BENGALURU: Architects and designers participating in Designuru, the festival of art, architecture and design, at Rangoli Art Center, MG Road, were hopeful of a bright future for the city, prescribing a little push from various stakeholders.
“The extension of Namma Metro and TenderSure will definitely come as a boon for the city’s public infrastructure. The Metro should connect residential pockets to suburbs; city architects and government planners should come together for right planning and implementation,” said Gayatri Shetty, chairman, Institute of Indian Interior Designers on Tuesday.
There are many green spaces in Bengaluru which are yet to be identified. All wards should take the initiative to preserve neighbourhood parks involving citizens, she said, adding: “I think Bengaluru can be a walker’s city. During my recent visit to Delhi, I noticed parks were connected for walkers in a very well-proposed exercise. The same can be done in Bengaluru too.”
For architect Dinesh Verma, the best thing that Britishers have done for India is gifting us with impeccable infrastructure. Verma believes we should follow their footsteps and build infrastructure that can breathe for next 60 to 100 years.
“Most of the city’s infrastructure have a short life span and others aren’t serving their purpose. The Richmond Road flyover isn’t being used properly. Already tenders are being floated to make Hebbal lake flyover, which is not even a decade old, bigger. This is nothing but waste of public money. As far as green spaces are concerned, we need to make it a part of our master plan instead of taking them in fragments,” Verma said.
“I don’t think Bengaluru can ever be a walkers’ city. It has become too big for a person to walk and is bursting at the seams. Today, you can walk only on particular roads. In fact, walking isn’t really safe. The city can become walker’s paradise only in small pockets,” he added.
Gita Balakrishnan, an architect from West Bengal, who had spent a considerable amount of time in Bengaluru and is back to the city now, feels public transport in Bengaluru is much better when compared to Kolkata.
“The green spaces in Bengaluru are much better in comparison to other cities. Better management of public transport can help Bengaluru become a walkers’ city,” said Gita, chairperson, West Bengal chapter, IIA.
Low-energy architect Neelam Manjunath who works closely with the use of bamboos, feels the city’s infrastructure isn’t citizen-friendly.
“The application of design in terms of infrastructure is missing and there’s no interaction between city planners and architects. I have suggested use of bamboo for Metro design but the traditional architects are reluctant to implement out-of-box designs. Also, I cannot understand what made them think of an underground metro,” said Neelam.
Coming from the sector of research, development and real estate, architect Ravindra Kumar believes the government should talk to architects when they make infrastructure changes.
“The idea of an elevated Metro is ridiculous. For green spaces, we should be inspired by what Tipu Sultan and Haider Ali did during their regime. Public parks are the need of the hour and we should focus on them,” said Ravindra.
FOR BETTER BENGALURU
* The government has done a fabulous job with TenderSURE. We can surely become a pedestrian-friendly city. There are some loopholes which can be rectified. Bengaluru is one of the most cost-intelligent city.
* There should be big spaces in-and-around the city for people to relax. I suggest a plaza around Vidhana Soudha and the high court.
Credits ET Realty