Author: Asmita Patnaik Site Location: Lower Parel Station, Mumbai Institute: Kamla Raheja Vidhyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai
This thesis, set in Mumbai, is an exploration of experience to a spatial setting, where the urban environment is understood as an experience which has an emotional stimulus to understand what is necessary to facilitate urban happiness and wellbeing within the work-live paradigm in the socially incoherent city life. The analysis led to the relevance of ‘Pause to Interact’ in the daily work-live paradigm that constricts all of us.
The research concludes at the study of developing Lower Parel station precinct as a transit oriented nexus which could improve the eudemonic well-being of the precinct, and trigger a positive balance to the city at large.
Author: Tharagini V Site Location: Koundampalayam, Coimbatore Institute: Karpagaram University, Coimbatore
This project focuses on developing a pedestrian oriented environment and encourages the formation of informal communities. These will be achieved by following the principles of healthy place making and providing a sense of visual connection.
Author: Shubham Ombhase Site Location: Along the old Pune-Mumbai highway in Pimpri Institute: Sir JJ School of Architecture, Mumbai
The project showcases the designing of a bus terminal in the city of Pimpri-Chinchwad where development is boosting rapidly. The need of the project is to connect the city with all advanced transport systems such as BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit System), metro, etc. via a multi-modal hub to make it easier for the public to shift between different modes of transport in order to save time and natural resources. There is a metro station adjacent to the site and central railway local station at 100-200m away which helps passengers to travel within the city and beyond. The current situation of the bus terminal is too poor there is a need to re-design considering the current scenario of the surroundings.
Author: Mandira Pai Maroor Site Location: Car Street, Mangalore, Karnataka Institute: Manipal School of Architecture, Manipale
The Chiguru Project is an urban regeneration project that focuses on the economic & cultural growth of the community through the revival of built heritage characters of Car Street. It intends to not only revive the economic well being of the area but also re-establish vanishing bonds between culture and community. It uses a ‘heritage-led-design’ approach to reimagine traditional structures into innovative cultural spaces that will increase the outreach of the community and the heritage of the site.
Author: Siddharth Hastimal Bapna Site Location: Akruti Rising City, Ghatkopar, Mumbai Institute: Lokmanya Tilak Institute of Architecture and Design Studies, Navi Mumbai
This project consists of a proposal that is majorly temporary and partly permanent development, designed with the principle of ‘Design of Disassembly’ where modular construction can allow for easy disassembly through minimal amount of construction work and minimal impact after its intended use on the temporary rented site. An ephemeral intervention – a permanent building will continue to exist on the community purchased site after the four-month assembly.
Author: Rahul Kustagi Site Location: Minerva Mills, Bangalore Institute: Wadiyar Centre for Architecture, Mysore
The permanence of change. In the 20th century due to rapid urbanisation, there are very few public spaces for the people in the city to slow down from their fast-paced urban lives.
The evolution of the cities lead to loss in relevance of the industries that initiated the city’s growth in the first place. These urban lands lie vacant due to lack of vision, and get labelled as urban voids. The voids have a distinctive landscape that have capabilities to absorb large public activities. The need of the hour is to create accessible public spaces and these voids can be the catalyst of change.
Climate change and pollution are global problems and cities contribute considerably, and the process of building is inevitable. The question becomes, rather do we need to rebuild from scratch every time we build? Or make sustainable what already exists? Why demolish when the built could be reintegrated into the fabric of relevance by re-examining the overlaps and divergences between, “necessity”, “program” and “function” of the already built? The ability to adapt to evolving programs, uses and culture is a great strength of a building. One can’t predict the future, but there is a possibility to design for change.
Author: Radhika Sharma Site Location: Jeoni Mandi, Agra, Uttar Pradesh Institute: Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
The project approached the site with the intention of celebrating the people and other significant moments past in the city, such as the heritage industries, concept and culture of bazaars, significance of the Yamuna and the colonial heritage of the city. The design would create an opportunity to promote the local crafts communities by developing the site into an urban anchor to scatter tourism across the city.
Author: Manish Shravane Site Location: Thane, Maharashtra Institute: School of Environment and Architecture, Mumbai
This project explores potential methodology for urban interventions in an informal settlement in Thane city. It proposes a number of innovative strategies for regenerating the existing socio-cultural practices through a catalogue of urban tools that support artistic practices, solve the lack of cultural infrastructure and preserves the traditional life that creates intensity of living through participatory construction methods.