AMY RACHEL JOSEPH URBAN DESIGNER & ARCHITECT
- ABOUT ME An Architect and an aspiring Urban Designer wishing to develop extraordinary vision for the ordinary urban settings with quality and equal participation. Intrigued with the Insurgent Public Spaces and the role of citizens in shaping cities. A city is a melting pot of human activities. The more you blend incomes, ages, and activities, the more human the city becomes.I believe ‘urban’ design is a conduit to make a space more humane.
EDUCATION M.Arch(Urban Design)
School of Planning & Architecture , Bhopal, M.P. 2016-18
Jamia Millia Islamia , New Delhi 2011-16
Ahlcon Public School , New Delhi 2011
Deep Memorial Public School , Uttar Pradesh 2009
INTERNSHIP Delhi Urban Art Commission, N. Delhi 2017 (8 weeks)
Chapman Taylor, N. Delhi 2016 (4 months)
Delhi Development Authority, N. Delhi 2015 (4 weeks)
Town & Country Planning Organization, N. Delhi 2012 (4 weeks)
SOFTWARE SKILLS • AutoCAD
• Autodesk Revit
• Adobe Photoshop
• Adobe InDesign
• Adobe Illustrator
• Microsoft Suite
1 SOCIOMORPHOLOGICAL RESTRUCTURING OF SAVDA GHEVRA- A RESETTLEMENT COLONY IN PERIURBAN AREA OF DELHI POST GRADUATE THESIS
URBAN TRANSFORMATION_ FRINGE DEVELOPMENT OF HOSHANGABAD ROAD , BHOPAL
THE GREAT INDIAN MARKET PLACE_ REVITALIZATION OF KHARI BAOLI, THE SPICE MARKET OF ASIA, SHAHJAHANABAD , DELHI
REVITALIZATION OF GTB COMPLEX, BHOPAL
URBAN NETWORKS & SYSTEMS _ VADODARA- THE VISIONARY CITY VISHWAMITRI RIVER DEVELOPMENT
6 URBAN DESIGN PROPOSAL FOR REDEVELOPMENT OF TT. NAGAR CHOWK , BHOPAL
SOCIO-CULTURAL HUB, DWARKA UNDERGRADUATE THESIS
Array of Accretions
SOCIO-MORPHOLOGICAL RESTRUCTURING OF SAVDA GHEVRA- A RESETTLEMENT COLONY IN PERI-URBAN AREA OF DELHI
SAVDA GHEVRA AT A GLANCE
Forced evictions and resettlement of central slums have become a common and inevitable part of the development of cities in the global South. One of the recent examples is the relocation of squatter settlements to the city margins to make way for infrastructural up gradation and cosmetic treatment. Savda Ghevra, as an ethnographically strategic site, offers insights into the ‘system’ or set of interrelations in which it is situated, which include the planner’s designs for the colony, households balancing residence against livelihood opportunities, women residents working for NGOs etc. This thesis is an attempt to provide an essential ballast to a habitable society through inclusive neighbourhood design.
Neighbourhoods offer a sense of belongingness and security within its inhabitants which is seen absent in the current face of relocated neighbourhoods. As a result the present urban agglomeration is characterised by uncertainty, hostility and lack of responsibility towards the society giving rise to splintering neighbourhoods.
RESETTLEMENT COLONIES_ planned, formal, legitimate as well as legal, though with restrictions on the last count. They are planned in the sense that they are explicitly included within the development area of the master plan in a zone marked for residential use, laid out according to standards and norms for resettlement colonies in the master plan. Source : Gautam Bhan, Planned Illegalities Housing and the ‘Failure’ of Planning in Delhi: 1947-2010
ULTIMATE PARADOX OF THE STATE’S POWER TO CLASSIFY ITS CITIZENS !
NEOLIBRALISM IN INDIA
SITE & SURROUNDINDS The largest planned resettlement colony, was originally developed by the Slum and JJ wing of MCD and then taken over by Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in 2006. The 250-acre site is located about 40 km west of New Delhi and is home to more than 8,500 families (approximately 46,000 people) evicted from inner city areas.
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BOURG EOIS URBANIS M
MARGINALIZED DEVELOPMENT INDUCED DISPLACEMENT
COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2010
AREA OF CONCERN : Spiral of decline in Neighborhood values in the current urban agglomeration.
