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Placemaking Initiatives

1. Development of Below Flyover Spaces

The twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad have a world-class Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), the first of its kind in Karnataka. The dedicated bus corridor connecting the twin cities has three bus-only flyovers across the corridor. An exercise was initiated at the Urban Design centre to put the unused spaces below flyovers into pockets of activity and landscape. 

The below flyover space at the Navanagar-Amargol junctions is planned with interventions like a walking track, installations, and landscaping incorporated with playful elements for children. The space under the Unkal Cross flyover is designed to elevate visitors' experience of the temple located on the island while ensuring safe opportunities for access. The space under the Unkal Village flyover is structured around a mid-block pedestrian crossing.


2. Putaani Park in KSRTC quarters

The lack of parks and playgrounds beyond the city's core area prevents young children and their caretakers from having the everyday opportunity to explore, learn, and grow in a safe, sociable, and healthy outdoor environment. Hence there is a need to create family-friendly public spaces across multiple scales and locations. With the current brown-field dense development, carving entirely new tracts of land for parks becomes a mammoth task that is often impossible to realize. Therefore, the concept of pocket parks or putaani parks was conceived. Putaani in Kannada translates to tiny; therefore, as the name suggests, the project aims to create small pocket parks for play interventions out of underutilized public land or carving out a play area that is ergonomically designed for toddlers.

A pilot puttani Park is proposed in KSRTC quarters in Vinayak Nagar (Shanthi Nagar, Bengaluru). Two pockets about 4.5m x 8m in size sandwiched between staff housing blocks were identified. Both land parcels provided access to the backyard of the housing blocks but were unutilized and were an open dumping ground. The pockets were toddler-friendly, with unique sensory and gross motor play opportunities and seating to cater to caretakers. One Park was also designed to be universally accessible.