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.


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.

kalupur3kalupur4kalupur5kalupur2kalupur9kalupur12kalupur10following map shows the sound mapping of that area, in which we have recorded different sounds from a particular place and generated figures from the audio clip, in order to understand different activities happening in that particular area.kalupur11kalupur13kalupur14

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




Physical Model depicting as a group we perceive the space 


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Mapping Manek Chowk – Transformation Through The Day

Team-  Kalgi Kapasi, Nemi shah, Vaishvi Likhar, Saurin Patel,  Suhas Chaudhari, Poojan Shah.

Manek Chowk is an urban public space located in the historic walled city of Ahmedabad, India. This square was planned on the principles of traditional city principals but it still strengthens a Vibrant Community Space. The Vision report document complies a key finding of the observation of this square. It is based on the preliminary mapping and survey of the area. The public space served as a vibrant marketplace and the main commercial center for the city attracting people and entrepreneurs from the local community and the city for several centuries. Vehicles dominating the pedestrian movement, increase in noise and air pollution lacks the safety for pedestrians and the non-motorized users. From cattle grazing activities in the early morning, heavy commercial and business activities through the day, to a vibrant street food market that is active late into the night, the area is active for 20 hours a day. Unorganized vending activities, shop extensions on footpaths and street reduces pedestrian movement which has led to congestion and space reduction for movement.

The activities in a public space change several times a day to serve to specify needs and give way for effective usage of the place. The square is dynamic and constantly changing for an effective use as an urban public space.

Early Morning Activities, Manek Chowk




Activities of the Main Square, Early Morning
Noon Time Activities, Manek Chowk




Activities of the Main Square, Noon Time

Vehicles dominate the public space and the pedestrians are given the least importance., noise and air pollution are at their peak, parking occupies the space movement for people, unorganized gatherings add to the levels of chaos in the area.

Night Time Activities, Manek Chowk




Activities of the Main Square, Night Time

The Food market at night, the main attraction of the locals and the tourists guides the night time. The chaos of sellers, the customers, and the vehicles make the place alive. The following video gives a glimpse of the area which gives a better understanding of the place.

The graph reflects the mapping of the major activities of the square :

Cattle Grazing: The number of cattle and the species observed at a particular time interval and its counting across the period (morning).

Parking Transition: The density of parking throughout the day and its variation with time is represented. Like the peak traffic hours affecting the parking layout.

Food Mapping: The type of major food items available in the market and the gross sell over a day. The number of plates for a particular item is represented in comparison with other items.

The ideology of people and their thoughts about what is the area, how is it or what they think about the area has been documented as the ‘Perception of People’. The experience of the area that has served lots of people in business and the working of the place gives a soothing feeling for the documentation.


Sound Mapping
Perception of shopkeepers in Manek Chowk

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Mapping Thaltej Vegetable Market

Team: Jhanvi Thakar, Drashta Gyayak, Krishna Varia, Vaishakhi Gajjar, Manaswi Shah

A place that doesn’t wait for time: Thaltej Vegetable Market

Context and Market


Mapping Activity through the day


What about evening? What are the black dots? Where is the legend? 

Mapping of movement of people


legend too big and and indicate what is map is saying 

Mapping of movement of people at different time of the day:  Through the study at vegetable market, the movement of people, the pattern which they follow while moving around the corner and the places/ spaces which they visit most can be seen. While following few of the costumers, the choices of the crowd, the pattern due to obstructions, and also the path they take due to animal interference has been observed.morning-peoplenoon-peopleevening-people-movment

Animal movement map: Animals living nearby roam in the market for food, a perfect blend of man with animals can be seen here. Cows, goats, dogs, and buffalo usually wander around the lake and in morning near the stalls as to eat the waste thrown by the vendors. The pattern of movement of any animal normally involves the places where vegetable waste is found which ends up till the lake.


Mapping Smell: Map different types of smell, location and direction.



Mapping sounds at different time:  Mapping the frequency of vendors while they are selling their products. Thus while studying we found the places where noises were prominent; where the places where usually customers prefer going.


