City Spaces

AUDA SEES GREEN AHEAD

Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) had announced in February 2013 a revised City Draft Development Plan 2021 that proposed mandatory ‘green streets’ which would serve as green public spaces for a variety of recreational and leisurely activities.

AUDA was planning to connect parks, plazas, and open spaces in a “green network” that protected the health of its citizenry. It visualised green streets meant to boost tree cover. Planned green streets would strive for tree plantation and street landscaping while unplanned green streets would be left with extensive tree cover.

Planning and development often ignores the genuine need for creating open space for larger public good. In the past, open space could be seen at many towns and cities and the traditional square was where community gatherings and functions were held.

AUDA was infusing new ideas into the concept of how people looked at public spaces. With rapid urbanisation a massive number of trees were uprooted or chopped away dangerously affecting the green cover needed to sustain normal health.

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AUDA was planning to connect parks, plazas, and open spaces in a “green network” that protected the health of its citizenry. It visualised green streets meant to boost tree cover. Planned green streets would strive for tree plantation and street landscaping while unplanned green streets would be left with extensive tree cover.

Planning and development often ignores the genuine need for creating open space for larger public good. In the past, open space could be seen at many towns and cities and the traditional square was where community gatherings and functions were held.

AUDA was infusing new ideas into the concept of how people looked at public spaces. With rapid urbanisation a massive number of trees were uprooted or chopped away dangerously affecting the green cover needed to sustain normal health.

AUDA was planning to connect parks, plazas, and open spaces in a “green network” that protected the health of its citizenry. It visualised green streets meant to boost tree cover. Planned green streets would strive for tree plantation and street landscaping while unplanned green streets would be left with extensive tree cover.

Planning and development often ignores the genuine need for creating open space for larger public good. In the past, open space could be seen at many towns and cities and the traditional square was where community gatherings and functions were held.

AUDA was infusing new ideas into the concept of how people looked at public spaces. With rapid urbanisation a massive number of trees were uprooted or chopped away dangerously affecting the green cover needed to sustain normal health.

Deadvlei – Dreamlike Forest Landscape in Namibia

The trees are estimated to be approximately 900 years old. However, they have not decomposed due to the dry climate. Deadvlei is a heaven for photographers as the contrast between colours of the nature and the sky make incredible images. Deadvlei is far from the parking lot, so be sure to stay hydrated.

Crooked Forest, Poland

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Salina Turda the Science Fiction Wonder of Cluj, Romania

Thousands of interior lights are waiting and the air seems to go all the way to your brain skipping the lungs. It’s easy to imagine yourself on another planet or on a space ship where an adventure
begins. Since 1991, Salina Turda has been declared “a museum mine.”

Cathedral of Créteil Extension, Paris

The architecture of the building is based on the classical arrangement of a religious site. The dome pointing towards the sky, replicates the footprint of the original cathedral. The creator of this unique design is Charles- Gustave Stoskoph.

Plitvice Lakes National Park – A Natural Wonder of Lakes Tumbling Into Each Other

Between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina lies a natural European wonder. All the lakes feature a different colour that turns this national park into a fairy-tale. The reason? Water changed the original colour of rocks through erosion over centuries and the wide range of algae and other plants lead to the deep blue, green or simply transparent shades of the waters.