A NEW GUIDE TO BALANCING MOBILITY AND HUMANITY ON MAIN STREET
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Seeds for Change

Gurgaon

India

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Project for Public Spaces
 on 
June 24, 2019
June 25, 2019

Our transportation choices have profound impacts on the public realm. Seeds for Change marks a step in a safer, more sustainable direction with its conversion of four car parking spots to an attractive place with parking for 40 bicycles.

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Seeds for Change symbolically and substantively counters car dominance in Gurgaon by transforming four parking spots in a vast lot into a colorful public space with parking for 40 bicycles. Inspired by another Indian Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper project called Raaghiri Day, Seeds for Change is a collaborative effort of WRI, Nagarro Software, Udaan NGO, and NASSCOM Foundation. In addition to bringing these institutions together, the project brings cyclists together, creating a sense of public belonging in a privatized, car-heavy city. Its seating areas and sculptures allow for rest and contemplation while encouraging active transportation - with its benefits to air quality and safety - to anyone passing by. 


After cordoning off parking spots, secure bike racks can be purchased for several hundred dollars. The sculptural centerpiece of this project is a larger investment, but serves as a beacon to users of the parking lot and contributes mightily to the aesthetic. Ultimately, Seeds for Change, as the name implies, seeks to be more than a one-off project. In the words of philanthropist and CEO Manas Fuloria (as quoted in The Hindu), “it is a small seed that will definitely germinate into better and safer cities and public spaces.”

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