Prachi Patodia


HUMAN INCEPTION from cradle to grave

As we all know architecture was under the spell of a famous doctrine FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION had become modernity’s ambitious manifesto and detrimental stratejacket. Ofcourse, architecture is about function, but I would like to follow a rewriting of this phrase by Bernard Tshumi, and propose a completely different quality FORM FOLLOWS FICTION. If form follows fiction, we could think of architecture and buildings as a space of stories, stories of the people that live there, of the people who work there. And we could start to imagine the experiences our buildings create. In this sense, I was interested in fiction not as implausible but as real, as the reality of what architecture means for the people that live in it and with it. How can we arrange things in both functional and experiential way.How can we generate structures that generate a series of relationships and narratives.And how could fictive stories of the inhabitants and users of our buildings script the architecture while the architecture scripts those stories at the same time. And this is the story of this building.It is the story of the people and their activity patterns along the 4 theoretical framework points that made this 15-minute neighborhood. So I believe that Architecture exceeds the domain of the physical matter of the built environment, but is really about how we want to live our lives, how we script our own stories and that of others from cradle to grave. 

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Study of the place making theories and formulating the framework for documentation and analysis of urban life 01.Jan Gehl – Cities for people : Human dimension 02.Amos Rapoport – Human Aspects of Urban form : Towards a Man-Environment Approach to Urban Form and Design 03.Christian Norberg Schulz – Genius Loci : Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture

01.Formulating theoretical framework 02.Essay writing – Describing the phenomenon of a place we experienced 03.Current models of vertical development in residential areas have resulted in buildings with very little human life and interactions and disconnected from ground. As per the studio premise of redevelopment of the neighborhood around the central open space we explored the conceptual ideas of interactive urban edges formed by the buildings aligned on the edge of the space.

Proposed Activity Patterns Four general : Activity patterns of Women, Men, Old people, Children Four specific [according to the theoretical framework] : Morning Temple Activities, Activity patterns of vendors, Trees determining route, Morning/Evening walk

01.Programme : The 15 Minute neighborhood, a place where you can easily access all of your day-to-day needs - like food, education and outdoor space - within a 15-minute walk from your home. 02.Redeveloping Masterplan : Life - Environment -Form Ahmedabad, like most of India and more and more of the world is dominated by tower typology, a typology that creates more isolation that connectedness so the attempt was to think about living in an idea of collective.Keeping the form and movement derived from the previous exercise same, the towers were toppled by stacking horizontal over the vertical to create more public interactive spaces.

Developing the Masterplan after the proposed activity diagrams.

Developing the Masterplan


Detailing out the Central Space.

Central Space

Final Proposal