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In a major development of Karle Town Centre (KTC) in Bangalore, India, the city is being primed as a thriving tech hub.

UNStudio has designed the new KTC and UNSense – the arch tech company founded by UN Studio – is working with Karle Infra on the use of sensorial technologies throughout the masterplan.

KTC is a development that aims to define Bangalore locally and inspire the whole of India to ‘lead by example’ when designing future urban destinations.

The new town centre, which is under construction, is next to the Manyata Tech Park with scenic views over Nagavara Lake.

UNStudio created an Urban Branding Manual with KTC as part of the design process. The manual looks at how to attract talent, families and investment back to cities.

The manual is a tool to facilitate the design intentions of the client, engineers, architects and urban planners.

Three defining pillars are outlined in the manual – garden, health and culture.

The design of the KTC masterplan focuses on the cultural perception of health, security, connectivity and scale, while respecting deeply rooted Indian traditions and beliefs.

Security is high priority, but the design of the urban plan reflects an open and inviting campus.

Underground roads reduce congestion and noise and improve the area for pedestrians.

In KTC the landscape and architecture complement each other, from the design of the planter edges to the architectural features found in the landscape.

The interwoven forms let visitors know that KTC is Bangalore’s ‘Garden City of the 21st Century’.

UNStudio, in collaboration with BALJON Landscape Architects from Amsterdam, has designed a sustainable and resilient landscape plan linked to the concept of the garden as a place of leisure and relaxation.

The masterplan focuses on public realm by promoting the lake front promenade, providing adequate streetscape and avenue vegetation, adding semi-public sky gardens and integrating the design of all urban elements.

Sustainable strategies used at KTC include large underground water retention zones for the irrigation of onsite vegetation.

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