DRAWING OUT NATURES
AFFORESTING URBAN LANDSCAPE: MIYAWAKI FOREST
by K SAKTHIVEL and VIBHAVARI Sarangan
This presentation discusses a collaborative experiment between architects, researchers and cultivators that aims at infusing the urban fabric with indigenous and fast growing forests. These environmental nodes or zones, we hope, shall act as resilient corridors towards alleviating the effects of climate change.
Sakthivel is a Madurai based environmentalist. He founded and manages RainMan Enviro Solutions, Madurai. He is renowned for creating Madurai’s first Miyawaki forest and has gone on to cultivate and care for many such large scale Miyawaki forests in Tamil Nadu. Through this organisation, since 2012, Sakthivel has been conducting tree plantation drives, environment awareness campaigns, water management programmes, surveys of ground and rain water data and has also offered RWH consultation to the citizens of Madurai city. By collaborating with SEA’s Green Lab, he aims to create micro-forests across Maharashtra.
Vibhavari is an architect from SEA Mumbai (2020). Her graduate thesis ‘Relinking Padmanagar’- was based on rejuvenating the existing social networks of Padmanagar, Deonar - through a series of social and environmental interjections. In an attempt to apply her thesis project on site, she referenced cultivation practices in dense urban areas and curated a greening project that aims to create environmentally-active social nodes in Padma Nagar and other such vulnerable settlements that dot the edges of the Deonar dumpyard.
15th July 2022
@ 5:30 PM IST
This is an online series. It has been co-curated and supported by the Shared Ecologies programme of the Shyama Foundation along with the ongoing support of Urban Centre Mumbai.
SEA City events are free and open to everyone across the world.