Rise of the Cooperative
Episode III of Oikopolis
While cooperative housing societies in India may not have continued in spirit, they have continued to exist in form. This has made it possible for existing residents to participate in the re-development of their housing societies. In this studio, we wish to explore possibilities of what cooperative housing societies 'could be' if the space for innovation created by this 'participation' were explored. We wish to pursue this possibility given the contingencies that developers and architects face.
BUILDING STORIES :
MEMORIES OF THE SELF AND THE COLLECTIVE
“Memories establish a connection between our individual past and our collective past (our origins, heritage, and history).”
— Vijay Agnew,
Diaspora, Memory, and Identity: A Search for Home, 2005
28 JULY 2020
TIME PROBLEM 1
Naroda patiya is infamous for the 2002 Gujarat riots. The site is well connected to the city through the BRTS, is close to the airport, civil hospital and the SP ring road. Most of the eastern part of Ahmedabad has developed as a low-income housing coupled with industries. Though most of the large industries have shifted out of the city, many small scale industries continue to operate in the Eastern part of the city.
Slums surround the site along with newer 1 and 2 BHK developments.
17 AUGUST 2020
TIME PROBLEM 2
This is the first foray of MP developers. They are converting their bungalows into an ‘apartment scheme’. They hope to retain 2 houses and sell the rest. They are interested in creating a name for themselves whilst simultaneously generating income to partially fund their next project.
24 SEPTEMBER 2020
TIME PROBLEM 5
The eight blocks of dada saheb na pagla society are going in for redevelopment owing to their proximity to the metro line [4 FSI]. The existing apartments are walk up apartments and the site is flanked by the dada saheb na pagla which is an important Jain temple of the locality. A developer approaches you to suggest a scheme. The developer intends to select an architect based on your presentation. Site dimensions are 70X40 meters. The abutting road is 12 meters wide. submission requirements as per previous time problems.
31 AUGUST 2020
TIME PROBLEM 3
The site is situated within the ‘green ring’ designated by AMC in the second half of the 20th century. Unfortunately this ring is slowly disappearing under market pressure. The paradox of the site is that some amount of commercial is deemed necessary because of high land value; yet commercial space in adjoining buildings is not selling because of the surroundings. Towards the north of the site are 1bhk government social housing built in the 1980s and towards the south are middle income housing and the
10 OCTOBER 2020
TIME PROBLEM 6
12 Blocks, 72 houses of the 45 year-old Pragati apartments are going for redevelopment. The applicable FSI is 1.8 + 0.9. Consider the plot dimensions as 65 m x 90 m.