Habitation Beyond Shelter

by Arul Paul
Instructor: Sachin Soni
7 March 2018

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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. 

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Following are highlights of the various stages of the design process and learning:
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Mapping:

The importance of studying the history and evolution of a community.

Issues & Concerns:

The need to critically engage with the various players from within the community, neighboring communities, and other local agencies.

Rationale & Substantiation:

Understanding the role and vision of the AMC in the shaping of the built form and urban sprawl.

Understanding Policy:

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.

 

 

The Program:

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’.

The Design Intervention:

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.

Design Strategies:

The need for a holistic approach to design by combining several strategies into an integrated intervention.

 

 

 

 

 

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