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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Map of road network- Zalak Patel

This map shows road networking for inventory of Ahmadabad city. The roads which takes care of primary traffic movement in and out of the city. Four rings (S.P ring road, 132’ ring road, University road ring, walled city and CG road ring.

There are two orbital roads running North- South on the west and east side of the city namely S.G highway. Fourteen urban radials which consist of the Regional radials as it enters the urban developed boundary and connects to the city core.

Five other Radial roads within the city which do not continue as Regional radials but has a strong radial alignment within the developed.


James Corner: The Agency of Mapping-Punit Panchal

In his essay on “The Agency of Mapping “James Corner offers a critical analysis of mapping. James Corner is an American Landscape Architect and theorist. He published the essay in 1999. The essay describe the potential for the methods of using mapping beyond its traditional practices, as a mean for architects and planners to better understand cities and design with social, political and cultural considerations. It describes the power in both shaping our perceptions world as well as its form. Corner writes “mapping is perhaps the most formative and creative act of any design process”.

He talks about the map’s relations to reality. Corner suggested that our concept of space is formed by our participation with our surroundings. Corner identifies four thematic developments in mapping – The concepts of drift, layering, game-board and rhizome have been used in various successful and complex mapping exercise in the fields of design and planning.

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

Tweeting through the way- Dhriti Kimothi

Eric Fischer is a data mapping expert and software developer who has been working on data visualization projects over the years. He is the creator of the Geotaggers’ World Atlas.

This map by Eric Fischer plots routes which are heavily used in San Francisco near bay area.  Fischer collected this data with the help of geotagged tweets. In the map, volume of tweets is directly proportional to the density of traffic which is indicated by thickness of lines at that particular position. With help of this map it is easy to jot down tracks which cater a large traffic and accordingly ameliorate existing or create new routes to the traffic conditions of that area.


Image courtsey- Eric Fischer


Where do people in Gurukul go in the morning time? By Vishwa Undaviya & Chitra Ahuja

The map shows where the people from Gurukul go. After interacting with people living in Gurukul we noted down where they go, how they go and how much time the journey takes. People are categorized into five different categories i.e., working, college student, school student, housewives and retired. Their mode of transport is also considered whether they travel by walking or own vehicle or uses public transport. The map is drawn with respect to time. This map is only for the time between 8:00am to 11:00am.

As conclusion the retired usually prefer to stay at home in the morning, housewives travels nearby places like dropping their child school, buying grocery or vegetables. The children that goes to school has schools nearby. Most of college student goes to collage near Gandhinagar or near to Thaltej and Shilaj. Most of working people have either their offices nearby or near Thaltej or nearby Kalupur.