PERIPHERALIZATION OF POOR PERI-URBAN
SPLINTERING SOCIAL INEQUITY
RISE IN CRIME
RIGHT TO CITY
DIFFERENTIAL DISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES
DEGRADED QUALITY OF LIFE
LACK OF FLEXIBILITY IN
DWELLING UNITS NO SENSE ASSOCIATION
ABSENCE OF COMMUNITY VALUES
EXISTING BUS ROUTE
OF COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
FORMATION OF GHETTOS
METRO NODE (800 M RADIUS)
ABSENCE OF SOCIAL NETWORK
ABSENCE OF SERVICE NETWORK
PEDESTRIAN NODE (400 M RADIUS)
GHEVRA METRO STATION
PUBLIC / SEMI-PUBLIC
WORKING FEMALE PLAY AREA MARKET GAMBLING RUBBER WORK NGO/OFFICE RELEGIOUS PLACE
OCCUPATIONAL STRUCTURE & COMMUTATION ANALYSIS
MEANS OF LIVELIHOOD TEMPORARY EMPLOYED
Maximum no. of people travel from the resettled areas to the places from which they were displaced from for work. Lack of employment opportunities near the colony. Even the original inhabitants prefer to travel long distances to work
Women prefer to work in the alleys doing rubber assembly work and other household activities. Men are either employed as labourers in farms or run shops within the colony. Many are involved in anti-social activties like gambling , drinking , thievery etc. near the redundant spaces within the colony.
MAJOR ACTIVITY NODE : CHOWK
WORK CENTERS LEGEND
RESETTLEMENT COLONY WORK CENTER FOR FEMALES
WORK CENTER FOR MALES
URBAN VILLAGES WORK CENTER FOR FEMALES
WORK CENTER FOR MALES
_Milan Chowk : Multitude of activties - Taxi Stand - Tea Stall - Grocery Shop - Dispensary - Meat Shop
RISE IN ANTI-SOCIAL ACTIVITIES LACK OF VIGILENCE LACK OF VENTILATION AND NATURAL LIGHTING
IMPROPER USE OF PUBLIC AMENTIES
PARK EDGE AS ‘FILTER’
UNATTENDED PUBLIC EDGES
E INHUMANE SECTOR PLANNING
UNFAMILIARITY WITH FORCED DWELLING TYPOLOGY
LACK OF LEGIBILITY + IMAGEBILITY
GAMBLING LACK OF PERMEABILITY
EDGES AS ‘FILTERS’
E WEAKENING OF LINKS BETWEEN INDIVI & NEIGHBORH
TRADITIONAL IDUAL , PLACE HOOD
SITE ISSUE ANALYSIS
LACK OF BUILDING BYLAWS
SPATIAL SEGREGATION : VILLAGES AS ENCLAVES
DISREGARD FOR NATURAL FEATURES
J WEAK ACCESSIBILITY
1. Lack of building bye-laws. 2. Sporadic Development which encourages auto construction. Lack of any architectural vocabulary in the area. 3. Spatial Fragmentation has transformed the urban villages into enclaves. 4. No co-relation between the proposed zonal plan and the actual physical environment on the site. 5. Weak Accessibility: Missing hierarchy of roads 6. Edges as filters and not as seams: Lack of permeability The edges that exist in the city areas could be well-defined as the great urban components that are either impervious (posing as barriers and strainers) or pervious (posing as seams). It is observed that wherever the edgings turn into seams, they join the spaces on both sides together in a group. Nevertheless the boundaries can generate complications as soon as they begin to rule out and isolate. 7. Unsafe alleys 8. Absence of work centres 9. Improper or no use of designed public amenities: public toilets, baraat ghar , water ATMs etc. 10. Lack of recreational spaces
Non-Spatial Issues EYES ON STREET ??
LOSS OF COMMUNITY VALUES
H CROSSING AS A LIABILITY
I LACK OF RECREATIONAL SPACES
J UNDEFINED EDGES : MAIN ACCESS ROAD
1. Lack of familiarity with the introduced dwelling typology 2. Lack of imageability and legibility results in absence of visual continuum 3. Rise in Anti -social activities like Drinking, Gambling, Theft, Rape etc. 4. Disregard towards ecological features : garbage disposal 5.Impersonal environment of urban agglomeration: absence of neighbourhood structure in place which leads to no sense of belongingness amongst the masses.
PRECINCT LEVEL STRUCTURE PLAN
Re-envisioning the City Margins : To develop a design program that recognizes people both as a ‘means ‘ and ‘ end ‘ of development ; REINSTATING THE TIES BETWEEN INDIVIDUAL , PLACE and NEIGHBOURHOOD . Appropriating space in a manner that is SOCIALLY EQUITABLE ECONOMICALLY VIABLE CULTURALLY ADAPTABLE ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE
INDIAN OIL REFINERY
GHEVRA RAILWAY STATION
GHEVRA METRO STATION
PRECINCT LEVEL STRATEGIES
Engaging new building typology
Networking and Permeability
ACTIVITY GENERATORS / COMMUNITY GATHERING SPACES
Hierarchy of open spaces as a fractal structure.
