Pune: The Consul General of Sweden Ulrika Sundberg hosted Swedish National Day in Pune and announced Paarth Matkari and Kaushal Tatiya from the Vivekanand Institute of Technology’s Padmabhushan Dr Vasantdada Patil College of Architecture, Pune (VIT’s PVP COA) as the winners of the urban design competition organised by them. The winners will submit their model to the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) for designing the Swedish Avenue in Pimpri Chinchwad.
The design competition among the city-based architecture colleges was organised to encourage young architects to think on sustainable city planning and bring the model of the Swedish street concept into reality. Swedish companies have their offices on Sveanagar Road in Pimpri-Chinchwad for over five decades.
The street has been renamed as Swedish Avenue as a token of recognition of Sweden’s contribution to India’s economy, particularly to the state economy. The Swedish Avenue will symbolise Swedish values, innovations, (eco-friendly) sustainability and technology. Therefore, the community will transform the Swedish Avenue into a model smart street with all modern urban infrastructure facilities.
The Avenue will also showcase Swedish solutions for the beautification and multi-functionality of the streets. It also aims to regain the pavements to walk and exercise and have solar power poles, air pollution information, recycling systems and waste management systems, recycled benches, cycling pathway, vehicle connectivity, smart transportation, information signages, Wi-Fi and CCTV.
According to the model created by the winners, the street will be painted in white, yellow and blue and additional trees and flowerbeds will be added and maintained. Moreover, Swedish art, designs and exhibitions will be displayed on the street.
To promote the exchange of urban planning and design ideas between India and Sweden, the winners of this competition have been awarded a sponsored trip to Sweden by the Consulate of Sweden in Mumbai. The winners will visit Sweden for a week to understand Swedish urban design values.
Sundberg said, “Sustainable cities and infrastructure is crucial for tackling major challenges faced by the global community in reigniting growth, delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals and reducing environmental footprint and climate change.”