In this issue, We look at key projects that have impacted communities from Kerala to Turkey and China. Designers URBNarc’s latest development Adira Resorts is located on an island within Vembanad Lake in Kochi and was inspired by the landscape environment unique to this part of Kerala. The resort is planned around the central theme of the backwaters and its unique local landscape - a lush, verdant, tropical landscape synonymous with the backwaters of Kerala. It was designed to have minimal impact on its environment and blend seamlessly into its setting. Existing water channels have been retained and new ones added to create a network of waterways connecting the 106 villas.
A key event this year is the 2019 Beijing Expo, a horticulture themed exhibition with the theme ‘Live Green Live Better.” It sees 110 countries and over 70 million visitors coming together and features an array of educational and interactive exhibits and is host to a range of cultural performances. We review another project that had a key focus to unite communities is the Antalya Konyaalti coastline rehabilitation project by Ozer\Urger Architects in Turkey. A key goal of the project was to strengthen the relationship of the residential neighbourhood with the coastline. The recreational, cultural and sporting activities offered to the residents of the settlements were added to the project along the coast for this purpose. The 100 hectares project has various phases which include The Mediterranean Avenue, Olbia Square, Museum Square & a beach park.
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