The focus of the project is to develop leadership in education and sustainability beyond the levels already attained by the IIT, whilst setting a completely different trend in working toward a zero carbon footprint. The development of this master plan gives us a unique opportunity to blend technology and education, cultivating minds and creativity using research and above all creating excellence in all spheres of environmental, economical and social sustainability.
Ancient beliefs find the most concentrated point of the universe and the ultimate goal of the individual in the Bindu. It is the center of the circle, the focal point from which everything moves in and out. The Bindu has neither beginning nor end, it is neither positive nor negative; it is the embodiment of psychic and spirituality totally. It also suggests the waves of vibration from the center; the more the form is in flux the more it becomes whole. Transcending the elements is the Bindu, as a center the point controls everything which is projected from it; such a center is called mahabindu, or Great Point , and it signifies the starting point in the unfolding of inner space as well as the
last point of it's ultimate integration.
The Bindu which is non quantifiable, lends quantity due to it's movement. It is the ever vital source and home for everything. It is the point of initiation that has the potential for continuity or movement, and together with its point of rest forms a unit in the relevant context of space and time.
The Bindu forms the central point of a mandala a starting point of reference a point from which the coordinates are drawn. The center of the proposed design balances the centrifugal and a centripetal forces that generates vectors along the force field. These vectors attract critical masses that reinforce them along their line of movement balancing them in either direction. Movement along these vectors dotted with focal structures forms the overriding network of pedestrian traffic on campus. Keeping the movement radii to about 200-400 m (5-10 minute walk) within each zone encourages a hierarchy of pedestrian traffic that positively deters vehicular movement on campus to a great extent. The vectors also form a vibrant urban environment and develop a pedestrian realm that reinforces social interactions along courts and plazas formed at regular intervals.
The development zones are shaped by movement and landscape, thus forming green fingers moving through the built environment that further spill over into larger open community spaces or densely planted areas forming a network of landscapes encouraging movement within a natural setting. Open spaces along these vectors change character taking color from the various kinds of activities and functions located along the them.
The architectural vocabulary develops as a systematic and carefully planned network of structures that further divides into a hierarchy of spaces between the academic and the non academic spaces. The courts and plazas humanize the scale of the campus and visually mitigate the built form of the structures. The master plan is thus unfolded like an organism that grows from its seed.
The central focal point being the seed from which the various blocks develop and grow along circulatory systems much like the neural systems of the organism. The IITH campus can achieve sustainability in the truest form by designing at both the macro and the micro levels simultaneously. This will help lay down rigorous guidelines and goals for the design, encouraging sustainable development.At the macro level the challenge is to create a balance between the human and the natural ecosystems and to find a solution to sustain the environment ecologically, economically and socially. A macro development plan to adopt the villages and generate a horticultural, agricultural and dairy farm industry to self sustain the campus and the surrounding villages, economically and environmentally will aid in laying the foundation for sustainable development not only on site but also around it.
Man power from the villages can also be employed for campus maintenance and for the farming industry. Satellite housing will be provided for these employees (farmers, maintenance personnel) in the villages around. Macro development will thus create job opportunities for the locals as well as attract more skilled workforce to the vicinity augmenting the economic, social and environmental growth of the villages positively.
This ensures a strong policy for essential concerns such as movement, energy, supply and distribution of water, disposal of waste and availability of natural resources, making the plan increasingly sustainable. Phasing of the master plan will be done considering that at any given time the project will look as complete as possible. Technology is used to develop a modular system of construction to ensure minimum impact on surrounding landscapes and structures during the development of phases.
Development of a forest ecosystem by planting huge tree cover areas will further enhance the macro and micro climate of the site. Areas to be developed in later phases will be covered in dense shrubbery during the initial years of development so that tree cover is not affected later.