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Programming Navalur Forest Park, Dharwad

Updated: Feb 21, 2020

A regional park designed around 3 key ideas: Attract, Educate, Conserve

Client: Selco Foundation, Chief Conservator of Forests (Forest Department)

Location: Navalur Village, outskirts of Dharwad

Partner/Collaborators: Selco Foundation

Duration: Nov 2016 - May 2017

Status: Completed

Navalur Forest-Park was a proposition to re-imagine the patch of grazing land in Navalur village allocated for compensatory afforestation of over 3000 trees (related to a new BRTS project), as a regional green space to serve the larger rur-urban region of Hubli and Dharwad.

Situated as a threshold space between the disappearing rural and rapidly urbanizing landscape, the idea was to elevate the project from a tree plantation exercise to co-creation of a carefully programmed landscape, whilst balancing the inherent socio-economic context. The forest-park would make room for nature and biodiversity while simultaneously also allowing people into parts of it, to enjoy it, learn from it, and value it so as to bring greater conscious about the environment.

As a result, the programming was anchored on the 3 key ideas of -

  1. Attract (making space for rural people and urbanites alike)

  2. Educate (about nature and ecological systems)

  3. Conserve (make room for nature to compensate for the loss of trees due to BRTS)

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