26 Sep '16, 1pm

Grass-roofed arches and planted terraces bring nature into this modern bazaar in India

Grass-roofed arches and planted terraces bring nature into this modern bazaar in India

Craft shops and courts line the arches and offer local craftspeople a place to sell their wares and teach their craft. “During the design process, the layout of the twenty-acre Awadh Shilpgram evolved organically from the commercial, cultural, social and leisurely interactions of people,” write the architects. “An elliptical form enables a smooth corner-free circulation; it narrows down while spiralling inward, and emulates the density and vibrancy of the Lucknowi Bazaars of yesteryears; the bazaars with the streets that got progressively narrower.” To balance the paved surfaces, the architects added large amounts of landscaping, from the green space that hugs the outer rim of the spiral to the

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