A New Hope

Episode IV of Oikopolis

Academia struggles with mainstream urban housing studios; either they end up being utopian and whimsical or abjectly surrender to economic and regulatory pressures. This studio situates itself between these two extremes and hopes to nudge mainstream housing design into creating meaningful spaces. The studio is structured in two parts- the first eleven weeks consist of a series of learning activities that prepare the student for the housing design project that last for five weeks. The first part consists of two sub-parts- a periodic litmus test in the form of 1 day design time problems where each time the students are expected to design an entire housing scheme on a new plot within 24 hours. This is done to encourage decisive thinking and action. The second sub part is intended to raise multiple debates regarding the state of urban housing in India today. This is done through a housing seminar in the 9th week where each student presents a paper on a topic of her choosing. Several book readings, and exercises drawing on the life of the everyday help in formulating this seminar topic. The Final Design Project is an opportunity to demonstrate the learnings of the entire semester in a comprehensive manner

1 AUGUST 2022

TIME PROBLEM 1 

A Property developer from Anand is interested to buy a plot of land in Bopal, Ahmedabad to build a housing scheme consisting of 2 and 3 BHKs. Before buying the land, he wants to check how many units can be accommodated in the given FSI to calculate his finances.

 

He comes to you in the morning with just the plot boundary and asks you to draft a layout before he leaves for Anand the next day.

30 SEPTEMBER 2022

TIME PROBLEM 4 

The promoters of Skywalk Luxuria [GUJRERA Reg. No. : PR/GJ/AHMEDABAD/ AHMEDABAD CITY/AUDA/MAA09782/050222] are not happy with the designs provided by the architect and have come to you for a second opinion. Redesign the project.

25 AUGUST 2020

TIME PROBLEM 2 

The developer has got a new piece of land in Gota, Ahmedabad and is planning to build a new residential scheme. Opposite to the site there is a big public garden and on the sides are existing 4-10 storey residential structures.  

10 OCTOBER 2022

TIME PROBLEM 5 

The developer has got a new piece of land in Thaltej, Ahmedabad and is planning to build a new residential scheme.   

10 SEPTEMBER 2022

TIME PROBLEM 3 

The developer has got a new piece of land near Science city, Ahmedabad and is planning to build a new residential scheme. The land falls under Transit oriented zone. Next to the site there is a big public garden with a water body.   

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SELECTED BOOK READING & DISCUSSIONS

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FINAL PROJECT

The site is located on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, close to Nirma University. It also has SGVP International school and Dr. Bhabasaheb open University in close proximity. A railway line passes from the west side of the plot. 
The entire site is divided into plots of 1 hectare each and each student has one of these plots. 
This is a developing residential neighborhood with 4-5 major upcoming housing schemes.