‘Made for India, but not entirely made in India’

Team- Saurin patel, Angad Ankala and Dhriti Kimothi

The study and research done to acquire information on where is our currency printed. One would assume a country to be responsible for its currency and the stages of its making.
In the case of India it imports is material from countries like Germany, Britain, Italy and Switzerland. The oldest presses that prints the currency for India are situated in Britain and Germany.

Network Mapping of sellers at Pakwaan Cross Roads, S.G Highway- Himani Vinodrai, Shahneeza Narsidani

The small kids running around at traffic signals of Ahmedabad enthusiastically all day, is a driving experience no one could over see. We tried to analyze their movement pattern and network chain to and from them. We spent two days running behind them and going up their supply chain to get to the bone of it. When we reached the end we realized it’s much more than what we assumed it to be.

Most of these people are migrants from relatively impoverished states such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh etc. They travel to Gujarat a few months each year to sell their goods and make money. According to them, Gujarat is a good place for such business and especially Ahmedabad is due to wealthy residence and lenient traffic rules and police. Most of them reside in a vicinity of about 200-300 meters from the traffic signals and move among two three of them through the day.

Most of these goods are bought at wholesale rates from two main suppliers in the old city near Teen Darwaja. Namely, Soni Brothers and Kadriyah Stores on a daily basis. They set the price usually about 200 percent more than what they are expecting out of a single unit. These stores in turn get their stock from other megacities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore etc. The stock is supplied to these cities via a strong road network from all the ports who receive their share from mainland China. While a lot of profit is added along the way, the end sellers, these kids at signals make the most money. Some goods are directly purchased from Delhi and Bangalore by these clans. And they make repeated trips to these cities everything the stock is low.

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KALUPUR TOWER MAPPING

Team: Rutvij Savaliya, Zahra Lohandwala, Parth Champaneri, Himani Vinodrai, Smit Anand, Anish Patel

 

The following map shows the development and defining of territories around the Kalupur Tower area. The observation was carried out mostly in terms of the plinth of shops since it seemed to reveal a lot of the economic status of the shop owners, the type of goods they sold, the use of the plinths, etc.

The map shows alongwith the open times of each shop under three broad categories and the proportion of vehicles v/s humans.

kalupur7We concluded that the nature of activity (Cooking, only selling, interacting), the amount of time people spent at the shop, the types of goods they sold, etc governed the types of plinths they had, both, physical and virtual. While the ones on the main roads had a strict defined plinth, the ones in the butcher lanes were more defined the spread of goods and seating arrangement of the shop owners.

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A series of maps are generated to show the human density of people around the “Kalupur Tower” area. These maps and the charts helps to understand the percentage of Men, Women and Children that are seen during different time periods i.e. Morning, Afternoon and Evening.

According to the observation made based on these maps we can see that the percentage of women and children changes drastically during the day. The maximum number of women come out during Morning and Afternoon time to buy basic amenities. Women are seen less after Namaz as they prefer to gather in “Pol” lanes around their houses which act as an enclosed space. Also children are seen more during Morning and Afternoon time because there are many schools surrounding the Kalupur tower area. While in case of Men, there is a constant growth in their density. Men dominate the area around the tower during evening.

So considering the factors mentioned above we can say that there is a vast difference in density of people during different time periods of a day.

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The above maps show the smell map of the region.

Dawn experiences pungent smell of meat. The odour prevails throughout the afternoon layered with many other kinds of smell. Evening washes out the stench of the raw meat and replaces it with the fragrance of its cooked counterpart.

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kalupur17Maps seen above represent Density and Movement of Vehicles around Kalupur Tower at varying time periods ie: Morning, Afternoon and Evening.

We are able to conclude that Evening Time has the maximum congestion due to the bustle caused by many Social and Commercial activities. Hence, Leading to the narrowing of the Roads.kalupur18kalupur15

In order to find out first hand what the residents and shop owners near Kalupur tower feel, we boiled down a few questions and asked them to put a different colored bindi on a map for each question. We could conclude a few very strong feeling just on visual basis after the survey.

Mapping chowk of Swaminarayan Temple, Kalupur

Team: Avisha Shah, Dhriti Kimothi, Khushbu Sanghani, Puja S., Tanvi Duggad, Vatsal Patel

Swaminarayan Temple, Ahmedabad is the first temple of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. It is located in Kalupur area of Ahmedabad. The temple resembles a fairy-tale with all its colours and opulent carvings that profusely embellish every wooden bracket, column and arch. The temple attracts a million people from neighbourhood and also the outsides of nation. Heritage Walk of Ahmedabad city, started on 19 November 1997 by the local municipal corporation in association with the Foundation for Conservation and Research of Urban Traditional Architecture (CRUTA) starts from this temple and ends at the Jama Masjid, after touring 18 sites.