PROPOSED METRO STATION INSTIGATING CITY LEVEL CONNECTION
Overlapping different networks like social , physical , natural and movement networks allow greater social interaction
PROPOSED BUS STOP LOCAL LEVEL MOBILITY EXISTING GHEVRA RAILWAY DIRECT CONNECTION TO METRO STATION PROPOSED WAREHOUSE / WORKSHOPS
Evolve a mixed use residential neighbourhood typology.
Connecting the settlements with functional anchors and activity hubs : multi-magnets
Industrial Edges to be reworked for more permeable alternatives.
PRIMARY ROAD _BUS ROUTE SECONDARY ROAD PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL INCREMENTAL HOUSING PROPOSED INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING PROPOSED COMMERCIAL ECONOMICAL BENEFIT PROPOSED GREEN BUFFER ALONG EXISITNG CANAL URBAN AGRICULTURE ECONOMICAL BENEFIT EXISTING GREENS PROPOSED GREEN BOULEVARD ALONG ACCESS ROAD
Create city level movement networks
Road networks should be such that the built form doesn’t form any defensible spaces
Introduction of local means of transportation Multi-modal split to be introduced for better connectivity
SITE LEVEL STRATEGIES Networking Permeability
Low-rise ,high- density as best suited for incremental housing ; Climate responsive Extensions of spaces for livelihood and streets for people not cars – first configuration provides more privacy and a sense of neighbourhood at a smaller scale. Home Zones – Full ROW to pedestrians and make it safe for children
E m p o w e r i n g communities to foster better participation in decision making and program formulation.
Sense of continuity of public realm/open spaces: easily accessible to the public.
Transitional spaces in form of public realm to be created for gentle transition of urban fabric. Open spaces should be multi -functional and must be associated with a social infrastructure so that they can be utilized to the maximum.
Developing religious anchors as imageable landmarks and providing better accessibility improves community interaction. Instituitonal Buildings or open spaces as landmarks.
GIRLS SECONDARY SCHOOL + VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER
BUS & TAXI STAND
DUTY FREE ZONE
10 MTR. WIDE ROAD RUBBER FOOTWEAR ASSEMBLYUNITS CONGREGATION SPACE FOR LABOURERS G
VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER G+2
NGO OFFIC AANGANWAADI SPACE FOR RELIGIOUS STRUCTURE
MULTI PURPOSE HALL
BOYS SECONDARY SCHOOL
WALK -UP APARTMENTS
MARRIAGE HALL+ TUTION CENTER- G+1
( 6.5 m X 16 m )- G+1
WALK -UP APARTMENTS
RESIDENTIAL MODULE ( 5m X 8m )- G+2 ( 5m X 6m )- G+1
D.U. SIZE (6 m X 4 m) - G+1.5
PRIMARY SCHOOL G+1
TR. 10 M D
POLICE STATION G+2
SHOP+ RESIDENTIAL - G RESIDENTIAL - G+2
SITE LEVEL STRUCTURE PLAN SCALE 1:600
PROPOSED BUS STOP: ENHANCED MOBILITY PROPOSED BUS & TAXI STAND: REDUCE CHAOS AT THE MARKET JUNCTION PROPOSED RUBBER ASSEMBLY UNITS: EXTENSION OF THE ASSEMBLY WORK IN THE INTERNAL ALLEYS TO ASSEMBLY POINT PROPOSED MOTORISED ROAD OF 15m ROW. PROPOSED PEDESTRIAN LINKAGES. PROPOSED ROAD FOR NMV .
12 MTR. WIDE ROAD
MULTI- SPECIALITY HOSPITAL G+4
PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL CLUSTER - AFFORDABLE HOUSING LOWER INCOME AND MIDDLE INCOME GROUP - INCLUSIVE
PROPOSED COMMERCIAL - COMMUNITY CENTERS WHICH CAN SERVE AS GATHERING SPACES , MIXED USE AVAILABLE IN MULTIPLE PLOT SIZES
URBAN FARMING : ENCOURAGES COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION AND BRINGS IN GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT LEADING TO ECONOMIC BENEFITS
PROPOSED INSTITUTIONAL - VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER, AANGANWADI AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS - CAPACITY BUILDING
GREEN BUFFER OF 15 -20 m ALONG THE CANAL - STREAM REJUVENATION PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLIST FRIENDLY
NETWORK ENHANCEMENT OF EXISTING GREENS
PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL MODELS
BOULEVARD OF GREENS ALONG THE MAIN ACCESS ROAD
LABOUR GATHERING SPACE
SECTION THROUGH PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL MODULE B
SECTION THROUGH PROPOSED HAAT AREA
URBAN TRANSFORMATION_FRINGE HOSHANGABAD ROAD , BHOPAL
An urban environment with enhanced mobility
AREA LEVEL STRUCTURE PLAN Growing cities expand geographically; Asian cities have been expanding rapidly. Expansion implies that urban characteristics are introduced into peripheral or periurban areas or urban fringes.Indiaâ€™s
urban fringes is characterized by increasing spatial segregation, physical and infrastructural degeneration and socio-economic exclusion.
