The major concerns while planning the design of South Campus revolved around creating an urban ensemble that would conserve the biodiversity of the area and cement the image of a rising, independent nation. The urban pattern of the campus was designed to be organic, merging effortlessly with the natural reserves of the ridge adjacent to the site. This enabled the campus to grow within the urban forest and vice versa, setting an example of how a city can co-exist with its forest surroundings. The built footprint of the campus was kept to a minimum, leaving maximum ground area free for landscaping and plantation. This decision also helped in creating a lot of open spaces in the campus that encourage recreational activities, sports and public life to thrive.