movement as per people’s adaptability creating to lesser congestion