Re-structuring a public realm: Sindhi Market

by : Bhoomi Parmar
Instructors : Miki Desai, Snehal Shah, Raman Aras, Claudia Sanchez, Vaissnavi Shukl, Pankaj Vir Gupta, Stephane Paumier
24 July 2017

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In the heart of the city, within a walkable distance from the Kalupur Railway Station lies Sindhi Market, a major hub for wholesale and retail of readymade garments and raw cloth. Named after the community occupying this place, Sindhi Market is one of the oldest markets in the old city of Ahmedabad. The site is located between Panchkuva darwaza & Kalupur darwaza in a highly commercial area of Revdi Bazar on the edge of the walled city, and has strong public presence.

In her final undergraduate studio project, Bhoomi attempts to identify the issues and re-organize this complex urban public place.

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IN ITS PRESENT STATE the market is very disorganized, where shops are arranged next to each other with shared common walls on both sides and they open on the street. Circulation of goods is a major issue as they are transferred manually from the unloading area (on the rear side of the market) to the respective shops, wherein again due to lack of storage space, goods lie outside the shop on the plinth and hinder pedestrian and vehicular movement. At present chaiwalas, panwalas and fruit and vegetable vendors contribute to the activity dynamics on the edge of the market.

ARCHITECTURAL INTENTIONS:

  •  Consolidating the market since it is scattered, and creating a changing atmosphere through its entirety.
  •  Re-organizing the circulation as due to lack of maintenance, unmanaged crowd and lack of space it is not an easy place for customers to traverse and do their purchasing anymore.
  • To work with the idea of multiple grounds and converting the existing market into a dynamic space which would create a sense of community by merging people and space through the formal and informal activities that happen at the different platforms.