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Student Document Publication for private circulation only.

Edited and designed by Thommen C. Lukose

Copyright Š Thommen C. Lukose 2014 | Learning From Bandra

Printed digitally at Siddhi Printech, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad.

Fonts used Body text - Minion Pro Headings - DIN Alternate


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS It has been a great journey so far in the world of design and first of all I would like to thank ‘The National Institute of Design’, for all that it has taught me in my professional and personal life. I would like to thank Tanishka Kachru for being a great coordinator in exhibition design and my guide for this project. I would also like to thank Allen Shaw, Immanuel Suresh, Tenzen, Jonak Das, Antony Lopez, M.P Ranjan, Yatin Pandya, Mayank loonkar, Shilpa Das and Sachin Sanchar for all their wise words and support. Learning from one’s colleagues is the biggest resource in NID and so I would first like to thank Shivani Singh for her extra ordinary support, followed by Rambo, Kannan, Harnehmat Kaur, Aloki Shah, Aishwarya Ganeshan, Hena Najeeb, Sreenihal Pouka, Arpit Verma, Tanvi Kanakia, Farzan Dalal, Mudita Prasari, Ritwick Nandi, Arpita Bhatacharjee, Himanshu, Kuldeep, Sumedha Vemuri, Vrishti Jain, Visakh Vishwam, Gokul Raj, Krishna Kumar and Kiran Prasanth for all their love and support. Finally a big thank you to the Team Busride - Ayaz Basrai and Zammer Basrai for giving me this wonderful opportunity to work with them. It was great being a part of the team with Debanil, Pranali, Apurv, Shalin, Sagarika, Tarangani and Hinal. Thanks a lot for helping me out with the project, through thick and thin. I would also like to thank Karishma, both the Simrans, Aarushi and Srishti for their volunteer work in helping me map Bandra. I would also like to thank Vivek Sheth, Neelam Das, Akhil Mistry, Nikitha and Chandani Patel whose archived work on the Bandra Projects immensely helped me.Also, thanks to Appa Amma and Kuttu for their extensive love and support.




The project

Book 1



Literature review


Learning from Bandra


About NID


Bandra map


Content page(Book 1)


About the sponsor


Bandra now and then


Introduction to street analysis






Street analysis process and techniques




Street elements


The Bandra Project


Design solutions




Representation of solutions


Meeting and feedback


Street cross section the best tool?


Street solution-representation


Style guide: Types of photographs


Style guide: Illustration-1


Style guide: Illustration-2


Style guide: Illustration-3


People and streets


Book 2

Book 2 - Chapter 1


Re-defined brief


Final draft chapter-1




Immediate reference


Narrative structure, chapter-1






Persona Building




Content generation


Visual Language concept


Internet references


Resources for script writing


Visual reference


Broad approach


Visualization of zine


Case studies




Concept outline


Attempt #2


Content Page(Zine)




Process for script writing


Process in making a spread




Building artefacts of the future




Existing artefact




Pages in process




Attempted pages


Structure of the zine



A rough time line showing my design process and the time taken for each part. It was a 5-6 month long project. Research to production stage (of 1st draft) was covered in this time. The project is still on and just nearing a complete final edit.


Research and Readings

Content Generation


Concept pitch/ideation/way forward


Content Editing

Visualization of the book

Redefined brief


Reference palette


Meeting Draft#2(book)

Content generation 2


Production(1st draft for chapter 1)




Visualization of the zine

Artefact creation


Detailing chapter#1




The National Institute of Design (NID) is internationally acclaimed as one of the foremost multi-disciplinary institutions in the field of design education and research. The institute functions as an autonomous body under the department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. NID is recognised by the Dept. of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR) under Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, as a scientific and industrial design research organisation. In the early years following independence, rapid changes were taking place within the Indian environment, in economic and social objectives and in production processes, new technologies were beginning to enter the remotest corners of our sub-continent. There were at that time, minds sufficiently aware that the process of development demanded a reinvestigation of the postulates and resources that determine the pattern and pace of growth envisioned for India. The Industrial Policy Resolution of 1953 articulated these concerns and indicated broad guidelines. It was in this setting that the Government of India invited the renowned design team of Charles and Ray Eames to recommend a programme of design to serve as an aid to small industry. On the basis of their remarkable document, ‘The India Report’, the Government of India set up the National Institute of Design in 1961 as an autonomous national institution for research, service and training in Industrial Design and Visual Communication.

Exhibition (Spatial) Design at NID, is a trans-disciplinary department at NID. With the objective of handling communication through the medium of Spaces, Exhibition Design gives a lot of opportunities to the students to explore various mediums of doing so. Exhibition Design as a discipline at NID had started by designing for government expositions like the Nehru Exhibition in 1965. The students in the department have explored varied methods of applying their skills and have touched upon several subjects in the public sphere. The graduates from the discipline have entered in areas like theatre, films, retail, museums, exhibitions, graphic installation design to handling issues relating to urbanscapes and cultural heritage.



The Busride is a built environment design studio, specialising in insightful and relevant creation of multi-purpose spaces. The studio believes that built environments in diverse spheres contribute in diverse ways to individuals and business, to promote corporate values, influence behaviour, increase productivity and sales. The Studio defines built environment in the widest possible way, and the scope of work ranges from Kiosks and Exhibitions to Institutional Design and Architecture. The Studio believes that each solution is as unique as the problem and insight fully designed and created environments solve these issues at various levels. Identifying the issue is as central a concern as are their design solutions. The studio’s work ranges from retail environments to educational environments inclusive of exhibition design to making art installations. This project is aimed at generating a base for the studio to involve itself in sub-urban design. By incubating various in house research and developmental activities, which primarily involve urban development studies and initiatives. With such activities the studio is keen on creating a strong base in this area of design. It also believes in creating an awareness amongst other design studios in the country to take up such initiatives for their environments.


Ayaz Basrai

Product designer from NID, Principle designer at the Busride studio, Project curator, Client and Chief advisor.

Vivek Seth

Exhibition(spatial designer from NID)designer. First enquiry on Ranwar. Made output Maps on Ranwar, a Pop-up exhibition, a solution matrix and a blog.

Zameer Basrai

Masters from MIT,Bachelor’s from CEPT. Principle architect at the busride studio, Project curator, Client and Chief advisor.

Neelam Das

Exhibition designer, MIT-ID, Pune. Did a Bandra mapping through 3 maps. Put up an exhibition at Jude bakery.

Akhil Mistry

Graphic designer,MIT-ID pune,Prototyping design solutions-street signage


Cody Chandani Patel Nikhita

Debanil Pramanik

Pranali patel

Architect, B.arch from Manipal university. Project guide. Took care of all the minute hurdles in the project. Technical advisor. Go-to person. Architect from BSSA, Mumbai. Architectural references and Advisor.

Apurv Anirudh

Architect,B.arch from Manipal university. Design Consultant,Concept developments,Design Directions

Sagarika Suri

Master’ in Urban Planning MIT, B.arch from CEPT. Urban planning consultant.

Aarushi Bafna Srishti Karishma Panchal

Simran.M Simran Rohira


Architect,BSSA. Brief analysis and design directions.

Architect student, CEPT, Rough book structure

Architect, Bandra Ideal Hires Design.

Architect student, BSSA

Architect student, BSSA

Architect student, CEPT

Architect student, BSSA

Interior design student, Raffles Design school, Mumbai.



Rem Koolhas

Rahul Mehrotra He a renowned architect and conservationist is responsible for most preservation sites in the fort area. Fort walks was a book by Rahul Mehrotra which consisted of 10 curated walks in Bombays historic city center. The book is to encourage people to walk the area and develop pride for the historic district. The plan has quantitative and qualitative aspects that highlight a district that must be appreciated and treasured.


He is an urban architect who contributes to the preservation movement however, his vision is more apocalyptic but relevant. Preservation has an effect that is not appreciated by urban architects like Rem Koolhaas as according to him the buildings with historic value should be let to age and then perish allowing new structures to emerge. According to him, this is a process that we have arrested, temporarily in a space half-preserved, half renovated - a fake standoff between authenticity and gentrification.CRONOCAOS is sandwiching the past, present and future together at a dizzying speed perhaps we need to begin by asking questions to ourselves.

Kevin Lynch Lynch in ‘The Image of The City’ talks about a concept of Imageabilty of a city, of how an inhabitant would break down the image of his own city into various physical forms. Some excerpts and analysis, which were later, applied to Bandra. A city can be divided in Paths, Edges, Districts, Nodes and Landmarks to make a physical form.


Jane Jacobs She believes that streets are extremely important. She talks about walking the streets to absorb all aspects that help make the street what it is. She believes that crowded streets are better as a certain amount of hustle bustle is needed to keep a neighbourhood safe and productive. Jane Jacobs observed four key qualities of healthy, vibrant cities: mixed uses, frequent streets, varied buildings and concentration.

Michael Sorkin According to sorkins it is necessary to throw away our complacency and really figure out what is a ‘public space’. A city plan that involves people and the social structure prominent than the architectural building structures. Through his concept sorkins has created a list of guidelines which help develop a rich texture of public space, improving the sidewalks and making them more walkable.

He known for his graffiti art uses the same as a medium of expression. His work deals with art work/ installations that are related to issues in everyday social life. Street art has the attribute of bringing a dull wall back to life, giving it a contextual relevance which is influenced by the activity surrounding it. Bandra and it’s street art share a youthful, fun and celebratory character, while communicating agenda’s through hidden subtext and creating awareness. Graffiti in Bandra is a strong visual element that adds value to the pedestrianized spines, making the walking experience pleasant and productive in a way.


