Chavda Heenal Ajitbhai


City In Space

The project is about the city in spaces, an attempt is to rethink the periphery and turn it to an active verge where a series of spaces is created between the street and the plot. The institutional land sits vacant to house any future expansion of the institution but meanwhile, through edges, it accommodates the informal activities that create a pause point that supports the city.
Why along institutional land?? 1)Vacant land margins along the institutional premises allow various activities to operate along its edges, i.e social and religious activities, livelihood, vending and market. (in this case, secondary activities along the vacant land edge supports the city, street flow, and junctions - not the vacant land) 2) The edges become magnets for food stalls, cloth markets, and other forms of vending to attract the student crowd from these institutes( a secondary set of supporting activities catering to the institutions ) 

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As the cities are becoming more formalized, the street-side activities and the pause points are reducing or are under rapid decline. These informalities at times become the city spaces but are neglected while developing. Major street activities are found along these vacant land as it acts as a generous spillover space while giving an active and opportune frontage of the street and temporary inhibition is also less conflicting because there is limited need of having to move again and again until something is coming upon the land. ?

The Activities along the periphery was majorly observed with respect to the activities right behind it. As seen here the major activities are lined along the institution land serving them as a secondary source.

Activities - There are multiple activities around the vacant lands with respect to space occupied near the edge as opposed to its surrounding context. The photos showing the activities and reasoning for the space usages. 

The site has different edge conditions on every side and has different activity along with it. There is also the variety of the land-use to it which defines the activities, which are, Street, Residential, Public garden, institution, entertainment/ commercial (Door Darshan Kendra). Also majorly primary street is passing across the plot, which has more public access. Where the building at its edges has its back towards vacant land.

Activity Sections

Design Strategy - As per the opportunity spaces following strategy iteration was followed for activities.

Design Section - Design Section to approach master plan

Design Plan - From the section designing the plan was approached for the design decision and spaces to approach as per the existing as well as the proposed street and plot activity and dimension.

Zoom in to Parts The attempt is to identify such replicating conditions through sections and spaces that can be addressed through a specifically developed kit of parts to respond to all institutional vacant land edge spaces for the city as Pause Points that ease connectivity and enhance the city's public life experience. Thus the idea is to create City In Spaces.