Faculty: Jagrut Patel | Dhaval Gajjar

Vertical Living

The studio explored the typology of high-rise buildings as a premise of mainstream housing development for the future. The design approach had to intervene to generate livability in vertical urban blocks. With growing development coupled with shortage of land, developer driven housing purely delivers isolated apartment towers having stacked floors in every part of the city, excessively consuming our urban experience and spaces.

By analyzing the existing, students observed manners in which conventional high-rise blocks have very little to do with how different profiles of people living together, apart from their existence in their isolated apartments. The focus was to work towards design solutions that can be part of mainstream high-rise developments to create living spaces that boost physical and mental wellbeing and allow integration without sacrificing privacy. It was also to address the need of vertical community living environment that caters to changing social, economic, technological and environmental dynamics and shifts.

Throughout the studio unit, the dimensions of professional practice were implied as a methodology to conduct the individual work while applying the aspects real world design practice in terms of decision making, collaboration, deliverable and communications.