New urbanism New urbanism is the most important planning movement of this century, and is about creating a better future for us all. It is the revival of our lost art of place-making, and is essentially a re-ordering of the built environment into the form of complete cities, towns, villages, and neighbourhoods - the way communities have been built for centuries around the world.

Ariel view of Bazaar road,Bandra Photograph by Karishma panchal

The principles of New urbanism The principles of New Urbanism can be applied increasingly to projects at the full range of scales from a single building to an entire community.


Walkability -Most things within a 10-minute walk of home and work. -Pedestrian friendly street design (buildings close to street; porches, windows and doors; tree-lined streets; on street parking; hidden parking lots; garages in rear lane; narrow, slow speed streets). -Pedestrian streets free of cars in special cases. Connectivity -Interconnected street grid network disperses traffic and eases walking. -A hierarchy of narrow streets, boulevards, and alleys. -High quality pedestrian network and public realm makes walking pleasurable.

Increased Density -More buildings, residences, shops, and services closer together ease of walking, to enable a more efficient use of services and resources, and to create a more convenient, enjoyable place to live. -New Urbanism design principles are applied at the full range of densities from small towns, to large cities.

Mixed housing A range of types, sizes and prices in closer proximity. Quality of life Taken together these add up to a high quality of life well worth living, and create places that enrich, uplift, and inspire the human spirit. Smart Transportation -A network of high-quality trains connecting cities, towns, and neighbourhoods together. -Pedestrian-friendly design that encourages a greater use of bicycles, roller-blades, scooters, and walking as daily transportation. Traditional Neighbourhood Structure -Discernible centre and edge. -Public space at centre. -Importance of quality public realm; public open space designed as civic art. -Contains a range of uses and densities within 10-minute walk. -Transect planning: Highest densities at town centre; progressively less dense towards the edge. The transect is an analytical system that conceptualizes mutually reinforcing elements, creating a series of specific natural habitats and/or urban lifestyle settings. The Transect integrates environmental methodology for habitat assessment with zoning methodology for community design. The professional boundary between the natural and man-made disappears, enabling environmentalists to assess the design of the human habitat and the urbanists to support the viability of nature. This urban-to-rural transect hierarchy has appropriate building and street types for each area along the continuum.

Sustainability -Minimal environmental impact of development and its operations. -Eco-friendly technologies, respect for ecology and value of natural systems. -Energy efficiency. -Less use of finite fuels. -More local production. -More walking, less driving. Mixed use and diversity -A mix of shops , offices, apartments, and homes on site. Mixed-use within neighbourhoods, within blocks, and within buildings. -Diversity of people - of ages, income levels, cultures, and races. Quality Architecture and Urban Design Emphasis on beauty, aesthetics, human comfort, and creating a sense of place; Special placement of civic uses and sites within community. Human scale architecture & beautiful surroundings nourish the human spirit. Reference: New urbanism Guidelines





Salsette (Shahsti): The Island on which Bandra is situated was formerly made up of several smaller islands, which were joined together during the 19th and early 20th centuries to form a single island. It is bounded on the north by Vasai Creek, on the northeast by the Ulhas River, on the east by Thane Creek and Bombay Harbour, and on the south and west by the Arabian Sea. Bandra lies on a peninsula on the southern end of the island, and Mumbai’s suburwwwbs cover much of the remainder of the island. The name Sasashti (also shortened to Sashti) means “sixty-six villages” in Marathi was inhabited by farmers, agriculturalists, toddy tappers, artisans, fisherfolks who trace their conversion to Christianity back to 55 AD with the arrival of Christ’s disciple St. Bartholomew in North Konkan. The Island city of Bombay was south of the Salsette Island and separated from it by the Mahim Creek. These form the present City of Mumbai that were originally seven small islands. The island of Trombay lay to the southeast of Salsette though today much of the intervening swamps have been reclaimed as land. Like Bombay, Salsette had its set of ever changing rulers set until it was finally handed over to the British in 1782 AD with the Treaty of Salbai.Historians from 1505 AD to 1688 AD have referred to Bandra as Bandor, Bandera, Bandara, while ancient Marathi documents mention Vandra. The Portuguese used the name Bandora. Until April 12th 1867 AD on the inauguration of the first railway line through this suburb it was called Bandra.


Bandra now

Bandra today is the hub of Mumbai, known as the ‘Queen of Suburbs’; it serves for most of suburban Mumbai’s cultural needs. It is considered the fashion hub of Mumbai. It is also a favourite hot spot for the young to hangout, with two beautiful seaside promenades and an always-awake night-life. A straight choice for most of the cultural activities in the city it enjoys a distinctive and unmatched character amongst all Mumbai suburbs. But what defines Bandra more is the community culture that it shares. The fact that people know each other and they greet and acknowledge each other, ‘good morning, or good evening or how are you?’, is a unique character in Mumbai’s fast life today. This states a certain mood of Bandra, which is very unique, the roots of which are seen coming from the twenty four odd Pakhadis that it once boasted of. These hamlets have evolved over a period of 400 years. Of the 24 Pakarias (as the Portuguese used to call them), only 5 survive the testimonies of mass development of Mumbai. Each with an approximate of 30-35 families and around 30 odd century old houses speak of the roots of the culture that one sees only in Bandra today. It is said that the architecture of these mud and mortar houses and they need to be preserved, its the people who live there(East Indian Catholics); that give this place its being, need to be there as well. The sense of community shared by these people is immense and it is their lifestyle that makes this place live, otherwise these houses would be stagnant over a period of time.


COMMUNITY East Indian Catholics East Indians or East Indian Catholics are a Marathi-speaking, Roman Catholic ethnic group, based in and around the city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) in the state of Maharashtra. These people are of the original Marathi ethnic group and had been evangelized by the Portuguese, while retaining much of their pre-Christian traditions. They are the original inhabitants of Bandra. It is the culture and heritage of these groups and their neighbourhoods that hold Bandra’s defining culture. It is important to preserve this dying culture as it has heritage value and is a part of Bandra. now, The average East Indian today may no longer be aware of the origins of the name and perhaps is not very concerned about it either. As a society becomes more cosmopolitan demographic identities merge. This needs to be looked at to avoid losing these communities and their living as they are the living heritage of Bandra.

Bandraites The cultural diversity that has occurred over the years in Bandra has added quality to the suburb. Bandra today is famous for its restaurants, street shopping and its promenades. However the suburb has more to offer in terms of heritage and culture that runs along the streets of its precincts and villages which need to be recognized for their heritage and culture. This can only be done if the suburb is introduced to its people as a whole with the best of bandra highlighted on it.



Conservation is the process through which the material, historical, and design integrity of mankind’s built heritage are prolonged through carefully planned interventions.

What to conserve? Historic cities and precincts need to become objects of conservation, this can only happen if the imagination of urban planners today is persistent on restoring the significance of these organic cities and their hybrid urbanism.

Conclusions from neelams enquiry

The true designers of a city/ suburb are its inhabitants as it is we who give it form and shape at every node of its existence. The plan suggests improving Bandra’s environment, starting with the streets, since the streets are the only thing that is left of the public environment. The proposed urban development plan would also include the heritage of the suburb which has lost its importance and relevance due to the commercialization of the suburb adding to its distinct character. Why conserve? Preservation of the tangibles and intangibles adds to historic built fabric of a city. It adds character to the existing urban culture. Conservation brings in opportunities for tourism in this sea of modern development. With very little emphasis given to these conservation sites the precincts and their built fabric is slowly deteriorating and is being replaced by tall buildings. The tall buildings cast shadows on the lower buildings at most times of the day. The age old preparation of making bottled masala and other such practices have stopped due the city crawling in.




Aim The streets are central to the project as they are the only component that is left of the public realm. Improving the streets and making them more pedestrian friendly is essential.

In an ideal world, the designers of a city would be its inhabitants, and governments would have assigned powers to individuals who help mould the suburb and its environment.

Structure The structure includes a more focused micro level of solving at a street level - a more Bottom-Up approach (new)

The Bandra Project aims to understand and actively engage with the tangible and intangible aspects of this vibrant suburb. To allow for an in-depth understanding to a very small pixel size, we walked every street, listing and analysing built forms, open spaces, monuments and landmarks, to a list of diverse criteria, in an effort to quantify the suburb’s pedestrian response and map all aspects of pedestrian-friendly Bandra. We have also looked out for design opportunities and conducted pilot programs to understand public response and to learn from mistakes. Now the bandra project is about providing urban inserts to enhance the pedestrian experience in the suburb. The inserts scale from Systems to products in an urban scale spanning from macro to micro level interventions.

Target audience The target audience includes all the stake holders and largely the community inhabiting the suburb. Product It can be any form of urban interventions backed up with pixel detail studies of each and every street. Approach The bandra project boils down to the realm of heritage conservation, but due to the heaviness in the term and complications attached to it, we approach heritage conservation through Pedestrianising bandra.


Pop-up exhibition in Jude bakery conducted by ‘The Busride Studio’. As a compilation of Neelam’s mapping

Vivek seth’s design solution matrix, for Ranwar - A portal to find user responses charted against design interventions.

A walk conducted by Zameer Basrai during the pop-up exhibition.

Mapping Bandra through 3 maps - Heights of buildings, Greencover, Pedestrian spines, Best of bandra, Age of building. Made by Neelam Das.

Urban insert for signage at night by Akhil Mistery, prototype and tested.

Gypsy kitchen - a spin off from The Bandra Project. Now, almost a reality - soon Jude bakery will be converted to a gypsy kitchen initiated by Ayaz Basrai.



