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Eco-Sim City: Norms for Resilience, Diversity and Spontaneity

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By questioning the traditional forms of development, the project ‘Eco-Sim City’ redefines the existing sector model in Gandhinagar, India. It provides its inhabitants with greater liberty to build on their private plots through an innovative choice-based system. The project is based on the premise of redefining the existing planning strategies of Gandhinagar, such that it addresses the growing climate crises by also actively involving its citizens, making cities self-sufficient and hence more resilient. This project aims to introduce various productive landscapes at the city level, sector level, and private plot level through various planning regulation. At the city level, it will develop a holistic green network that is integrated with public infrastructure, is productive, and enhances biodiversity. At the sector level, it will introduce an efficient mobility network and land-use regulations that are flexible but also regulatory. At the private plot level, the inhabitants are to take on the responsibility of a "Keeper". This means that they need to dedicate a portion of their lands to develop and maintain ("keep", hence they are the keeper), by themselves, a productive landscape of their choice. They can choose from – Keeper of Food, Keeper of Air & Pollen, Keeper of Animals, Keeper of Water & Soil, and Keeper of Trading & Processing, and so on so forth. If a person chooses to become a Keeper of Food, then he/she can develop farmland and orchard on their land, for instance. Although the context given here is of Gandhinagar, the concept is flexible for any low to medium dense settlement or even newly developing suburbs around dense urban centres.