Sarabjeet Kaur Sodhi


Assimilating Urban Identities

This studio will focus on the design aspects of urban transformations within the existing urban areas. The underlying context is that Indian cities are growing rapidly in terms of population and therefore expanding physically. Increasing urban population and the growing urban incomes will fuel demand for more and more built-floor space in cities accompanied by a demand for infrastructure. Many urban areas within these cities are dealing with unstainable levels of stress on infrastructure, resources and public services and are becoming increasingly unlivable. As an attempt to address these concerns, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoUHA) has initiated various schemes such as AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation), SMART CITIES MISSION and HRIDAY (Heritage City Development and Augmentation). These schemes enable planning for developing infrastructure in the brownfield areas through mechanisms such as Local Area Plans (LAP) and Town Planning schemes (TPS). These typically include those parts of the city that area already developed but are not able to sustain the pressure of existing infrastructure Students will work on the projects that are emerging out of these initiatives defined by their studio tutors. Through their design projects, students will explore the methods of integration of the physical design with the regulatory frameworks (TPS, LAP) in creating livable, functional, memorable, safe and sustainable urban areas. The projects will have a strong design focus on the physical setting, however issues of private ownership and social equity, land economics, planning models, project finance, and implementation strategies will also be addressed.  

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Site Introduction and character of Gulbai-Tekra Ellisbridge LAP boundary

Transformation Vision and framework for Local area plan of Gulbai Tekra-Ellisbridge

Boundary delineation for Ellisbridge's detailed transformation

Transformation vision and Program for delineated precinct

Project 01- Reimaging the Social Connector- Isometric view of Netaji Road and pedestrianized street

Project 01- Reimaging the Social Connector-Design response to various private and public attributes

Project 01- Reimaging the Social Connector-Transformation of street as an urban interactive space

Project 02- Mooring the OLD and NEW- Intersection as an anchor point

Project 02- Mooring the OLD and NEW- Integrating heritage as an urban identity during transformation

Conclusion- Assimilating urban heritage and identities during transit oriented development of a city core