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Lavasa Hill Station Master Plan
Mose Valley, Pune, India

“If India is going to continue to climb up the economic ladder, expanding old cities, and creating new ones like this, is crucial.”

Washington Post

The emerging science of biomimicry is guiding the development of Lavasa, a new India hill town spread across 12,500 acres of picturesque land southeast of Mumbai.

When construction is complete sometime after 2020, the total development will include five new urban villages with populations ranging from 30,000 to 50,000 people. Millions more will visit each year.

Working closely with biologists from Biomimicry 3.8, HOK studied the living creatures and plants of the moist, deciduous ecosystem to provide guidance and models for establishing locally attuned design strategies that respond to other challenges of the local biome. In addition to the overall master plan, the team developed a landscape master plan to rejuvenate deforested areas and drive future landscape performance. Reforestation, bioswales, rainwater harvesting and environmentally sensitive construction practices are all part of the plan.

The master plan draws inspiration from traditional patterns of Indian town planning as well as vernacular forms of building. It emulates principles that are culturally based and that have proven sustainable for centuries.

The overall Lavasa development includes three self-sustaining towns: Dasve, Gadle and Dhamanohol. The 1,700-acre Dasve Valley is the Phase One development currently nearing completion.


12,500 acres / 5,060 hectares


Planning Services


American Society of Landscape Architects – Award of Honor in Analysis and Planning (Dasve Village Master Plan)

ASLA St. Louis – Award of Excellence (Dasve Village Master Plan)

ASLA St. Louis – Honor Award (Mugaon Valley)

CNU Charter Awards – Award of Excellence (Dasve Village Master Plan)


Amount of previously deforested land that will be restored through detailed landscaping, reforestation and slope greening


Reduction in carbon emissions


Reduction in potable water consumption


Reduction of waste sent to landfill



29 January 2013
“Urban Infrastructure: What Would Nature Do?”

12 August 2011
“Inspired, Naturally”
Financial Times

8 July 2010
“India’s 1st Intelligent City Takes Root Near Pune”
Rediff Business