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issue 44 - June/July 2018
CURVE magazine cover June/July 2018
Concept  Design  

CONTEMPORARY HERITAGE

The Birth of a New City

As part of a project which sees Foster + Partners designing and building a new governmental complex in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Lord Norman Foster recently took a team to meet with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to oversee the next stage of design development of the governmental complex of the new state capital, Amaravati. Foster + Partners is designing the central focus of the 217 square kilometer city, including the design of two key buildings: The Legislature Assembly and High Court Complex, along with several secretariat buildings.

As part of a project which sees Foster + Partners designing and building a new governmental complex in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Lord Norman Foster recently took a team to meet with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to oversee the next stage of design development of the governmental complex of the new state capital, Amaravati. Foster + Partners is designing the central focus of the 217 square kilometer city, including the design of two key buildings: The Legislature Assembly and High Court Complex, along with several secretariat buildings.

The new administrative capital of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati was born following the redefinition of state boundaries between Andhra Pradesh and the newly created state of Telangana. Situated on the banks of the River Krishna, the new city is strategically positioned to benefit from an abundant supply of fresh water, and will be one of the most sustainable in the world. Measuring 5.5 kilometers x 1 kilometer, the governmental complex occupies the heart of the city, defined by the strong urban grid that structures it. A clearly defined green spine runs through its length, providing the foundation of the master plan's environmental strategy, where at least 60% of the area is occupied by greenery or water. The city has been designed to the highest standards of sustainability, including the widespread use of solar energy.

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