2021 Plimpton-Poorvu Design Prize, Honorable Mention: Dolvi Township Project

Rendering of complex promenade

by Andriani Wira Atmadja (MUP ’21) and Nadege Giraudet (MArch I ’21) — Recipients of the 2021 Plimpton-Poorvu Design Prize, Honorable Mention.

Dolvi Township Project aims to develop a sustainable residential prototype on a steep terrain next to the JSW Steel Plant in Mumbai Metropolitan Region of India. Initially prompted by JSW Realty to construct 800 rental apartment units exclusively for their steel plant’s employees, the project was expanded by the design team to offer an additional 800 for-sale residential units, retail, public amenities, and green infrastructure that benefit the local community and the region. The proposal offers a vision for development that focuses on integrating challenging programs in an existing topography. By tailoring the township’s footprint to the site’s contours, and using construction materials that are produced from recycling the JSW Steel Plant’s waste, the project seeks to minimize its carbon footprint and build a sustainable living model for the community.