Bandra project is now a four year long inquiry into the future and issues that face the active community of Bandra. The Bandra project aims to address Heritage conservation, Pedestrianism and a host of other Urban design initiatives. While we have a lot of the hard data collected over four years of research and mapping, we would like you to enter the project with a fresh perspective and immerse yourself in the subject matter to create a set deliverables for the Studio. The scope of this project will be to take in all the data created by The Bandra Project so far and compile it in form that can be put forth before a lager audience. The data collected includes hard survey informations, summarised interviews, long blogs, architectural analysis, pilot projects and a lot of scattered information. Keeping the objectives in mind, a publication was an important and relevant medium to consider.(Initial thoughts) A Publication: A style guide / Citizen portraiture / Mapping formatting / Heritage guidelines / City manual style publication that we would aim to publish as a guide to building in Bandra.


As,we proceed in the document you will encounter similar pages with documentations of windows. This was a initiative i started as a part of the bandra project documenting windows of bandra. It was conducted in instagram with #thebusridestudio and #thebandraproject. So,that it would be taken forward by others too.



Some concept sketches of urban design solutions


Below is the narrative structure of the book 1. Using the same structure I will be explaining my design process.




This section will be thanking all those people who are a part of The Bandra Project. A few milestones in the project will be mentioned here.

This part is actually the core of the project,This talks about the studio’s stand in The Bandra Project and their vision. It also talks about the concepts and ideologies that influenced us.

Content page- Content edit, Narrative Street types- Categorisation/Classification Introduction to street analysis- Street sections Street mapping-Plan Street characteristic features- Info graphics Street analysis- Chart sheets and survey Street documentation-Techniques Street Elements-Selection, Analysis sheets Solution-Design direction,finalising Style guide-Explorations


The philosophy of the book - The idea was to praise Bandra and not to bury it. It involves recordings a lot in terms of pedestrianisation and street experience that is existing in Bandra. In that sense, the book has a very optimistic approach towards the direction bandra is heading towards. The streets and lanes are analysed, and things working well are highlighted and shared. So that it can set standards for other suburbs. Then Urban inserts are plugged in to enhance the full experience and touch down a utopian situation through solutions provided by the studio.

LEARNING FROM BANDRA Learning from bandra is a working title of the book,which is inpired by the book Learning from ‘Las vegas’. Below are some explorations done for the cover page of the book



Initially, plotting out different already recognized street types helped me to start off with some data. Regular walks were done to identify and confirm street types. Systematic checks were done with Zameer to validate the enquiries. After a long process of identifying street-types they were put together under seven categories. Streets were pushed into each category studying their characteristic feature and figuring out a pattern, which would then help us understand the category that it falls into. The classification is on the basis of use in some places and geography in others. RESIDENTIAL: Residential both sides Residential bylane Residential with onside hires Residential with both side hires

INSTITUTION: Institution on both sides Institution on one side commercial/residential The content page is very important to derive the structure of a book. The content page made us question the existing narrative structure, which had a set of five to six design options under each street element. For example, ‘Parking’ had parking lots, single sided parking, diagonal parking and so on. What was missing through the previous documents that I scanned through, was the sensitivity and customized solutions for various street types. To fix this, we categorized the streets of bandra, in the way that they are used.


MIXED USE: Mixed use(Commercial) Mixed use (Residential) PROMENADE: Residential type Commercial type HAMLET: Main road type Bylane type

Map by Neelam Das

COMMERCIAL: Commercial type:1 Commercial type :2

The List on the left side is the first draft and the one on the right is the finalised chart. As you can see a lot of editing was done to concise the data collection and make it crisp. Some of the notable changes were as follows: -Removing institutional type and commercial type -Adding only pedestrian type, informal settlements and open public spaces.

type of street

similar street types

section cut across

8 *The final content page along with the streets identified in each category presented at the meeting


Page layout for introduction page, in street analysis section

Explorations of the detailed section drawing showcasing the general street pattern of the specific street-type (institution - residential)

INTRODUCTION TO STREET ANALYSIS This page talks about the process to decide what the first page of each street opens up with. The priority was to give a complete idea of the street specifics, and this was achieved through a very technical approach which emphasized on keeping the audience in mind. Before getting into the solution, we thought we should analyze the streets first. This would help connect the reader to the solution which is the main aim of the book. It is kind of like generating a background story for the solutions. The content used in this section of the book wasn’t available in the data collected so far, so we had to start off from scratch.

The following colour palette was picked to use as background for each street section introduction. We divided the content of this page into three parts 1. 2. 3.


Street section and its process Street characteristic features Street plan



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The section drawings are at the heart of the street analysis. The street section depicts the generic feature of that particular street type. The drawings helped us to bring out the buildinghuman co-relationship in a street scenario. For example, how the height of compound wall to a human scale matters. Scale was one of the important factors that the section put forward.

The process included walking on streets, with the ‘on field charts’ to identify the street type followed by photo documentation. The street was then analysed and an area was chosen to cut across. The selection process was done on site and a series of photographs were then clicked in order to replicate in Autocad later. Sometimes if the distance between two buildings were too less, we ended up sketching them for fixing later.

The core aim of this exercise was to document the street activities and infrastructure in order to have a complete analysis including human interaction. The medium was Autocad since we felt that it was necessary to communicate it to the builders and BMC as well- As a spin off idea, the studio is also looking to document old heritage structures in and around bandra keeping in mind the short-term public memory.





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Drawings not to scale

Perry road, Bandra- this is a street cross section with residential buildings on both sides (main road type).Drafted by the busride studio

This shows the detail to which each section is pushed to represent the idea of the street technically. This is Priscilla Villa on Perry Road.

Sectional drawing produced by, The busride studio



Drawing not to scale

Following are some of the sections drafted by volunteers Karishma Panchal, Srishti , Aarushi Bafna, Saha, Simran Rohira and Simran,M. The studio sent out a facebook post calling in for volunteers for a week workshop on drawing sections of bandra. They were briefed about the project after which they set out on field. A first cut on all the sections of different streets have already been done. The detailing of each is yet to be done by the studio now.

Drawing not to scale

Section: Through Chapel road and Waroda road, Hamlet type(type -1) Section: Chapel road - Waroda road, Hamlet(main type)

Section: Bazaar road -inner lanes, bazaar type 38


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Section: Linking road, Mixed use -commercial type

Section: Carter road, Commercial promenade type



2. STREET CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES The street type had to be conceived in such a way that it can be replicated by the other streets also. For example, I, sitting in Ahmedabad, should be able to look outside and associate that street with a street in Bandra. So, we came up with the idea of representing the street’s character features through pictograms. The street would be measured using respective parameters. This was made part of the field analysis and each street was observed for identifying unique features.


A more customized approach was necessary in designing the pictograms but due to the lack of infrastructure and time, that idea was dropped. Akhil was a student who was part of The Bandra Project who started an enquiry in this domain which we could take forward to generate customized pictograms for Bandra. The pictograms below include cottages, hires, churches, institutions, public buildings, mosques and smaller g+1 .

The parameter varied from whether it is available, to how much percentage of area it occupies, average vehicle passing per given time to specific building types, vendors count to commercial zones and so on.


Plan: Bandra Residential area, St.Cyril Road, St.Leo, Hill Road, Perry Road



As sections were cut across different street-types we understood that it was important to provide it with a context. The context should be like a plan which shows the surrounding and where the section is cut from. How we went about it? First, we selected a road and walked it entirely to get an idea of how big it is. Observation was key here. Then, once we got the gist of it, we identified a section which represented the street-type. These were two or three sections at first. After which, a few of the scenarios were incorporated into a single section to come up with an inclusive street section drawing, representing that street-type. Once the section is selected, we mapped it out on a plan. 50 meters on right and 50 meters on left were selected to analyze the street - open areas and floor counts were recorded. Neelam’s map benefited us here information-wise and it also helped us to cross check the existing data.

#Perry road plan 100m stretch



How do you document a street? I didn’t have any answer for that. The only way to find out was to jump into it. I just did what intuitively came to me. This approach was the result of walking the streets with a sketch book. Using my learnings from urban E.P.(Environmental Perception) where we documented streets and people, I realized that I was working towards an architectural book. This would require documenting different types of architectural elements. I first selected a street and started drawing out architectural and street features, interesting sections, windows, walls, elevation and so on. I realised that every five meters there was something different and unique and this process could be a never ending one. The studio also showed concern in the representation technique as they were looking for a more technical approach involving CAD drawing, survey charts and sheets.




Analysis for Perry road ,Residential type 49


Analysis for St.Leo road ,Residential type 51


Street infrastructure





Compound wall Road

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STREET ELEMENTS Initially, during my walks, it was really confusing to decide the parameters on which the street should be analysed. In a city there are numerous aspects which stare back at you with infinite possibilities. Finding an order in something like a city which is organic was really stressful. One of the idea was to utilize the street cross-section to analyse the street elements and therefore represent through a sectional drawing. So, what were the street elements? They had to have the ability to adapt itself in all the street-types analysis. After a lot of checks within the studio, the following were the main street elements we finalized to analyse.

We first chose one street - Perry Road and tried numerous techniques to analyse it before coming to conclusions. We tried urban sketched analysis and photographic ones too. We uses a lot of software such as ‘Wonobo’ (website) which has a hyper-detail street view with photographs. This helped us find what we had missed out during the analysis. On the left is screen shot of ‘Street Mix’ - an online software to roughly understand street scale entirely drafting it on Autocad. We used Google Maps as well.

On field chart #1st draft



The following chart was prepared with the help of Zameer. These sheets were provided to all the volunteers who cut the sections and filled-it up. I personally didn’t entirely understand how to go about reading this sheet .The parameters were confusing so I thought the help of trained architects and planners might just do the trick. But even they couldn’t understand what certain sections stood for or how do we asses it and on what bases. Therefore, I feel the chart needs to be looked into again.


The following sheets are street analysis of perry road, st.leo and linking road starting from the right.


