Divyanshu Prakash


Transit Oriented Pedestrian District, Paldi

The studio focuses on the design aspects of urban transformations within the existing urban areas. As Indian cities are growing rapidly in terms of population and therefore expanding physically. Increasing urban population and the growing urban incomes will fuel demand for more and more built­floor space in cities accompanied by a demand for infrastructure. Urban areas within these cities are dealing with unstainable levels of stress on infrastructure, resources, and public services and are becoming unliveable. To address these concerns, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoUHA) has initiated various schemes such as AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation), SMART CITIES MISSION, and HRIDAY (Heritage City Development and Augmentation). These schemes enable planning for developing infrastructure in the brownfield areas through mechanisms such as Local Area Plans (LAP) and Town Planning schemes (TPS). Students will work on the projects emerging out of these initiatives defined by studio tutors. The projects will have a strong design focus on the physical setting, however, issues of private ownership and social equity, land economics, planning models, project finance, and implementation strategies will also be addressed.

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Paldi LAP Framework


GOAL & Project Identification


Project 1: Urban Catalyst

Metro Corridor Urban Design Proposal

Character view of Metro Corridor after Transformation

Project 2: Urban Voids

Character view of Shaded Space under Sheryas Flyover

Overall Proposed Transformation