VISION & STRATEGIES
y for people from various walks of life.
DETAILED LAYOUT PLAN
To achieve a liveable and equitable environment by enhancing networks, providing platforms for public interactions, preserving ecology facilitate infrastructural development through inserts.
URBAN NETWORKS & SYSTEMS _VADODARA- THE VISIONARY CITY VISHWAMITRI RIVER DEVELOPMENT
Vadodara (formerly known as Baroda) is the
Cultural Capital of Gujarat and the third largest city in the Western Indian State of Gujarat, after Ahmedabad and Surat. It is the administrative headquarters of Vadodara District and is located on the banks of the Vishwamitri river. Being a princely state, it has rich culture and vibrant history dedicated to art and architecture which while moving in the city is evident from the architecturally rich buildings of MSU, Nyaymandir and Mandvi. These heritage structures possess unique IndoSaracenic architecture with a beautiful blend of Indigenous and European styles which constitute the identity of the city. Major work of indo-sarcenic architectural style in the city is Laxmi villas palace that takes up a large portion of land at the geographical centre of the city, though being a major landmark it does not connect with common people visually.
A COSMOPOLITAN PROVENANCE IN TRANSITION
Vishwamitri river originates from the western and southern slopes of Pavagadh hills. It flows westward through the city of Vadodara, further downstream it is linked with two other tributaries Dhadhar and Jambuva and finally culminates in the Gulf of Kambhat.
DETAILED PLAN INTERACTIVE ZONE PROPOSED LAKEFRONT VIEW
AREA LEVEL MASTERPLAN
To maximize the potential for multifunctionality
To mitigate flood risks through adequate green buffer and sound stormwater management
Enriching Riperian Edge to increase the percolation rate of water
DETAILED PLAN PUBLIC INTERACTION ZONE PROPOSED SECTIONS
the precinct has undergone enormous transformation along major transport corridors. They have encouraged commercial development and footfall along the major axis. The growth along the street side has created a backyard formation for the residential areas in the vicinity subjecting it to unattended and dead areas at night. Most part of the complex has become redundant over last decade with New Market and Dusherra Maidaan taking precedence over it.
VISION & STRATEGIES
REVITALIZATION OF GTB OMPLEX, BHOPAL
OVER THE YEARS....
DETAILED LAYOUT PLAN
Planned as a vibrant, commercial setup with round - the - clock activities well meshed with green, walkable urban realm , the whole complex is inter-connected with multiple pedestrian/greens links connecting all parcels to the green urban core.
The linkages are designed to provide incidental open spaces and plazas as nodes of activity. They will be centers of social interaction promoting communal cohesion, peace and culture. The linkages would have activity-generators such as retail, food & beverage, entertainment, sport and recreation and other similar uses which would help instill public surveillance, creating safer environment for everybody.
5/ URBAN DESIGN PROPOSAL FOR REDEVELOPMENT OF TT. NAGAR CHOWK , BHOPAL
URBAN DESIGN PROPOSAL
UNDERGRADUATE THESIS_SOCIO-CULTURAL HUB, DWARKA
The aim was to design a sociocultural center in Dwarka that identifies the spatial requirements and needs of the community which are translated into types and quality of spaces.
DETAILED PLAN,SECTION ELEVATION & VIEWS
DETAILED PLAN,SECTION ELEVATION & VIEWS
Design spaces within the hub that are easily accessible to public and provide a platform to express themselves.To be able to relate the vast building to the very different scales of the intimate neighborhood of the site and to create spaces for the younger generation so that “more vibrancy could be brought to the centre”.
SITE LAYOUT PLAN
THE GREAT INDIAN MARKET PLACE_REVITALIZATION OF KHARI BAOLI, THE SPICE MARKET OF ASIA, SHAHJAHANABAD , DELHI
Khari Baoli is a street in Old Delhi, known for its wholesale grocery and Asiaâ€™s largest wholesale spice market selling all kinds of spices, nuts and herbs. Operating since the 17th century, the market is situated near the historic Delhi Red Fort, on the Khari Baoli Road adjacent to Fatehpuri Masjid at the western end of the Chandni Chowk, and over the years has remained a tourist attraction, especially those in the heritage circuit of Old Delhi.
STREET DESIGN INTERVENTION
Walking is fundamental to urban life. However, the poor quality of pedestrian infrastructure sends a message that pedestrians are not welcome in the urban environment.
“Developing a pedestrian environment means more than laying down a footpath or installing a signal. A truly viable pedestrian system takes into account both the big picture and small details— from how a city is formed and built to what materials are under our feet”.
A compilation of mostly post graduate work