It’s hope that runs the world. There is nothing that can hold back the human determination to excel and see a better tomorrow for himself, no matter what the odds. Along with this though, it always is a wise choice to prepare for the worst, so that it seems bearable. Hence the idea of a disaster management centre appealed to us.
The approach to education of this sort also matters when most of the population today cannot look beyond their noses and anticipate a calamity. This awareness about disaster and its management thus needs to be done along with a little entertainment.
Re-active education - Pro-active design:
While the centre gives you complete training of what is to be done when disaster strikes, the design of the structure itself subtly hints at measures that humans can adopt for the overall well being of this planet.
Balanced condition of mother earth is getting disturbed. Resulting into Storms, Draughts, Floods, Earthquake, Rise in global temperature & other effects rising due scarcity of water. Who is responsible for all such natural disasters ?
We humans are responsible for all the changes such as salinity, deforestation, pollution due to growth in population and their never ending greed.
In October 2004 a WWF report The Living Plant Report 2004 says humanity is already
consuming 20% more natural resources than the earth can efficiently produce
1 tree in 100 years consumes 1 ton of CO2
Encroaching green belts and ruining the eco system by disturbing Wild life and water bodies in the jungle.
In today’s world of green practices and sustainability, we think the greenest proactive solution to environmental problems is the simple act of increasing vegetation on the earth’s surface. We have thus ended up choosing to provide 70% of the site area as vegetation. The campus thus gets the soothing feel of a green oasis amidst the urban jungle, as one approaches it from outside.
Majority of areas are provided by natural light wherever was need.
Rain water harvesting is implemented in our design with road sections designed to store water under them, yet another proactive measure taken to conserve our natural resources. The structure itself slopes down to a water body, again echoing the idea of optimum utilization of water.
It is a conscious thought of designing a fluid structure as a contrast to the grid iron pattern of the landscape that surrounds it, so as to facilitate quick and easy exits from the site. We hope that the safety drills spill out to the site as well, and are not restricted to the building alone.
The structure of the building has evolved from a simple cylinder, used in some of the earliest structures known to man. The thin corrugated form of the building makes it a stable structure capable of taking lateral thrust to a very high extent. This helps it survive through an earthquake.
The existing structures of this coastal city and their conversation with the sea have inspired us to design our own water bodies on site.
This design, we hope will be iconic for the sustainable ideas it wishes to portray to the city and world at large.
Use: Educational, Recreational, Exhibition
Date: Concept Design, October 2011
Area: 2,60,000 sq.ft
Status: Competition Entry