Here are some filled-up forms during the field-study. Initially it was just walking streets and filling in data. Perry Road was a case study to figure out a system. This was a sample that could be followed by other studies to make data collection easier.


DESIGN SOLUTIONS After a three hour long discussion with the Basrai brothers and few experts from the industry, we came up with 46 design direction. The directions were build on existing areas already investigated by the bandra project through projects of student interns and from the studio itself.



Form  and  function,Alternative  uses


Material  study,New  material,  Ideal  situation  


Customized  design,Value  addition


Ramps,Drains,Material,Universal  design


Handicap  friendly  streets


Interms  of  design,International  references  


Identifying,Allocation(Type:  Diagonal,oneside)


Design,System  Design(Shared,Behaviour)


Additional  functionalities,Art,Ubiquity


Transforming  Furniture.\Public  seating


Public:dividers,footpaths,planters(Shade  provider),Private:  Front   garden,Porch,Window,Balcony,Compound  Wall(Herbgarden,window)


Complex  walls,Public  seats,transprency,Tall  compound  walls,Small  Compound   wall,Street  art


Pedestrian  area,Furniture  lanes,Vechicular  paths,  Cycling  tracks  


Massing,Fcades,Porch,Staircase,balcony,terrace,doors,gate,compound  wall


Massing,Fcades,Porch,Staircase,balcony,terrace,doors,gate,compound  wall


Types  existing  analysis,internal  layout  designs


Analysis  if  existing,Application  of  it(International  examples),Guidelines


Building  design  solutions,Detailing  and  mechanics


Stores,Homestays,Café/Libraries,Open  House  museums


Publication,Information  on  materials,What  to  use  when,DIY,Who  to  call  for   what?contact  details




Heritage  Walks  (Material  inlays),Labels  on  Heritage  structures  with   Information  about  the  building  and  its  history


With:  Social  messages,Graffiti,Value  addition(Wayfinding)


Garden  inserts,Lamps,Hanging  gardens,Art  installations


Using  Decapitated  structures  ,On  street  elements,Waste  space


DIY,  Pop-­‐up  gardens,Indentifing  oppertunities,Aldo  Vanic


Finding  oppertunities,Reacting  to  site


Volume  Level,Mapping,Noise  reduction  urban  solutions


Why  it’s  a  good  thing,Important  spines  to  walk  on


Skywalks,Installation,Inserts 59


System,Identifying  areas,Micro  economy,Events(Chuim/bazaar  rd:free  market)


Ativity  mapping,Systems,geographic  plan  and  activation


Wayfinding,Trffic  control  system,utilization  of  trafic  islands,Value   addition,Inserting  Cornished




U  turns,Only  pedestrian  areas,Time  constrains


System,Relationship  with  parking


Infrastructure,Facilities,Smart  furnitures


Public  toilets,SystemDesign,Availability,Accessibility,


System  design,Ideal  situation  pitc


Street  stalk  holders,Awareness  program,Who  to  call  for  what?


Design  streetscape,Transfer  development  plan,FSI  in  local  areas,Different  CRZ


Setting  up  ALM


Existing  street  blocks,  Idel  situations


Concept  sketchs,Collaborative  projects,International  references  

Above are some of the design solutions compiled by Chandani. It has street element briefly analysed and the two to three design options for each. Solutions were represented trough rough sketches and image references.

Some flaws i felt it had: Street element analysed very at random and not in great depth,In sensitivity towards street types(hamlet,commercial,promenade), rough sketches and photomantages. Each direction having great possibility .






These are some of my designs, Initially, I just started of designing solutions through referencing the analysis chart. Most of my solutions came from the analysis. In fig:1, is the ‘cornish’ concept which already half exists at Perry Road. It was hi-res with a chamfered edge thus creating space at a corner. This lead to me thinking of a public space there..

Fig:2, Talks about my observation of the building forms and How voids are important in a concrete structure to make it look breathing (lived in).


A list of 46 design directions were arrived at the end of the meeting with the Basrai brothers. The meeting was audio recorded along with notes. Later on it was edited to remove repetition and overlapping. This was then presented before a group of seven people experts at different field for the final round of evaluation.


This meeting was an eye opener for the studio in terms of the scale of the project. Most of the design directions were appreciated but the vast number (of design solutions) was criticised. Considering the studio’s scale and infrastructure their was a lot of things which fell outside the scope of what was plausible. The studio is equipped to handle bottom-up approaches. Therefore, the top-down approach was withheld before going any further.

The need of the studio to be more descriptive and not prescriptive was a major realisation. The bottom-up approach was kept in mind, because the people and the residents of Bandra should be constantly aware of these issue, the progress and possibilities. It fell under the scope of the studio too.

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Are sectional drawings doing justice in terms communication? I seriously doubted it. How can we capture the street characteristic and analysis a street through section. What I observed was while I was walking the movement forward was what showed me the street .A sectional drawing is some what like you stopping and looking in front; does that really capture a street? Its just two building on either sides and the road in between them, what about the other building and its permutations and combinations? 66

Another thing that I observed was that analysing street elements individually didn’t make sense .For me, the street infrastructure wasn’t in isolation - it was all about coexistence. Above are few scenarios that I sketched out to show why scenarios are important and how street elements work together and not individually.

This was a section drawn by Aarushi. It was interesting how a perspective section have more information about the street. Even though this kind of warps the scale. I thought that a little more exploration regarding the representation of sections was required, or even an investigation of other way of documenting a street. Since I felt the true essence of the street was lost through representing it in a section drawing.




These are some representation technique explorations for the solution. For the book, the three main display techniques were 1. Plan 2. Section and 3. Isometric Drawings. The plan and section helped us to understand the architectural measurements and solutions. The isometric drawing was to represent scenarios, because it was observed that at the street-level, elements weren’t just individual features acting, but they were interconnected and inter-dependant. For such complicated design situations we used the isometric grid to represent our ideas

Type1: Facade photographs with minimum perspective acting. Cropped architecture that did not necessarily show the entire elevation but showed a portion of the entire building. This technique was mostly used in areas with narrow lanes where it was difficult to photograph the entire building.

Type2: Swatches of Elements. These were graphical compositions found in the city. This was an unusual way of looking at a city. It captured the micro details and highlights the beautiful colours and textures found in a city.

Type3: This captured the full elevation of the structure, with a bit of the skyline. These photographs were taken to be used as part of the illustrations, to highlight building forms. Perspective was also kept to a minimum. A bit of the surrounding was also included with people and other street elements like roads, walls and so on.

Type4: This involved isolating architectural elements such as doors, windows and so on. We documented the beautiful features and visual treatments. Some of these were also used for ‘The windows of Bandra’ initiative.








We decided to capture a lot of intangibles in the style guide section. One of the inspirations which lead to this exploration on the right was from my interaction with the people in Bandra. Apart from the architects and designers there were very few people who appreciated the architecture of Bandra. To them, it was just another building .We found the ‘windows of New York’ a great reference for showcasing architecture and putting it a format that the audience might have not seen. Vector art was one of the technique which worked well to highlight the visual and formative quality of architecture. It cleans thing up with its neat lines and brings out the motifs and patterns hidden inside the architecture very well.

Here in this photograph perspective is kept mild and understated as far as possible. To mellow down the background and highlight the foreground we decided to make it black and white. We approached this with thick and thin lines to play with depth. These spreads were proposed in the style guide part.




This style originated while I was playing around with a photo using a white pen to mark things. I wanted to make this my style to create an experiential map of Bandra. I wanted to use Neelam’s pedestrian paths and document experience through it using this illustration style .

I was in search of a style that balances the technical aspect of the book as well as the style guide. The concept was to have a book which prescribes a lot of solutions but is also sensitive to the fact that a lot of design interventions are already happening in Bandra. For example, here is a street furniture at Bazaar Road. The furniture piece is marked with thick and thin lines almost imitating or mocking Autocad technical drawings.


STYLE GUIDE ILLUSTRATION TYPE-3 In this exploration, the colonial architecture has been documented through colour vectorization of windows, balconies, doors and such architectural details of the street. This evoked a more humane emotive touch and had an artful edge compared to the other explorations. It also helped us to highlight the architectural details such as Decorative Eves-board, Motifs etc. Putting a photo, was not to lose its context and to make people aware of the beauty behind these residential houses they pass by everyday. 78


“The breeze, beer and the music - those were the days.”


“ I love this spot where I am sitting now. I had to fight to get it.”


People are an integral part of a city. As I was analysing the streets and finding solutions, it became important to talk to people and get to know their perspective on the Bandra through their stories and street relationship. I wanted to listen to their stories anecdotes, expressions, opinion and ideas. Talking to people was inevitable while clicking photographs .Inspired from the blog, Humans of New York we thought we should have these humane elements inserted in the hard covered technical book make it feel more personal. I even shared few design directions with them to understand and observe their reaction to it. The flip side is me getting chased by a guy for clicking his house. People constantly asking whether i am developer. I also realised how gender became an important aspect to get your way through situations. As a guy people were not as inviting and always had a suspicion.

