Addressing Resilience in Transportation in Futuristic Cities: A case of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India

Venkitaraman, Abhishek Koduvayur (2017) Addressing Resilience in Transportation in Futuristic Cities: A case of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India. In: International Conference on Sustainable Built Environments (SBE) 2017, February 2017, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.

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Futuristic and smart cities are the most talked about topics in the realm of Urban Planning and Architecture today. While addressing a serious topic such as a smart city, the most alarming concern is that of transportation and mobility, which have been a cause for the failure of many experimental cities in the past like Radburn and Brasilia. Auroville is an experimental township planned in Tamil Nadu, India, in the early 1960s. This paper seeks to explore the issues of transportation and mobility in this township, mainly in two of its residential sectors. One of the primary goals of Auroville has been to provide alternative transportation strategies to suit the needs for peaceful conditions throughout the city area and that the environmentally polluting, hazardous and motorized transport will no longer be predominant. While Auroville has been planned meticulously and with a “pedestrians first” concept in mind, there are some grave underlying issues of mobility. Auroville has framed its objectives in the master plan commendably, albeit the long-term results might take time to promulgate completely. This paper addresses these ongoing issues of transportation and mobility and seeks to suggest some plausible solutions for the same by taking into account two of the existing residential sectors of Auroville. The study began with re-organizing available data and eventually studying a spectrum of topics ranging from Urban Design, Infrastructure to Transportation mainly pertaining to these residential sectors. The software ArcGIS was employed as one of the major tools in mapping and analysis. The research work was conducted during May to June 2013 as a part of a documentation work undertaken by Town Development Council (TDC), which is the authority responsible for Auroville Township Planning and a Development Research Organization. In addition to these, TDC is also responsible for a wide range of activities such as Socio-Economic development and housing. One of the objectives of the study was to provide vital information regarding Residential sectors 1 and 2 of Auroville to the public (Fig. 1). This study was also targeted at studying the grave, but unnoticed issues that prevail in Auroville. Transportation and Mobility are aspects, which are of prime importance in experimental townships that are planned towards achieving a sustainable built environment. The long-term goal of Auroville is to accommodate a population of around 50,000 people; therefore, it is necessary that the present issues of mobility are addressed thoroughly so that plausible solutions can be achieved for the same.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Additional Information: This work was supported by the Town Development Council (TDC) of Auroville
Subjects: Town Planning > Town Planning (General)
Transportation > Transportation (General)
Depositing User: Admin User
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2020 05:42
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2020 05:44

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