Faculty: Errol Reubens | Ratna Shah

TA: Mayuri Gohil

Threshold City: Towards a New Language

To combat universal looking cities (Supermodernism), a new architectural language needs to be developed, that differentiates. History and context help. Hence, the threshold of the old and new assists in defining this response, that characterises the city. Should tradition be imitated (New-Urbanism) ; should we critically learn from the past, creating a prosthetic with the present (Critical-regionalism) ; should we mutate all our learning to a mixed identity kedgeree approach (Hetero-architecture) to transform our cities? We tested these theories to arrive at an urban form and language, defining the threshold city, transforming from the old to the new. The building typology developed from urban studies to catalyse city transformation. Students were required to take a critical stand and generate the responding architecture and related rulesets. This was done in order to find ways to create ‘places’ on the edge of the new and the old.

Studio Unit

Studio process timeline. Exercises that led to understanding, analysing, questioning the dynamics of the site context and build project premise based on theoretical parallels.

Slow Motive: Multi-layered impressions and narrations of the city of Ahmedabad expressed through visual montage.

Tissue of Issue: Context and Morphological Studies of the select sites given in Ahmedabad.

Manifestations of Matter: Visual manifesto created based on Site, Programmatic and theoretical premises.

Shaping the Speculated: Final design manifestations and urban intervention appropriations.