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Kalantre Sanika Rajan


A common ground (Bird Biodiversity Reserve)

In the central semi-arid region of the Bhima river basin of the Deccan plateau, and a recently built Ujani reservoir (1987) lies a village Kumbhargaon. The landscape of the place lies between the spells of extreme dry and wet cycles. Two communities, one of the ancient fisher folks, Bhois and the other of the semi-nomadic pastorals Dhangars reside here. Both communities have placed displacement and shift in ways of life and livelihood. When visited their settlements and interacted with both the communities it was observed that they share a common land, yet they are very distant. Stitching this gap within the communities of a place with a landscape intervention that brings them together is the key idea of the project. The modified ecology of the reservoir gave rise to leading to seasonal wetlands attract around 290 bird species to the place. The project programmatically introduces birding-based tourism as a shared occupation for Dhangars and Bhois. The bird reserve with community participatory tourism intends to support the diverse set of habitats of the forests and wetlands. This will culturally act as an intermediate system that has the potential to bring the community together. The project does not intend to promote reckless tourism but to rather promote community-owned and driven sensible tourism and habitat conservation by developing a dependency on the newly emerged birding culture. 

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Traces: Tracing extremities | Understanding larger context | Understanding larger village landscape typology

Landscape grain plan and sections

Accretions: Stitch in time and space (Past, present and parallel systems)

Anomalies: Correlating culture and nature | Idea of palimpsest as a metaphor: Stitch

Vision: Stitching the gap | Site documentation: Understanding micro conditions of the site

Idea of palimpsest as a tool: Understanding stitches in landscape | Interpreting stitches

Site analysis

Zoning and system thinking | Master plan


Before and after intervention maps