Neo Delhi – Rethinking Connaught place ’19 : India

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Architecture August 15, 2019 August 25, 2019

Introduction:
New Delhi (/ˈdɛli/, Hindi pronunciation: [dɪlliː] Dilli), the capital of India – is the seat of power of the largest democracy. This city has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC. It has been occupied, demolished and re-written several times, particularly during the medieval period till the last century. This region is now a host of sprawling built masses and various emerging megacities. The history of Delhi as the political capital of the country has been highly dynamic. And the way the city looks today was much much different from its projected future in the last century.

Connaught Place, fondly called “CP”, practically forms the City Centre of Delhi. Conceived as a commerce hub or CBD by the British it has been constantly growing and becoming one of the most vibrant recreational and institutional space attracting local, regional and international visitors throughout the year. CP then slowly became a hub of many things – Social (Circus, Events, Protests, etc.), Political (Rallies, Parades, Road Shows, etc.), Cultural (Celebrations, Festivals, etc.), Economic (Workplaces, Business Centers, etc.) and Accessibility (With all the national highways passing through CP).

Challenge:
The sprawling circular market was the largest of its kind in India. The structures have been continuously transformed by the inhabitants/tenants/shop owners while keeping the external skin same. The market has been co

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