Semester of Graduation

Spring 2019


Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Robert Reich School Of Landscape Architecture

Document Type



India is a place where people have walked miles since ancient times for basic day-to-day needs like water, food, education, shopping, entertainment, tourism, and shelter. However, the rapid growth in population and urbanization is changing the way people live and commute. The urban sprawl is pushing people to the outskirts of the city core because of which personal automobiles is becoming the main source of transportation. This is leading to congestion on roads for most times of the day. The objective of this thesis is to explore and examine how to improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities in a prominent commercial and retail center in New Delhi, India and to identify design strategies to alleviate the problems of air pollution and traffic congestion. Due to rapid urbanization and globalization, the number of motorized vehicles between 2008 and 2018 has increased by 17% in New Delhi (According to Delhi Traffic Police). The population rise within the same time has been 55% as per the census of India. Government organizations have identified polluting emissions from vehicles as a dominant source of high air pollution levels in Delhi. There is an urgent need to plan for non-motorized transport (NMT) as pedestrian facilities and green infrastructure can help to enhance the environment of the capital city. The concern is less about the willingness of people to use NMT and more about the absence of proper facilities. Connaught Place in New Delhi is a good example because increase in automobile traffic has adversely impacted the physical environment around the area. It is a major business and economic hub of great historical importance for the city. This thesis aims to propose a planned layout to accommodate the users and make the busy circle pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

Committee Chair

Sharky, Bruce G.