‘Bridging the matrix of the hardware and the software of the city’ as I’d like to put it, this design intervention is an attempt to reconnect the city dwellers to the river Sabarmati, in a diverse and meaningful way. The program draws from the plural nature of the street, as the quintessential Indian public space, and applies this to re-imagine the relationship between the River and the City. One of the initial exercises that also served as an inspiration/ starting point for the project was to design the cover of a local newspaper using an urban issue, in a bid to reach out to the citizens.
Playing on the thought ‘street as a place of agreement’, these ‘notional streets’ begin to make inroads to the river, by burrowing through the reclaimed land and the thick concrete barriers of the riverfront. Upon reaching the river, the path transforms into a floating pathway across the river, to the other side of the city.
The site chosen to demonstrate a part of this process is the original ‘Ravivari’ site (the Sunday market), near Ellisbridge. The ‘notional street’ retraces an ancient path to the river, originating from Raikhad Darwaja (gateway) along the old fort wall near the Sunday market site.