Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
A Rejuvenation of Pushkar Lake in Rajasthan, India by James London Mills
July 7th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: James London Mills
The Rejuvenation of Pushkar Lake explores how religious and cultural narrative can be utilised as a means of informing holistic sustainable design via abstracted knowledge and systems process.
The project reinterprets the Hindu cosmological story of the Kṣīra Sāgara, abstracting its embedded ontological process as a strategy of both form and functional solution, rejuvenating the ecology of the holy pilgrimage lake of Pushkar, India.
Pushkar is a main Hindu pilgrimage site and home to one of worlds largest camel fairs, attracting 150,000 people to the town every year. The lakes life cycle varies throughout the year due to seasonal extremes of drought and monsoon. This causes the lake to dry out during months of high temperature and low precipitation, and become flooded during months of high rain fall, carrying silt and chemical run off from surrounding agricultural hills; it is under further yearly degradation due to the heavy environmental bearing of the local activities during times of pilgrimage.
The design outcome is an open-loop purification system to regenerate the lakes condition and sustain its ecology. The design solution helps to regulate this condition through a seasonal cyclic process, consisting of: water storage during months of rainfall via large sub-level wells; de-siltation collection and filtration via sub-level wells; further carbon filtration via coal production and processing; biomass production via algae cultivation system embedded in structural elements; camel pellet feed production via biomass output – this process provides a local source of economic stability during festival months, clean privately sheltered and carbon filtered bathing pools, public toilets, a 360° tourism viewing tower, and raises a wider scale awareness of the lakes condition and possible alternatives to local chemical farming techniques.
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