9,039.25-67.0
Stock Analysis, IPO, Mutual Funds, Bonds & More

Ahmedabad: Design intervention to add heritage value

Hundreds visit famed Manek Chowk daily - some to shop for the jewellery, some to get the rare wedding ritual-related goods, mukhvas or simply to hog on the delicacies offered by the night food street. But how many notice the Baba Manek Nath temple - embedded in history of the city?

, TNN|
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2020, 04.10 PM IST
0Comments
(This story originally appeared in on Feb 19, 2020)
Ahmedabad: Hundreds visit famed Manek Chowk daily - some to shop for the jewellery, some to get the rare wedding ritual-related goods, mukhvas or simply to hog on the delicacies offered by the night food street. But how many notice the Baba Manek Nath temple - embedded in history of the city? Or the majestic colonial architecture of old stock market opposite Muhurt ni Pol, considered to be the first pol (planned community living spaces)? How many could enjoy the grandeur of Bashah no Hajiro and Rani no Hajiro in the vicinity while shopping for the imitation jewellery and trinkets?

It set off the tutors Mansi Shah, Kruti Shah and Vaishal Patel to lead a studio in monsoon semester at Cept University themed ‘Occupied: Graphic Anatomy of Everyday Urban’ where students explored six spaces in historic Ahmedabad city and suggested design interventions. The studio was among the five that were included in CEPT Excellence Award Exhibition 2020 that concluded recently.

“We did not get into conventional legal/illegal debate and also refrained from using word ‘encroachment.’ Motive of the exercise was to give sensitive solutions to the usages of these spaces with better seating spaces, removal of parking and dignified spaces for living and working,” said Mansi Shah, an architect and tutor for the course. “The outcome aims at restoring heritage value while ensuring that the city gets a good public space.”

For example, the integrated planning for Manek Chowk and Muhurt ni Pol suggested a performance area where a building currently obstructs the view of old stock market. It also suggested guided pathways and earmarked spaces for seating so that the visitors don’t feel the square as crowded.

Also Read

Covid hospitals in Ahmedabad grapple with major problems

Ahmedabad Civil Hospital doctors complain of lack of professionalism

Sudden and total lockdown in Ahmedabad raises questions

Coronavirus: Shops to remain closed in Ahmedabad for one week

Desperate migrants come out on streets in Ahmedabad and Surat

Comments
Add Your Comments
Commenting feature is disabled in your country/region.

Other useful Links


Copyright © 2020 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service