“I have been coming here since my childhood, I love this market�



Zine A zine (zeen; an abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine) is most commonly a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier. A popular definition includes that circulation must be 1,000 or fewer, although in practice the majority are produced in editions of less than 100, and profit is not the primary intent of publication. They are informed by anarchopunk and DIY ethos. Zines are written in a variety of formats, from desktop published text to comics to handwritten text (an example being the hardcore punk zine Cometbus). Print remains the most popular zine format, usually photocopied with a small circulation. Topics covered are broad, including fanfiction, politics, art and design, ephemera, personal journals, social theory, riot grrrl and intersectional feminism, single topic obsession, or sexual content far enough outside of the mainstream to be prohibitive of inclusion in more traditional media. The time and materials necessary to create a zine are seldom matched by revenue from sale of zines. -Wikipedia O


RE-DEFINED BRIEF Soon after the BIG meeting, a round of discussion led to redefining the brief : Mainly due to few factors such as • Certain change of beliefs. • The decision to have a more manageable bottom-up approach that would be feasible to implement the studio. • The idea to have a more descriptive than prescriptive direction • Achieving a tangible end product for me • Deadlines and Time - we were already three months into the project. The zine will be a documentation of the studios’ design direction and thus it will act as a guide for the future ventures that The Bandra Project may take up.


July 21, 2014 Letter from Ayaz

The studio run Bandra project is a culmination of 4 years of research, mapping, experiments, and various connected initiatives. We have not had the chance to consolidate this research for a bunch of reasons, The studio feel primarily this comes down to the diversity of mediums where this information resides. Most information resident in the studio is either in heavy academic books, or in opaque forms (maps / information matrix) or in lengthy blogs / linear un-summarised documents. The thrust of your project is to look at this vast amount of data, and summarise it in a manner that is understandable for various stakeholders in the Bandra Project. The book / film / exhibition / merchandise all are various ways in which this can be achieved. Phase1: The Book as discussed has 3 sections. 1. *Introductions / acknowledgements / readings and papers 2. *Analysis and sections / street analysis / pictures / scenarios + Style Guide 3. Scenarios and solutions. The BIG change from our meeting is to split the 3rd section into 2 parts. One part is the identification of areas of potential work. This will be done through provocative design statements and artefacts created from the 47 different solutions identified. For convenience we will date all these artefacts few years into the future where we assume the Utopian Bandra exists, and we are hypothesising all these scenarios and creating objects from that experienced future in detail. We would like you to tackle as many of these solutions in a tangential, extremely detailed way. These will form the crux of the Phase 2, that will be taken up as individual experiments by the studio, for prototyping. We will put out the book in a zine format for sure, and lets see if we can still get some publisher interest for it, but I feel we can focus on creating a really feel-good publication for residents / interested Bandra-philes, and others without thinking too much about the BMC / Builders / Municipal scene etc. - lets pull out a really nice slick publication that looks and feels super premium.


*Section 1and 2 where dropped as the projected proceeded,Because it was too much to handle, So ‘Learning from bandra’ the book is structurally figured out and submitted so that it can be reopened and worked upon when the studio decides to.


Unbox 2013 Zine was the first reference that came up when the brief was re-defined A few observations about the zine: -The energy and the treatment was very fresh and unlike anything that I had seen before -The zine was put together practically in six days. -Multiplied transparency effect on the images. -Presence of process noise. -Sketchy and doodle-y treatment of information collection. -It wasn’t a direct way of communication. Generating content was in the form of documentation. But, in my case the content had to be generated by myself. The half done look with intentional glitches, textured over layers and skeuomorphic treatments were areas that I was excited to explore.


What does the zine talk about?



This is what we have done (design solutions and directions)

This is how we envision the future of Bandra’s pedestrian culture

This is how we think it will effect your life

Share the studio’s vision

A conversation starter

Experimental approach


A game plan for the studio to follow

Bosco and friends,at ranwar village bandra,taken as part of people and street section 87

CONTENT GENERATION Initially, I felt like I was more dependant on architects and planners to generate data in Book 1 - Learning from Bandra. With limited people in the studio, it was hard to produce a book for builders and planners at an urban scale providing solution for all micro and macro design problems. Even the studio felt that they couldn’t maximize my potential in this domain because it had to do with a lot of architectural jargon and well researched street data. The Utopian Bandra (the Book 2) required a whole new outlook towards the project. Among the first few tasks, one was to start writing about utopian bandra with all the 46 design directions in mind. The challenge was to focus on one thing at a time. Though I know its not wrong to visualise in the beginning, I tried not to do so, because it became a bit confusing when both data collection and visualization collided. The issue was that the topic had too many possibilities. With the urban scale it is always a challenge to focus at one point and make sense of things, since everything is so interdependent and contextual. The Bandra Project also looks at the entire social fabric surrounding it as subject of interest. To get started was the biggest task.


There was a lot of time spent thinking about the different probabilities of events that could take place and how to prioritize between them. For instance, while I am tackling a compound wall, should green-cover come in or should ubiquity technology? Should it just be the wall we are talking about and how people interact with it? This problem was kind of tackled by creating some generic characters, seen in and around bandra. Once these characters were flushed out in terms of their daily routine and so on, strategically placed products (Artefacts/solutions) are put into the plots. As we continued writing, I explored different writing styles for the narrative structure. That would help us to start detailing things and get a rough idea of the overall narrative. The process was kind of like a zoom-in and zoom-out method.



The content generation for the zine had to be done from zilch. I had to identify areas already existing in the project which will help with the script. The interviews and the blog in Vivek’s document helped me understand the mindset of people and how they responded to direction towards a better pedestrian street. The Blog had explicit spatial description of the streets of Bandra such as BandStand, Mount Mary steps, Bazaar Road , Chuim, Sherlyrajan and Ranwar. People and their streets In Book 1 we wanted to put together a section called ‘People and their Streets’ which was people composed against their space or street and the whole process included talking to the subject and getting to know stories of street-types that they related to.

people and streets#1, Mr.periera

people and streets#2, Mrs.sushila


Interview On the left side you have Mr. Periera with his dog. ‘Maybe’ he is a resident at Veronica Streets .The way we approached people was to start off with some generic question and then get into more architectural details and their street relationship. One of Mr. Periera’s echoing statements were, “The doors are getting closed; I used to remember when I could walk into a house drink water and go out without them knowing”. These interactions with people for the ‘people and street relation’ opened up my eyes about how they are not really concerned about the things an urban planner or architect will be concerned about. These stories where used to flesh out a rich environment for utopian bandra. The solution from the studio was made as humane and believable as possible, through people’s reaction and interaction to make it exist close to reality.

Analysing the blog The blog is a concise compilation of Vivek’s journey with The Bandra Project. When the project kicked off, he had to walk all over Bandra documenting his experience in Bandra and compiling it in a blog format. My stay My stay in Bandra was the best resource for me to look into. Whenever I felt stuck or don’t know what to do all I needed to do was to take a walk and talk to people, from the Ruburt selling the mutton potato chop to Judy aunty (my landlord). Each one of then had a different tale to unravel. Most of the personalities in the book are inspired by real life characters but are fictionalized to fit the script. Initially, I was a bit shy to talk to people but the fact I was staying there, helped people trust me and helped me open up to them which took a good one month. I realized the importance to having a constant connection with my subjects.

A post from Vivek’s blog, from the year 2010


BROAD APPROACHES Before writing about the Utopian Bandra, it was important to list out the factors and stake holders that effect a street and its pedestrian culture. An urban insert can only run smoothly with a inclusive design outlook. From an old man on the street to a kid with bubbling energy everyone should be able find a bit of themselves in the newly building world. This was very challenging to achieve. The broad list of factors which will effect the design were now plotted down, to come up with interesting co-existence models and human reaction patterns. This chart also helped to tap areas which were unexplored in terms of creating interesting scenarios for design solutions.


One of the reasons we chose Bandra was that in terms of pedestrianization and street culture, it was already at a good place in these areas. So we are hypothesising that Bandra will soon become a ideal suburb. ‘Future of cities’ is a concept which has already been in the radar for urban planners and thinkers and is a hot debate topic. The Involvement of technology will also experimented with. Thus, expecting Bandra to soon fall into a ideal situation, we selected to write about Bandra in near future(2019).


CASE- STUDIES This book is a history dilettante’s delight. The director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor has taken 100 objects from their vast collection of artefacts and just, uses them to plot the progress of humanity from early the stone ages through to the present day. It was a project of BBC Radio 4 and the British Museum, comprising a 100-part radio series written and presented by British Museum director Neil MacGregor. In 15-minute presentations broadcast on weekdays on Radio 4, MacGregor used objects of ancient art, industry, technology and arms, all of which are in the British Museum’s collections, as an introduction to parts of human history. The series, four years in planning, began on 18 January 2010 and was broadcast over 20 weeks. A book to accompany the series, A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor, was published by Allen Lane on 28 October 2010. [2] The entire series is also available for download along with an audio version of the book for purchase. The British Museum won the 2011 Art Fund Prize for its role in hosting the project.

- It was absolutely exciting to see how the story of the world was revealed through objects. -The value of objects in human life and the stories they hide themselves was very interesting to see. -Relationship between object and the human.


UnBox LABS in its fourth edition gathers individuals, ideas and actions for human centric, multi-disciplinary, collaborative exploration around these and other questions that look at new notions of the future of our cities. Continuing with the ethos of the UnBox Festival, the lab brings together a cohort of 35 extremely talented and experienced creative practitioners and researchers from the UK and India, with a group of established mentors from diverse fields, to collaborate on and seed exciting ideas that respond to the challenges of our collective urban futures. The medium of representing an urban idea in this case study is what intrigued me. Renders and photo-montages or those endless books are the frequently seen medium used to share urban ideas. Ayaz Basrai, who currently heads the busride studio, was part of this project (case study to the left). Thus, the idea to take a similar approach for The Bandra Project was lingering in his head too. How it helps the zine narrative: -To represent more than 50 design directions without detailing everyone of them. -Objects are intricately related to people but not used too frequently as the main mode to tell a story, which makes it a maverick way to tell a story.


