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Sewers as Sidewalks: Delhi Ups the Urban Reuse Ante : TreeHugger

I love seeing design help the environment, and not just by building “green” structures…this is helping to clean up Delhi’s environment.

via Sewers as Sidewalks: Delhi Ups the Urban Reuse Ante : TreeHugger.

Urban planner and architect Manit Rastogi has an idea that makes the High Line look like child’s play: turning the 350 kilometers of storm water drains — now mostly filled with untreated sewage — in Delhi into a network of landscaped paths for pedestrians and cyclists. If he can pull it off, India‘s capital will be greener, cleaner, and safer for its 17 million residents.

Created some 700 years ago, Delhi’s 18 major “nullahs,” or storm drains, and their 15,000 sub-branches originally provided a drainage system for excess rainwater, The City Fix reports. Now, most carry household sewage into the heavily polluted Yamuna River. Cleaning them up won’t be easy, but Rastogi says his Delhi Nullahsrevitalization project would have extensive environmental, cultural, and transportation benefits…




Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.