Faculty: Jagrut Patel | Dhaval Gajjar

TA: Khoosh Prajapati

Vertical Living

The studio explores the typology of high-rise buildings as a premise of mainstream housing development for future. The design approach shall intervene to generate livability in vertical 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 observe 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 is to work towards design solutions that can be part of mainstream high-rise developments to create living spaces that boost physical and mental well being, and allow integration without sacrificing privacy. It is 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 is implied as a methodology to conduct the individual work while applying the aspects real world design practice in terms of decision making, collaboration, deliverable & communications.

Studio Unit

Understanding the larger system at work and the process of negotiations between various forces, design parameters, and stack holders was defined through group discussions. The same was applied to critique and evaluate the case studies individually.

Local case studies of various typologies were used to understand the role of building norms and policies, the constraint, and opportunities they bring. As part of one of the design problems, students were asked to redesign the project formulating their concerns and intent.

Inferences were brought looking at the evolution of Home and the context. The possible shifts that would possibly inform the design process were deliberated.

The final design project was a housing redevelopment in Ahmedabad. Program and design strategies were formulated by students individually based on their design intent and reading of the future context.

Design explorations & negotiation amongst adjoining projects result in the overall environment. The individual final design was reflected upon using the matrix of design parameters formulated.