Activity Mapping: The maps below show the varying activities at different times.

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Networks of visitors:  Map shows the network of visitors coming to the temple. The blue line shows the local people coming to the temple and the thickness of the line shows the density of people. Green is for Gujarat, Purple is for India and red is for foreign visitors.network 1.jpg

Typology:  Old buildings and new buildings which are depicted by 2 different colors. Second map represents the building materials used in that area.

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Architectural Elements : Every place has its own feel or uniqueness that makes it different from any other places in the world. This map highlights the unique elements.

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Movement: These maps show the pedestrian and vehicular movement at three different times (morning, noon, evening). Maps on the right indicate the pause points of people. The size of circle indicates the percentage of people and vehicle at that place. Bigger circle represent the more amount of people or vehicle in these map.

Movement_Swaminarayan temple.jpgSmell: This map shows fusion of smells in this area. When we approached the temple, we first experienced smell of different food items and as we moved ahead we came across smell of fresh vegetables, flowers, tea and garbage as well. Hence these layers of smell itself tells us about street surroundings.

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Animal movement & people gathering spots: Series of map shows movement of animals and birds, garbage and people gathering spots. From this we can relate relationship of animals and people. Red line are for dogs they have the maximum movement in area during morning and evening similar to people. Dogs are friendly to people. Most of these lines pass through the garbage and vegetable spots and also cow’s movement was seen nearby by vegetable vendors in morning.

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Physical Model depicting as a group we perceive the space 

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Ce N’est Pas Le Monde (This is not the World) by Denis Wood and John Krygier – Pooja Mevada

In this book the authors are talking about definitions of map and how a single map could be represented in different ways without influencing the core information, though there are different interpretation about what maps are.

The comic is produced to advance the argument that maps can be understood semiotically as collections of propositions of the form “This is there.” The answer to the question, on the next page, is obvious—”They’re maps!” it says maps are not representation but proposition.

Mapping Delhi Darwaza Square, Ahmedabad

Team: Divyarajsinh Rana, Neel Mewada, Punit Panchal, Priyanshi Shah, Vishwa Undaviya, Angad Ankala

Mapping Markets: Delhi Darwaza is a unique example of space where diverse streets meet. Each street has its own identity which holds a particular market. The diverse nature is characterized by what is sold which is spice, vegetables, clothes, plastic and disposable item’s, seasonal goods, jewelry etc.

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Mapping communities:  Maps indicate the communities that reside around Delhi Darwaza junction. First map shows the Hindus & Muslim communities and while the second map indicate the subdivisions within the Hindu community.

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Mapping curiosity: One might have a curiosity or concern when they see a stranger trying to collect information about their place. This map is all the voices we encountered during survey, while some are voices of curiosity and some are questions of concern.

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Mapping smell: As the different streets are playing a different role in terms of market area, smell of one streets differs from another. Mapping of these varieties of smell differing from market to market was actually very interesting to map it down. Through this map one can actually guess what type of market resides where in the junction of Delhi Darwaza.

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Mapping people movement: This map shows the movement of people and how it differs from market to market. The cloth market has more complex movement while vegetable and spice market have linear movement. Also the arrangement and vehicles changes the movement of the people. Here we have tried to compare the movement of female as well as male and according to the study we conclude that men are actually quick buyers and they don’t walk around much to buy a particular item, while in case of women its sometimes different.

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Mapping people and vehicles: The density of people changes according to the timing of the market. People are more in number in evening as compared to morning. Also because of it the vehicular movement gets disturbed and traffic is noted in evening.

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Mapping vehicular movement: At Delhi Darwaza is one of the main junctions of markets the vehicular movement throughout the day is normally high. This map shows the movement of 3 different types of vehicles at 3 different times of the day and its clearly seen that due to high traffic zone people prefer 2 or 3 wheeler to come to this area so movements of 2 and 3 wheelers are high throughout the day.

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Mapping sounds: These is a sound mapping done along the main roads of Delhi Darwaza. It is seen that the main streets are having high frequency of sounds as the number of vehicles using that main road are much higher than other secondary roads of the junction.

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Mapping the identification of the area and time: In this map shops are represented in terms of banner it holds and a clock shows average timing of opening of shops in that particular market.

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