Mapping  Waste:


Networking: The places for material procuring and the places where vendors stay. The income rate of the vendors (avg.), for each product they sell, and the graph of time shows the amount of time they spend at vegetable market and time used for purchasing and transporting of material. of vendors.


top: Not clear. Too small a map, esp the bottom part

Movement of People and Vendors- The line type, and the distance between those lines represents density of people at Thaltej, Horizontal lines shows the temporary spaces where vendors set-up their business. Vertical lines crossing the horizontal ones are the places where people cross the barricades, the places where customers usually take a short cut, by crossing the plinth. Movement of vendors was also an interesting part of the study and hence green lines are a means to show the density of vendors who normally like to move from one place to other, or just for a short break they usually gather at the tea stall at the back of the market.


Memories- Relation of a person to the place can only be defined by the kind of memories he/ she have gathered while being there. As a viewer, and a part of that space, the glimpse of waste, tea/ Gathiya stalls, cows, dogs, goats, people, cycles, auto rickshaw , etc are the first thing that we first think of . Apart from the vegetable vendors, the things that attract people most where the stall selling, gathiya, fafda, etc. and so the many people gather there in evening. We can see many contrast thing happening side by side and also during the day time. The sign boards like save tree(resembling the skyline at he back) , pigeons for their food in the morning at parking lot, herd of buffalos near the temple for water, vehicular moment at different time, the crowd in morning and evening with someone calling out to buy vegetables and some other for fruits, the dalwada and pani-puri centres,etc. were the most memorable thing at the Thaltej vegetable market.


Mapping Municipal Market, Ahmedabad

Team: Pooja Nagaraj, Saloni Shah, Rinal Mistry, Zalak Patel, Pooja Mewada, Chitra Ahuja

Located adjoining one of the busiest streets of the city, the municipal market hosts a lot of visitors every day. People belonging to different age groups are seen hanging around in the square, most likely around the food stalls. The central courtyard, used for parking vehicles, is surrounded by a series of shops on the North, East and South. There are smaller food junctions towards the entrance, in the West, where the crowd is mainly seen. The market opens at 10 in the morning, but the crowd is seen only after 11 am. Students visit in the morning , officials visit in the noon. The actual business starts only in the evening. People start pouring in in larger numbers as the sun hides below the horizon. The vendors have a great time selling goods till late at night and wrap up by 11pm of week days. Weekends are a boon to these vendors. The crowd on weekends is twice as much of that on weekdays and the market is open till 12 in the midnight.

To understand the role of such public squares in a city, we observed both – tangible and intangible aspects of the place to represent them through maps.

The base plan of municipal market shows the types of shops, the nature of the place when the crowd is moderate.


Mapping people: 

GROUND METRIC.jpgMapping the flow of people: Municipal market houses shops selling different types of goods. Not all of them have many customers. To analyze the pattern of flow of people and understand the factors influencing the movement pattern, the following map was made.


Mapping vehicular movement: From 10 in the morning to 11 at night numerous vehicles move in and out of the place. The following map shows the frequency, density and movement pattern of the vehicles mapped on a weekday during the mentioned time.


Mapping the density of people: This is a graphical comparison of the density of people in the municipal market of a weekday and weekend. The graph has not been generated using accurate set of survey data. It is represented with respect to the observations made by us on site, to understand the general difference in the density.


Mapping smell: How can one resist the smell of food in municipal market. This map is a representation of smell at morning and evening respectively. The  dots show the origin on the smell and the circles show the intensity, direction and the distance based on our observation.Morning smell.jpgEvening smell.jpgMapping moods: In a place with so many faces around, different moods prevail. This map shows the moods observed in the place on a weekday. The categories are made based on the observation barely and need not necessarily be the only moods persisting.


Mapping sounds:


Mapping the movement of animals and birds:The least considered and observed visitors are the animals and birds.This place has its own importance of birds and animals as localities take care of them. Pigeons and crows are regular visitors and are fed by the shopkeepers every morning.Squirrels and dogs are seen moving around the market all the time. This map represents the movement of animals and birds in an abstract way.



buildings need to be lighter and subdued. The information takes a back seat. What you want to highlight is the movement of pigeon or animals etc. 

Where do vendors come from? : The map is showing network of Informal Vendors who comes every day to Municipal market from different areas. Most of the vendors sell toys and ladies accessories.


Mapping the identification of the area: The map is showing the identity of each shop and vendors.signages