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Sandhya Savant studied at Sir J. J. College of Architecture, University of Mumbai. She graduated with a Masters degree in Urban Design, at University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A. She has been a recipient of the Charles Wallace Fellowship for Conservation (U.K.), and as part of the fellowship she did a certificate course in Conservation at the Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), London and a short internship at University Of York. She has outlined the Development guidelines for the Opera House Precinct, which is one of the first urban architectural controls to be adopted for heritage areas in India. She has also co-authored `Conserving an Image Center - The Fort Precinct in Bombay'. Based on this study and recommendation the State Government declared the Fort area a Conservation Precinct in 1995.

This was a planning and design concept competition to present the visions for a decaying Industrial city; as it exists today and as it might exist in the year 2020. 250 international entries from 43 nations were received. This entry won a gold medal. THE PROGRAM Using the city of Milwaukee as a prototype, the competitors were challenged to develop proposals for the future city that responded to the prevailing social and economic forces. The solutions had to be transferable to similar industrial cities around the world. They were asked to generate their visions for three typical areas: The Downtown district, Older Neighborhood and the Suburban edge.

The proposal attempts to heighten the experiential quality of city living - The charm and excitement of the city center, and a sense of belonging and permanence of the older neighborhoods, and a sense of community and intimacy of the suburban villages. This is made possible by proposing tax incentives for urban in-fill developments and making zoning changes to protect older neighborhoods and curbing suburban sprawl using value-in-use taxation.

Project Team : Sandhya Savant, Sunalini Hegde, Meera Sanghavi, Naila Shamsi, Shobha Shivakolundu. Prof Simon Atkinson and Prof Robert Mugeurer.

Submitted as part of Urban Design Studio Work, University Of Texas, Austin USA. Year of Completion : 1988.
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