Location: Mesra, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Project Work Status: Unbuilt Projects
Area: 780 Acres
Client: Bit Mesra
Team: Sanjay Bhardwaj, Tejpal Sangar
This design exploration for the BIT Campus at Mesra encompasses the various exercises of building design, master planning, and landscape design into one common agenda - sustainable planning. Sustainability is the underlying principle for all design and intervention into the campus - be it social, financial or environmental sustainability. The available land of 780 acres, with its resident population of approximately 6000 persons, is ideal for creating a self-sustainable community which is not reliant on external support for its resources and waste disposal and treatment. The main issues tackled were rain-water harvesting and use in domestic consumption, waste water and sewage treatment and re-use, on-site new and renewable energy production, intelligent building design and management systems that reduce energy consumption, landscape design to follow an ecological model, and use of part of landscape as a production landscape. The key thrust areas for this exercise were planning for future growth, upgrade of existing building stock, an integrated master plan and re-invigorating the visual paradigm.