The new campus for the Sri Venkateswara University in Cudappah is spread over 450 acres. In 2005 the university announced an open national competition for the comprehensive design of all the facilities for the campus. The core idea of our winning competition entry was a master-plan organization that effectively addressed the social as well as and environmental aspects of the project.
Being almost 20 kms from town, the campus is designed as a mini-township with two major Zones - the southern academic zone and the northern residential zone - separated by the state highway that cuts through the center of the site. Zones are located at optimum distance from each other and the highway to minimize travel and maximize independence. Within itself each zone consists of tightly-knit clusters of buildings suitable to the climate. The buildings are effectively concentrated in only ninety acres of the campus and the movement network is planned to give pedestrian movement priority over vehicular traffic.
The campus is a microcosm characterized by a complex web of social relationships and the master-plan sensitively address the Particular needs of the various actors of this web.