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Energy Efficient Skyscraper: Reintegrating passive design in architecture with active systems for the future

Part 2 Project 2015
Aman Saini
School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi New Delhi India
Blindly following the western trend, modern architecture in India seems to be neglecting the age old passive architectural techniques. The design project presented attempts to set an example by integrating passive architecture with modern research and technological advancement to meet the requirements of the future India.

Apart from the obvious reasons in favour of a skyscraper like increasing urban density and availability of more open and green spaces, recent studies have revealed that a carefully planned tall building reduces the heat island effect, requires less infrastructure, significantly lowers the carbon emissions from transportation, and reduces transportation related energy consumption.

Talking about a country like India, where the urban density in a place like Delhi is increasing day by day and open space per capital is as less as 1 m2, the need to go higher to accommodate needs of the future is inevitable.

The project undertakes research and design for an 86 storeyed (332 m) energy efficient skyscraper comprising offices, hotels, retail, and observatory as a part of Transit Oriented Development proposal by Delhi Development Authority at Karkardooma, Delhi.

Aman Saini


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