CONCEPT OUTLINE The concept originated through realising how important objects are to our life. How stories are embedded in these non living tactile forms and how they can serve as portals to reveal the ideal pedestrian suburb. Objects need an owner and an environment to exist in so other than the artefact, the scenario and the characters interacting with becomes a pivotal point to develop the story around. This was an attempt to do the uncommon, instead of talking about the world through a persons point of view. We added an extra layer to the story, such as a people’s view point through artefacts around him. This was a fresh approach for storytelling. This indirect way of story-telling raised a lot of questions and the only way to answer them was to start writing to get clarity on the concept it self. As a spatial designer, my challenge was to create these hyperrealistic objects of the future. 1. The plan was to tackle most of the top-down such as a revamping of a footpath, inserts under the flyover, form of building, FRZ through evidence to prove their existence in the world. 2. The bottom-up solutions which were do-able by us were actually created and tested with actual human interaction.


Certain terms and what they stand for in the project :

Solution, Solution refers to all the design direction taken

by, ‘The Busride Studio’ for making Bandra an ideal pedestrian suburb. Such as a multi utility traffic islands, window gardens, jogging paths, way-finding and so on.


What are the Artefacts of utopian bandra?

Is when characters interacts with a newly built world, where the solutions are the scenario or the solution is part of the scenario.

Artefact can be an event, a conversation, an object, an evidence of the existence of the object or event.

*Working title fo r the zine


#Why pedestrianisation is the base concept even for story telling, As we discussed earlier, the core concept of The Bandra Project is to tackle heritage conservation through pedestrianism. A more active citizen will lead to a more active city. As most of the studio’s analysis and design solutions are aimed at pedestrianizing the suburb, it was valid to keep to them on their feet interacting with the world. Moving people also showed how spaces are interconnected and interdependent to one another. It also shows how a certain solution may not work at all street types. The solution either adapts depending on the context or it doesn’t exist.

Pedestrian map done by neelam das

With movement as one of the key feature on structuring the story, I decided to take reference from Neelam’s map of Bandra with pedestrian walk ways, heritage building and the best of Bandra to map out scenarios and make sure to not miss out the best of Bandra. The map was also helpful in structuring the scenarios.


CONTENTS PAGE(ZINE) Chuim a fishermen village hamlet type, goes only pedestrian day every alternate Sundays .

Petricia’s feedback book

Linking road a mixed use commercial type street, houses one of the first multifunctioned traffic island.

The lost and found box

Perry road a both sides residential type, a day in a Perry Road which has a its pedestrian experience enhanced.

The radio station

Ranwar a hamlet type village turns cultural hub with new café’s,reading spaces and many more attracting people from cross cultures

A Doc-kit from Mr.

Chapel road and bazaar road hamlet type and bazaar type

Lucy aunty’s shopping bag

The 5 chapters of the zine

Artefact selection In order to bring in a logic to the selection of artefacts, they were identified in all different street-types, thus covering possible street scenarios in an all encompassing manner. This filter is adapted from the previous exploration, learning from Bandra, where design solutions were customised for each street-type as they were very contextual in nature. Site selection These are the sites with maximum potential to play a role in utopian bandra. I’m not saying that the rest are not worthy of it but since we had to choose a street that serves as a model street-type very well, we had to chose a place with urban utilities to enhance the location. 99

PROCESS OF SCRIPTWRITING These are few of the permutations and combinations which I used to approach the story-telling of the urban utopia. I realised that there are mainly three zone in which the story can revolve around. Scenario(Event/Activity), the Character itself and then the Artefact (Solutions/evidences) This structure was formulated as such after finalizing the draft in the end in a retrospective view. I think that there were some loose ended thoughts and potential directions, which I then tested by writing and discussing with people.













Pick one and start writing |> 100


Thoughts are fluid. I took out my paper and pen and started to jot down ideas that came into my head. I first started off writing about people and their day to day routines - I was constantly jumping from character to character. This was to just get myself started writing, since this was never my forte. I did initially suggest that they hire a copywriter to help me out with the writing part. That would help me spend more time on the narrative and the visual language.


SCENARIO #1 : Only pedestrian Sundays: Sundays have always been special for the people of Bandra, its when uncle Sam decides to clean his front garden, Its when Mary aunty planes to cook some delicious chicken curry with rice to feed her grand kids, it when Rahim decides to fix his cycle and plan to go cycling in the promenade with his collage friends and its when Radhya can spent the whole day playing with out been called back home. But today Suresh, from the village of chuim is busy on his cycle with the flyer for the open Sunday market at chuim. Before the mass begins he is supposed to deliver it to every church as well distribute it among the people of Bandra from taxi Walla’s to suited men working on Sundays to all the people at bazaar road, notice, bandstand, all those kids playing at the parks all around the suburb. It also had to be put up on the notice boards of apartments, villages and housing colonies. As Suresh spreads the word across Bandra, chuim isn’t sleeping. Claire is excited today as her name has been printed on the flyer’s, she is preparing her favourite goan fish curry she is excited about the entire process. She loves feeding people and always wanted to be a cook since childhood. Stephen her husband claims that the one reason he married her was her cooking “ what else?” He is her biggest critic, but today they are teaming up to work the magic, as Stephan as been thinking since a week, how to decorate his veranda to present the food? As time was nearing by he had to do something quick pulling in help from Ron and rohani his kids. He ended up decorating with some old Christmas decorations, he was almost going to hang the star too,then Ron looked at him and laughed. With Claire’s too opinion on it, He had to take it off.


Nandan and Rosita sprang up as early as 7! They were damn excited for today. Mainly for two reasons, one there is no school today and second there is no vehicle today on their street. After every pedestrian Sunday market day, with heavy hearts they wait for two weeks to pass by. Their energy was incomparable, they were running around the neighbourhood collecting people to play cricket, the matches will continue till or before lunch, when Aunty Jessie’s juice shop, opens its milkshake counter!. As they are making teams Paul asks Rosita, “I hope she makes guava shake today!” A shining ‘player of the month’, badge is also visible on Paul’s collar. Bruno the dog is just waking up with the buzzing sound of the street, there is ladies sweeping the veranda and parts of the road. Boards of respective stalls are put up and by almost 9:30 people have start moving into the street. A group of volunteers wearing jackets says “pedestrian day!“ helps the people with cars to park it at the open field near the promenade close to where the children’s match is happening. As usual Aunty Petricia is incharge of the feedback counter, were people who visited can write in there feed backs about the initiative,the food, events etc.

SCENARIO #2 :HUMAN BEHAVIOUR Suresh is a person who is really proud of what he does, a rickshaw driver. Even as a child he had immense crazy for driving cars and motorbikes. He is now married to sheela and they have a daughter. Suresh takes his rickshaw walla career very seriously; He says, I give respect to my fellow passengers and I get respect from them. He is also very passionate about his cycle and loves to ride it around the city whenever he gets time. His favourite pass time is to take the family on his cycle till the land’s end and stare at the sea from there. He also loves pedestrian days, as most of the by lanes will be empty and it’s a great time to cycle around, especially with your daughter on your back seat, we had a fun ride me showing her and explaining her thing as we ride around Suresh, loves having people around him and takes immense pleasure in helping out in community events he recently was part of the ‘clean the city campaign’ held at the reclamation area. He believes that we are responsible for the community that we live in and we are the capable of making changes.

The idea was just start writing and face the road and tackle it on the way

APPROACH #2 Methodology: The writing exercise (approach #1) was just to get things rolling. The main reference points while writing about utopian bandra were the blog write-ups, the people and street-sections (From the previous book, Learning from Bandra) which were backed by interviews of people and my stay in bandra. The story here has less emphasis on artefacts and more on the activities and the character itself. In this approach I thought was necessary to embed the artefacts to make it more real. But this ended up becoming very time consuming in building up the background. The idea of taking a main scenario, though, did kind of help us to have a constrained space and event to write about. For example, Here in the Scenario #1 Chuim’s (A hamlet type area) only Pedestrian Day is the bigger event with lot of smaller activities happening around it. It was very difficult to focus on a single artefact, and stop bringing other related artefacts of that utopian world at different points of the story. So it was hard to create one big scenario but boil it down into one artefact which gives it all information about that event. This approach helped us to get more clarity over the intangible aspects of human behaviour which was an important part of the newly built world. If people didn’t react the way we make them react, most of the ideas (of the bandra project) are just futile.


When the area for a divide is given more value addition, people writing blogs about the transformation of dividers is a very humane insert. A newspaper article on divider helping people during rain.

One day when the divider provided shade for the pedestrians getting wet on commercial street.

#Shade providing dividers


Visualisation #Scenario #Artefact #Evidence #Exhibition

APPROACH #3 Methodology: Visualising the end product was kind of necessary since it was difficult to know how people will interact with it. I approached this with an idea of putting up a exhibition of Bandra in the near future. As an exhibition designer it was easier for me to visualise in three-dimensional space. As you can see in the concept sheets to the left, most of them are the products (future artefacts) themselves and the rest are evidences of the existence of these products. Here the approach was opposite to what was happening in the first one - where people and situation was later added on. I have tried and visualised a scenario, with good enough detail of the solution both tangible and intangible. Certain display techniques of exhibiting is also explored. In this approach what was not working well for the studio was that the artefacts needed to be designed by the studio also. This involved things from systems, material, form and function - and it was impossible for one person to do it all. Therefore evidences helped showcase the artefacts. All these needed proper research and development which, if not well detailed, make the idea not half baked.


Key:: A Bandra manhole cover with a locater,You are here sign. A display of the uprooted bandra hole,with bits and pieces of tar around it. Direction towards the sea

On that day’s newspaper a report on a missing manhole A final year architecture students thesis file on why Perry Road is good for walking and how the ramps are n important factor

A good locking system,so that its not uprooted. Pages of her thesis file

Customized cover for shoping area,jogging areas and heritage zones #Bandra manhole cover


How the ramps have important for the pedestrian culture and how they are handicap friendly too # Ramps on Footpath

An ideal pedestrian experience using all the standard measures.

