Press recognition for Sector 34 Masterplan

Navabharat Times Newspaper has published a press release celebrating Alpa Nawre’s Sector 34 Masterplan winning an International Federation of Landscape Architects Award for Analysis and Masterplanning.

(Translation) International Award for Naya Raipur Sector 34 Masterplan, design by Alpa Nawre

Raipur: Alpa Nawre, a young architect from Chhattisgarh, designed a masterplan that is being recognized not only nationally but internationally as well. An NIT Raipur B. Arch graduate, Alpa received a master’s degree in Urban Design from Harvard University. She has designed a master plan for Sector 34 in Naya Raipur – keeping in mind issues of water, open space and greenery. With this plan, in the future, the agricultural land and lives of rural inhabitants will not be disturbed, and there will no longer be a drinking water shortage. This plan has won an award in the Design Winning Entry for Analysis and Masterplanning category by the International Federation of Landscape Architects, Africa Asia Pacific Middle East. Alpa, a professor at the University of Florida, prepared this plan along with Saurabh Lohiya, Astrid Wong and Gaurav Lohiya under the firm name Alpa Nawre Design (DNA).

Sector 34 Masterplan receives International Award

Executive Director Alpa Nawre’s Sector 34 Masterplan for Naya Raipur in the State of Chhattisgarh, introduces an alternative development strategy that integrates both rural and urban populations – complete with integrated agriculture and water management to develop a more sustainable, synergic lifestyle. This concept design has won an International AAPME Award (IFLA) for Analysis and Masterplanning.

Alpa Nawre introduces Critical Places at 2018 LAF Innovation & Leadership Symposium

[17 May 2018] Alpa Nawre talks about the work of Critical Places at the LAF Symposium in Washington DC and speaks about design interventions that address water and other issues in rural India.

Critical Places team members, Lillian Cooper and Leslie Johnson, were also in attendance.

Alpa speaks about the importance of public participation to include all stakeholders in the design process during her presentation at the LAF Symposium.

Lillian and Leslie discuss next year’s topic of research with a new LAF Fellow.

Lillian and Alpa discuss upcoming design work in India at the Awards Banquet.

Alpa (center) receives a certificate of recognition from Laura Solano (left) and Lucinda Sanders (right) for her work as an LAF Fellow in 2017/2018.

Press Recognizes Team’s Work in Dhamori Village

[01 May 2018] Dhamori Village Development Plan & Playground Initiative in Press

(Translation) A young team changed the landscape of a village in Maharashtra

If there is determination in the heart, nothing is impossible. With this thought, a team from Chhattisgarh has changed the landscape of Dhamori Village in Maharashtra. This village was suffering from a water crisis, and the farmers were stressed from lack of irrigation. There was garbage spread everywhere. There used to be no facilities for children and teenagers to play, but with village development plan prepared by the team from Critical Places, the irrigation problems of the Dhamori Village are now solved. The streets are cleaner and the art and paintings on the walls of the village give a whole new look to the community. This brings smiles to the residents of Dhamori, especially the children.

The Upper House (Rajyasabha) of Indian Parliament’s member (MP) Dr. Vikas Mahatme made a vital contribution to changing the state of Dhamori Village, which is adjacent to the city of Amravati in Maharashtra. Dr. Mahatme had adopted this village previously; however, the future development of Dhamori Village was not promising before Critical Places arrived. Thanks to Dr. Mahatme’s initiative and advice, a team from Critical Places came to the village and changed its landscape.

Alpa Nawre, an architect originally from Chhattisgarh and currently working in Florida as an assistant professor, along with her team – architect Skandha Upadhyaya (Raipur), marine engineer Saurabh Lohiya (Rajnandgaon), Kabir Lohiya, Lesli Johnson from America and Teesaj Wai Wong from Hong Kong – created a Village Development plan to address the problems of the villagers and to aid healthy and happy living. Alpa initially presented this plan on her website, and when the MP came across it, he contacted her.

The farmers of Dhamori Village were struggling with irrigation and the hard water composition made the problems worse. In this scenario, the only probable solution was to conserve the rainwater. The villagers lacked awareness about cleanliness as well. There were no places for children to play. The lakes and ponds were also in extremely bad shape.

To begin, the team from Critical Places gathered the villagers and encouraged them to be a part of the project – to volunteer for the development of their own village. The plan started with solving the irrigation crisis and primarily utilized rainwater harvesting to do so. Along with providing an ample supply of water for farming – a waste disposal system was designed, a drainage plan for the sewage water was arranged, and suggestions for improving the state of the roads and electrical systems were made.

The inhabitants of the Dhamori greatly supported the proposed changes to the landscape of the village. On Christmas Day (25th of December), the volunteers from the village and the Critical Places team built a drainage system and an attractive stair leading to a new public space near the village pond. The stair utilized donated recycled tires. Some villagers even financially support this cause. With the financial and physical help of the villagers, the walls of the village hall were painted and swings for the children and an outdoor gym space for the youth were constructed. MP Dr. Vikas Mahatme also volunteered during construction and inaugurated the playground and the outdoor gym.

Successful in making people aware
“This is the first time I had the opportunity to work in Dhamori, and I am happy that the people of the village are now aware of rainwater harvesting and waste management strategies. Our greatest achievement with the project in Dhamori is a change in mindset. The villagers no longer complain about various teams coming into their home that only thinks about themselves and does not care about the village and its villagers. I am very happy that this complaint came to rest with the development plan executed by the team members of Critical Places.” -Saurabh Lohiya

Alpa Nawre gives a LAM Lecture at ASLA Headquarters

[07 July 2017] Alpa Nawre speaks at ASLA Headquarters in Washington DC about water infrastructure in India as a tool for community development.

LAM Lecture: The Ecologies of Resource Management

Watch Alpa Nawre, ASLA, and Bradford McKee in the second lecture in the LAM Lecture series on healthy water infrastructure as a development tool in rural India.

Posted by Landscape Architecture Magazine on Friday, September 8, 2017


Alpa Nawre presents at 2016 LAF Summit

 [10 June 2016] Alpa Nawre speaks at the 2016 LAF Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, about developing landscapes of resource management. Each of the 25 speakers delivered a 10-minute “Declaration” of leadership and presented ideas for how landscape architecture can make its vital contribution in response to the challenges of our time and the next 50 years.