Foster + Partners unveils masterplan for sustainable Indian state capital

British architecture firm Foster + Partners has unveiled its masterplan for the new state capital of the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh. The sustainable city will cover 217 square kilometres.

According to a Foster + Partners statement, Amaravati will be “one of the most sustainable” cities in the world. The new administrative capital of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh was created following the redefinition of state boundaries between Andhra Pradesh and the newly created state of Telangana.

Situated on the banks of the River Krishna, the new city will “benefit from an abundant supply of fresh water” and will be designed to “the highest standards of sustainability, including the widespread use of solar energy”. At least 60 per cent of the masterplan will be occupied by greenery or water, and the transportation strategy will include electric vehicles, water taxis and dedicated bicycle routes, as well as shaded streets and squares to encourage people to walk through the city.

South of the river, the design includes a mixed-use quarter structured around 13 urban plazas, signifying the 13 state districts in Andhra Pradesh. A green spine runs the length of the masterplan. At the heart of the city is the 550-hectare governmental complex featuring two key buildings – the Legislature Assembly and High Court complex, both of which will also be designed by Foster + Partners – as well as several secretariat buildings.

“We are delighted to be working with the Chief Minister and the Government of Andhra Pradesh to help them realize their ideas for the People’s Capital and to build a clear and inspiring vision for the governmental complex at Amaravati,” said Norman Foster. “The design brings together our decades-long research into sustainable cities, incorporating the latest technologies that are currently being developed in India.”

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