Amenity spaces lying vacant and ignored have been selected to provide recreational activities to the citizens. The objective of the placemaking project is to provide theme based facilities which would be innovative and dynamic than those of a typical garden. Each Placemaking site would have design elements, furniture, spaces designed suitable to the designated theme of activities and create a platform for public participation.
In the pilot phase of this project, 4 sites were designed- 2 sites in Baner developed under PSCDCL and 2 within PMC limits developed by Pune Municipal Corporation.
Site name ‘Renew’ on Survey.no 135, Baner is designed for theme ‘E-learning and Skill Development’
With significant number of educational institutes and considerable youth population in the neighbourhood, such a theme was considered apt for this site. Laptop seats, amphitheatre, solar top seats with charging facilities, semi-enclosed spaces are specially designed to support the theme based activities.
Site name ‘Energize’ on Survey.no 140, Baner is designed for theme ‘Leisure and Meditation’
This site provides for such facilities like yoga, open gym, reflexology path etc. which can be used by residents for general health and well-being. The modular library with in-built seating provision is one of the innovative and unique features of this site.
2 other sites developed by Pune Municipal Corporation are located at Bibwewadi and Wadgaon Sheri with themes of E-learning/skill development and Innovation/Ecology respectively
A clean & sustainable environment, provision of basic public facilities & application of smart solutions is the key to efficient functionality of these urban spaces. Compact and high standard public toilet, storm water harvesting, solar power and ICT elements like CCTV camera, free Wi-Fi, sensors are some of the important features provided in this regard.
With attractive landscape, vibrant colors, innovative furniture, branding, interesting themes and activities, these placemaking sites are designed to have an effective urban space which elaborates the experience of community living and creates a platform for citizen interaction.
Placemaking will be successful in a real sense when citizens, social groups and entrepreneurs become part of this initiative by using this platform for interaction, education, knowledge sharing and provide such facilities supplementing the activities.
In the next phase, it is envisaged to launch about 9 more sites to be completed and operational within 6 months which would encapsulate innovative themes and attractive designs.
Uniqueness of the Project
The Open spaces designed with sustainable design and ICT provisions and innovative elements for better community interaction is the uniqueness of this project.
The main feature is the “solar tree” which generates energy to provide power to elements like laptop, mobile charging and general lighting for the site to make it zero power dependent.‘Totem’ is another feature which not only provides ICT support but also gives identity to the site.
Schedule of Completion
Completed in July 2017.
Last modified: Monday January 15th, 2018