Shivam Adhikary


Revitalization of Gariahat Market, Kolkata

The studio is structured as an introduction to urban design representation and how it is used as a means of design thinking. The premise is that urban design is best understood and expressed through study and representation of the built urban environment. Hence the studio will focus on the study and representation of the key urban elements in cities and will be structured in multiple modules running through the semester, each culminating with an exhibition of the out - come. These modules will significantly focus on effectively capturing and communicating the spatial qualities of the urban built environment. 
Module 1 will involve perceiving and representation of the key elements of ur - ban design. The premise is that building types, urban blocks, streets, and public open spaces form the key elements that come together to make any functional urban space. The exercises in this module will enable students with methods to study each element and how they contribute to the scale, form, character, and their relationship with the larger urban context. 
Module 2 will be the final exercise which will involve the design of public places The learning outcome of the studio are: to prepare design drawings to graphically communicate the key spatial characteristics of an existing urban built environment with a focus on its elements and prepare a design for a given urban area in the form of a framework plan, design analysis, and 3-dimentional illustration to represent the design.

Report Content

Elements of Urban Design - Building types - Red represents the publicness of spaces attached / used as part of the built.

Elements of Urban Design - Open Spaces - Tactile urbanism as a placemaking strategy to manage circulation and pauses outside a busy railway station in Bahnofplatz, Aachen, Germany.

Elements of Urban Design - Streets - Covered shopping alleys in Ebishu Basi Suji shopping street.

Elements of Urban Design - Urban Blocks - Organic and porous pedestrianised Blocks near Riverfront in Bankside, London

Public Place Design - mapping study of informal hawkers along Gariahat Market to understand the diversity mix, typological zoning and spatial requirements for each typology.

Public Place Design - Issues and Concerns

Public Place Design - A Cross section across the Market Road highlighting the 1. Active corners, 2. Permeable market and 3. Eat Streets as key placemaking strategies used along various identified locations in the market.

Public Place Design - Section across the market showing the role of modular stalls which are used to replace the shabby makeshift stalls for defining walkability and encroachment limits.

Public Place Design - Proposed market stalls enhances visual porosity across the market, climatic comfort, imageability and adaptability to various edge type.

Public Place Design - Imageability, Wayfinding and Afterthought....

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