Manasa R


Elements of Urban Design

The studio is structured as 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 outcome. 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 urban 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 student 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 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 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

Thanni Thurai Revival: Peerkankaranai Lakefront

Design Strategies: Enhancing Accessibility and Creating Lakefront Experience

WalkWeb for Accessibility to the Lakefront

Spline Loop as a Tactile Activity Generator

From Highway to Transit Highway Street

Micro-urban Spaces in Vibrant Commercial Districts: Study of Midtown Manhattan

Micro-urban Spaces in Vibrant Commercial Districts: Study of Tripolia Bazaar Palace Block

Ephemeral Flexibility of Traditional Public Places: Study of Tirumala, Tirupati

Decoding Layers: Micro-urban Spaces in Commercial Blocks | Ephemeral Urbanism in Traditional Public Places

Transit Oriented Street encouraging Downtown Walkability: Study of Hennessy Road, Hong Kong