A pitch to show BMC how the excessively big footpaths look with integrated public spaces. High utility traffic island with wifi,public seating,dustbins,food counters,collapsible stalls

A chat conversation between a mother and daughter discussing the old and new traffic island. She is using the mobile recharging port as she is typing # Highly functional traffic islands

#public spaces created in footpaths


Naked bulbs will be great add-on to the hanging gardens

DIY book for residents to create their own hanging garden Two walled insert replicated in the exhibition

#Insert gardens at unused voids


The old gaps between hi resolution building is a great place for these inserts to come up. This is mostly seen in hamlet type.

Hyper realistic legal paper with fake legal stamps along with the proposed traffic island plan.

A legal notice sanctioning the traffic island along with the plan and elevation of the proposed public space and a consent letter signed by all the stalk holder, which includes the vendors too.

#Sanctioned traffic island proposal


Ideal Hi-res buildings designed keeping the vernacular architecture in mind with more balconies, windows and open staircases

A full page add on the ideal bandra hi-res along with article by the architect and reviews

Corners of building converted into Cornish, bringing more area into the public domain #Ideal bandra Hi-Res


Depending on the size of the coffee,tall, grande. The walks are also proportioned

A decade long study on noise pollution in residential areas,and how its coming down due to more one-ways and green cover alongside the road.

#Take your coffee of a walk

#Lesser noise pollution


Heritage buildings opening up rooms for libraries, cafeterias, reading spaces,even stay and studios spaces. Utilising the only pedestrian paths for graffiti are installation or pop-up art exhibitions

#Pop-up exhibitions on only pedestrian paths


#Micro economy in heritage zones

Here a street lamp is acting as a back rest with the seat which is added to increase the utility of the street lights.

Its designed in such a way that it is compact and sturdy.

Here it’s inserted at the bottom of a tree on the sidewalk

#Retrofitting on street infrastructures


A virtual collection of windows and doors of Bandra share the story of maintenance and built, thus encouraging window gardening and bring a sense of pride in getting published among the best windows of bandra #Windows of bandra


A ‘Do it Yourself ’ book for heritage homes, making life easier for the heritage home owner to fix and renovate their houses. #Heritage cure book

Places she visited and its timings, including the midnight mass, the carnival and the Christmas carols.

A display technique for her journal to where all the leaflets and posters are pulled out and showcased.

# A journal on, Christmas in bandra


A well maintained and clean public toilet,with a terrace garden and powerful exhaust to keep it airy and good odour

Booklet on the cycle race happening at the promenade with maps and contestants representing each church

#Public toilets 116

#Cycling tracks at the promenade

A metal cladding taking the shape of the wall on which it is mounted on. The information is engraved on the metal plate at the top A more sleek approach to maximize the area of the footpath

A heritage label providing information about the building its history and architecture.

#Lighter and more accommodative bus-stops

#Heritage tag


SCENARIO #3: A day in linking road Asif and his brothers have just arrived, they are going to take a while to set up their tea stall, its 8 in the morning, there are people on the road, Ramesh looking at his watch realizing he is late for the work rushes towards the bus stop, the bandra radio station is been played at the bus-stop, there are people humming to it and few even sleeping off on their seats. Ramesh checks his wallet for the public transport card, As he looks around for an auto rickshaw because he was getting late. Mukesh bhai honks from the rickshaw-parking zone waving at Ramesh. Spotting the auto he moves out of the bus stand and towards the rickshaw stand with 3-4 autos parked in it, he quickly jumped on to the auto and swapped his card and says, “Single, lowerparel”. Off they went taking a ‘u’ turn at the traffic island, where people have slowly started opening up their stalls. There is already a queue of 4 people waiting for Martha’s roll to open, its by far the best food counter at the traffic island. Dileep bhai and Sushila bhen have started arranging the chairs and cleaning up the area, they emptied the trash bin and moved the junk onto the bmc truck which was stations few meters away from the junction. Two students Lokesh and Jenny studying at St. Andrews collage, grabs the chairs near the WIFI spot at the island, they pulled out their laptops as they sipping away their Starbucks coffees. Mithun, Aneef , Javed, Redrick arrives at the island and pulls out there respective shops from the walls, they pull open their collapsible seatings quickly. Arranging the shoes and bags in order, they are ready to go. Asif ’s brother Anwar, ponder over the speed at which they set up their shops. He asks them, about the security and durabilities of these structures.


11:00 am As the time progressed people have started flooding in. All the eateries and shops are filled with customers. The movable wire chairs and tables are often used by people to eat/read/surf etc. Gautam just got fined for parking his bike on the pedestrian zone he pleads for mercy and But the police man sticks a ‘1st warning’ on his bike and enters the bike number into his data collector tab. Gautaum quickly drives of towards the nearest parking lot, with the help of his Gmap with a added plug-in called bandra parking(BP). Dileep bhai and sushila bhen came in at intervals of 3hrs to maintain and keep the premises clean they are provided with a small staffs cabin, they also took care of the long stretch of commercial lane which roots from the island, each shop is numbered and equally spaced. They are provided with tent structures for protection from sun and rain. Their cabin had a chart with no: of shop, shop owner’s name, Commodity they sell, Facilities they subscribe to, Rent, Addition amount if any,phone no:,

Mithun is telling a costumer how the quality of the products has increase like the infrastructure and thus it slightly more expensive than before. Asif and his brothers have been distributing tea all across the area, they are also carefully throwing there waste as they will be fined my the upkeep department of the island. Donny and his friend Alvin walks out of the island holding menu cards of all eateries.

Asif runs a 24*7 tea stall at the traffic island in linking road, he consider himself very lucky to own this place. His costumer’s starts from the early morning yoga group, to the late night shoppers or the people coming out of the late show from the theatre near by. During the peak hours of the day, he puts a barricade to maintain a costumer queue and to demarcate the road. He strongly believes in maintaining the hygiene of the area. The floor is swept and washed at least 6 times a day he also maintains a checklist for the same. The wastewater is channelled toward the drainage on the footpath maintaining the area dry. He also claims apart from working people, there are a lot of aged people coming in and there is a increase in number of kids on skates these days. The extended footpath has definitely pooled in a lot more customers for him. The green patch on the others side of the road too provides a good spot to sit and relax with a cup of coffee.

APPROACH #4 Instead of the elaborate back story, this narrative approach was more about strategic writing, here a basic idea of a character and space is allocated and then a couple of design solutions which are relevant to the situation are plotted against it. This showed me how the story should move in order to reach the required end product or solution. This approach saved us a lot of time, and I was able to keep a tab on the any repetition of elements. This approach kind of worked for our purpose. As we had forty six design direction to include and seven street types to cover a romanticised way of script writing was a task. So we made an excel chart and marked all scenarios created with respective artefacts. This also took care of repetition.


STRUCTURE OF THE ZINE Here our challenge was to come up with a script which would cover up all the design solutions in every street-type. We used street types as our initial filter because this helped us to geographically spread the story in different directions to get an overall idea of utopia - from the commercial areas to the fishermen area in the promenade. From a well-developed script certain characters where pulled out to detail. This helped understand how people react differently to the utopian bandra around them. This also created a backdrop for the artefacts to be placed and thus make it sound more authentic.

Chart used by me and Ayaz to edit artefacts and prioritise them. The hint of maybe using five main artefacts sparked from this discussion.





only  pedestrian   Sunday(Hamlet)

Cycle  and  a  bundle  ofprinted  flyer,   give  respect  and  get  respect  sticker,   volunteer  badge  from  'clean  the  city   campaign',  collection  of  badges  of   community  events  beside  his  mirror. Suresh

Character  or   relationships


31,rickshaw   drive,married  one   daughter

Cycle  track,  public  transport  good  behavior,   Community  event  organizer

Collection  of  photos  of  people   holding  the  flyer  at  different  place   or  kept  at  different  place,  E-­‐mails   sent  out  to  different  groups  in  and   around  bandra,Notice  boards  of   each  locality 10-­‐20  people Rosihta

5th  std,student

Play  area

"its  pedestrian  day",jackets,  parking   tickets  with  lot  number volunteers  

87,no   occupation,bachelor Sense  of  Community Event  management,Public  Parking  (numbered   parking)l,enchroched  parking(diagonal  or  one   25,26  as  interns side),road  blocks

Player  of  the  month  badge

9th  grade,student

Danny  uncle

Commerical  spaces

Build  community  network,network  centre  notice   boards


Feedback  book

Aunty  Petrisha

Radio  at  the  busstop


Transport  card  in  his  wallet  or  with   his  keys Ramesh



"O,my  now  I  have  to  wait  for  two   weeks" "  this  takes  me  bad  to  my  childhood   days"


on  the  pedestrian  day  ending sitting  out  his  varandha  while   the  only  pedestrian  day  is   happening.

"  my  favirote  ground  is  the  St.andrews   Making  open  spaces,(painted  courts    )incidental   its  so  so  big,one  day  I  want  to  play   play  area/parks there"

Communityspace,micro   economy,installations,events

"I  Share  it  with  all  during  ur  monthly   meetings,I  like  going  through  them   alone  something,it  feels  great  to  read   what  people  have  witten!and  the   experience  they  take  out  of  it!"

Ubiquity,  Wheather  reports/local  news(events),   local  performers(Local  area  guide)  

Chart  in  their  cabin

dileep  and  sushila

visiting  card  for  the  fixtur

anwar  and  javed

1st  warning,stickers Menus  of  foodoutlets  with  home   delivary  services  available.


