Karez Water System

Bidar, Karnataka | Ongoing

The Naubad Karez revival undertakes a water-shed based approach, marrying structural conservation and landscape conservation. It forms the starting point of a larger agenda of conserving Bidar’s natural systems built in the early 15th century CE.

An understanding of the landscape processes over time forms the crux for addressing solutions for posterity. The delineation of a cultural landscape 'special area' will influence the urban development plan for the city.

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Karez vents on the plateau are woven into a series of thematic open spaces including maidans, orchards, stroll gardens and green buffers. Community-centric mobility, connectivity and management of waste form key aspects of the design. The energy needs of proposed buildings and open spaces are met through solar energy.

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The Siddeshwar temple adjacent to the mouth of the Naubad Karez is an important public and cultural space in Bidar. The landscape plan organizes and regulates visitor influx , addressing issues of hill-side slope erosion,  and loss of green cover.

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Typology: Public space | Masterplan | Heritage | Groundwater | Biodiversity | Solid Waste Management
Extent: 100 acres (Phase I- 20 acres)

Collaborators: Deccan Heritage Foundation India | Bidar District Administration | UNESCO-ICQHS | IHCNF | IIT-H
Ficus: Sriganesh, Aparna, Abhilash, Sagar, Ram Gokhul, Karthik, Veda