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Hok design a city where man and nature coexist harmoniously

KHED is envisioned to be a world class community for scientific innovation and exceptional quality of life, integrated with the natural environment. It is conceived to be a place that nurtures a creative culture, promotes environmental stewardship and stimulates economic vitality.

All 30 million species of planet have learned to live sustainably within the operating conditions of the earth by evolving to fit into place, becoming progressively more well-adapted overtime. Using biomimicry as a design ethos for sustainability, the architects believe we can learn how to be more well-adapted to the plant in the long run, fundamental to this development's model of urbanism where man and nature coexist harmoniously.

The development is essentially made of three components: the 2000 hectare Processing Area (PA); the 2000 hectare Non-Processing Area (NPA); and the 1400 hectare Domestic Tariff Area (DTA). The Processing Area will provide the base of employment focused on export-oriented non-polluting industries and R&D facilities; the Non-Processing Area will become the mixed-use neighbourhoods located in the close proximity to employment concentrations; the DTA will remain the flexible area to be developed in the future based on the changing market demand.

The Processing Zones at KHED SEZ are envisioned to have the state-of-the-art infrastructure, equipped with the latest technology. Careful consideration is given to the location of industries and how they are arranged based on their symbiotic relationship with one another. A picturesque location on the Deccan plateau and interconnected industrial clusters in natural setting fosters inspiration and change on a global scale.

The Non-Processing Zones are essentially the urban centres of the KHED SEZ that cater to the creative class who desire environments with a range of amenities and lifestyle choices. These Urban centres are organised around the historically based form of the public squares, plazas and bazaars, in a contemporary form, yielding an urbanism that is both dynamic and familiar. urban centres are next to and connected with residential neighbourhoods, offering a wide range of housing options. This combination is complemented by the physical location of the community which sits upon a high plateau: a picturesque and inspiring location. The design process is still on-going as the conceptual master plan is being developed into a detailed master plan.

Fonte: World Architecture News
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