This project reimagines the AMC’s model for in-situ slum rehabilitation and the creation of urban commons by and for the local Patani Vaghari community, at a key junction in Asarwa, Ahmedabad.
This design proposal reflects an attempt to use architecture to tie disparate elements on site together, and use ‘the gateway’ as a metaphor to create connections with neighboring communities. It brings together the various factors required to make a safe space for all members of the community, in other words a ‘gender neutral’ space.
The importance of studying the history and evolution of a community.
The need to critically engage with the various players from within the community, neighboring communities, and other local agencies.
Understanding the role and vision of the AMC in the shaping of the built form and urban sprawl.
Understanding the objectives of in-situ slum redevelopment schemes, the roles & responsibilities of the various players, and the incentives offered to developers to take on such projects.
After the mid-semester review, I realized the need to consolidate two opposing directions of thought, ‘reimagining the model’ and a focus on un-built spaces into one design program, ‘designing the void’.
Using architecture to tie disparate elements on site together, and ‘the gateway’ as a metaphor to create connections with neighboring communities.The various factors that need to come together to make a safe space for all members of the community i.e. a ‘gender neutral’ space.Deconstructing the intervention into its constituent parts, and using the ‘types of transformation’ as a tool to design.
The need for a holistic approach to design by combining several strategies into an integrated intervention.