28,reporter,not   married Public  transport  is  a  better  choice,standardise,   "Single,lower  parel" 38,married  and  has   two  kids.36,married   Traffic  island,  Maintainence  and  up  keep,public   and  has  one  kid.bmc   sanitation,garbage  management, transforming  furniture,tent  structure,commercial   anwar,teawall,43.jav zoning,  pull-­‐outs  from  walls,security,   ed  30  vender. maintainence. "Ethna  jaldi" Parking  area,intelligent  city  app,  zoning  (only   22,collage  student ped),junction "The  app  saved  my  ass"

Donny  and  alvin

23,graphic  designer traffic  island,public  art,history,markings



Homestay,heritage  cure

to  clarify  that  he  does  need   sharing  at  that  point,share  cuts   down  the  cost  but  might  take   more  time

anwar(  chaiwalla)comments  at   the  speed  up  which  he  puts  up   his  shop While  narrating  the  incident  to   his  girl  friend


1st  warning,stickers Menus  of  foodoutlets  with  home   delivary  services  available.

Bazaar(Bazaar  type)

School(Institute) Inaugration(Residentia)   Take  your  coffee  for  a   walk(Hamlet) Pop-­‐up  exhibition(Only   pedestrian)

Louisy  aunties  bag  after  shopping, The  metal  sheet  with  information   about  the  cross  

Theway  finding  board  with  icons   Vegetables/chickens/herbs  with   tags  saying  from  bandra  to   bandra(like  a  hamper,can  include   some  only  bandra  preparations)     School  diary,with  a  complain  note   from  the  teacher

22,collage  student

Donny  and  alvin

23,graphic  designer traffic  island,public  art,history,markings




25,hotel   management,  foodie Gypsy  kitchen,micro  economy(cafe)

Lucy  aunty Sisley Agnel

Nancy  aunty

Instrument  with  lowest  recording

Ryman Christopher   warmfeild

Coffee  cups  with  tissue  paper

Vinay  and  Swetha

Letter  showing  interest  for  an   exhibition  along  with  portfolio  and  a   writup  on  the  theme  he  wants  to  do   Rahul  kundro Rohit  and  his  team     from  st.andrews

Guitar,music  note  and  a  invitation   Join  the  band(Residential) letter(lyrics  is  on  bandra) Nevin  to  dviya Drawing   Drawing's  of  first  and  second  prize   competition(Institutional) winner's dev  and  ronna Newspaper  



Parking  area,intelligent  city  app,  zoning  (only   ped),junction


handicap  race  trophy Fedric Thank  you  letter  for  drawing  them  a   badminton  court  and  a  cricket   ground jason  and  his  friends Plan  print  for  painting  the   road,Painted  parking  area   photos,Vehicle  for  sale  in  oxl  by  his   neighbour,park  ony  one  side   board,with  colour  codes ronak  and  renchal Newspaper  article:  it  safe  for   women,note  for  seasonal   responsive  windows renchal

61  married  to  agnel   housewife 45,works  on  a   nersery 66,married  to  lucy,   retired  mech   engineer

"The  app  saved  my  ass"

While  narrating  the  incident  to   his  girl  friend

"Is  it  the  daniel  uncle,  who  comes  for   the  morning  mass"

Sisley  asks  aunty  

Homestay,heritage  cure

Vegetable  garden,microeconomy  farms,products   from  bandra,  bazaar  rd,  only  ped,wayfinding@   baaza,transparent  compound  wall,mixed  use Herb  garden  mixed  used,community  notice  board

playground  wall,  gamification,parks,guerilla   garden sounscape,noise  pollution,form  of  building,green   cover,birds  , zonefication,  footpath,inserts,heritage   villages,pedestrianization Helping  hands,  pop  -­‐up  exhibition,form  of   balconies,facades  of  bandra(sketching  exercise),   walking,  markings Cornish,community  space,promenade   performance,steps,junction,personability  and   utopian  bandra

"I  could  sent  some  of  with  my  daugther   too"

"Dude,Rahul  kundro  man!!,his  work  is   just  amazing" "I  see  them  practicing  at  the  cornish   every  evening,  but  I  really  cant  imagine     sitting  with  them,thank  you  god"

Rohit  telling  irene  about  who   rahul  is?! Divya  praying  at  st.andrews   church

Form  of  building Aw,I  remember  this  picnic  at  the  park  ! ronna's  mom socio-­‐pollitical  situation,building  of  bandra,news   of  bandra  security,facilities Curb  cuts,universal  design,material  of  footpath   anti  slippery "I  started  dreaming  again"

incidental  play  areas

private  parking  and  public  parking   (residential),mrking  parking  with  paint block  size,seasonal  responsive  windows

jason  and  his  friends ground Plan  print  for  painting  the   road,Painted  parking  area   photos,Vehicle  for  sale  in  oxl  by  his   neighbour,park  ony  one  side   board,with  colour  codes ronak  and  renchal Newspaper  article:  it  safe  for   women,note  for  seasonal   responsive  windows renchal

incidental  play  areas

private  parking  and  public  parking   (residential),mrking  parking  with  paint block  size,seasonal  responsive  windows

visitor(NRI) A  letter  to  a  chief  in  italy,  inviting   him  to  the  gypsy  kitchen  at   ranwar,menu  card  of  a  previous   gypsy  kitchen,sanction  letter::   extension  of  his  bakery  into  the   footpath,maybe  a  translated  letter   along  with  it. Jacob  bakes


Gypsy  kitchen,  commercial  space,  Hamlets   cultural  point,  food  path  commercial  zoning,

"Ranwar,is  what  it  is  because  of  its   residents"  ///  "let  them  take  it  an  make   while  discussing  the  business   it  their  own" plans  in  ranwar


A  membership  card  for  the  reading   club  or  the  recreational  club,with   allowed  access The  Diy  book  for  herb  garden   arrived  by  flipkart A  man  with  survaillence  area  on   bandra,  each  house  with  their  own

ramesh's  dad  and   lakshmi

morning  exercise  area  and  jogging,freash   market,recreational  wall,reading  areas

lakshmi City  police   commissoner

Diy  herb  garden,furniture  under  the  tree




only  pedestrian   Sunday(Hamlet)

Cycle  and  a  bundle  ofprinted  flyer,   give  respect  and  get  respect  sticker,   volunteer  badge  from  'clean  the  city   campaign',  collection  of  badges  of   community  events  beside  his  mirror. Suresh

Crime  level  in  the  city  and  the  sense  of  security Character  or   relationships


31,rickshaw   drive,married  one   daughter

Cycle  track,  public  transport  good  behavior,   Community  event  organizer

Collection  of  photos  of  people   holding  the  flyer  at  different  place   or  kept  at  different  place,  E-­‐mails   sent  out  to  different  groups  in  and   around  bandra,Notice  boards  of   10-­‐20  people each  locality Rosihta Danny  uncle "its  pedestrian  day",jackets,  parking   tickets  with  lot  number volunteers   Player  of  the  month  badge


"Now,  my  garden  will  be  better  than   mrs.sharma's  haha!"

Build  community  network,network  centre  notice   boards 5th  std,student

Play  area

87,no   occupation,bachelor Sense  of  Community Event  management,Public  Parking  (numbered   parking)l,enchroched  parking(diagonal  or  one   25,26  as  interns side),road  blocks 9th  grade,student


"O,my  now  I  have  to  wait  for  two   weeks" "  this  takes  me  bad  to  my  childhood   days"

"  my  favirote  ground  is  the  St.andrews   Making  open  spaces,(painted  courts    )incidental   its  so  so  big,one  day  I  want  to  play   play  area/parks there"


on  the  pedestrian  day  ending sitting  out  his  varandha  while   the  only  pedestrian  day  is   happening.


Scenario#12, Dileep and Sushila are the engine of the newly build traffic island they are in charge of the most import department, maintenance and upkeep. Their working hours are from 8 to 5 after which the next shift takes over. The things you will find in their cabin are, a first aid kit, a cart giving all the vendors ph: and information, monthly checklist, cleanliness tools, clock, calendar, lost and found box items from the island. Dileep is a immigrant from Tamil Nadu, the job is giving him stable salary. Before this posting he used to work at the public toilet facility near Mehboob studio. Scenario #13, Ramesh is reporter from India today he stays near turner road with parents, His dad is a retired army officer and mom is a house maker. Ramesh’s house has a beautiful herb garden maintained by his mother, the first few herbs were gifts from him, Then it started interesting her and recently she has ordered in deepthi shah DIY on herb garden through Flipkart. His still follows his strict regime, A cup of milk soon after in jogging and healthy breakfast are his priorities. He loves when Lakshmi(his wife) cooks dishes with vegetable from her garden, evening he walks down to bazaar road to buy some fresh vegetables from the market. Lakshmi loves her weaving too, at times when no ones home in the evening she goes and sits under the tree at the footpath near by and spends time weaving and talking to other ladies who have come with their kids to the park near by.


Scenario #14, Donny is a freelance graphic designer; he stays at the men hostel near to hill road. Bandra has been a great deal of inspiration for him. The people and the space excites him a lot and he claims a large chunk of his work is inspired from bandra. Whenever he is drained out of ideas he steps out. He really enjoys carrying around his laptop to café’s near by to work or to read. The beautiful cottages in bandra as always been a muse to him, when ever if anybody comes to visit him from outside, he takes them for a walk to show off bandra. The information tag on the wall of heritage building is a blessing to identify them and get to know more about the structure. Neha is friend from Delhi was so mesmerized by these house that she wanted to do a thesis on these houses. Neha came down for a month and stayed at Ranwar village, registered for the paid guest facility at heritage houses and got through it. The heritage cure book! Security

Scenario#15, Lucy aunty locks her house and moves down her staircase filled with beautiful bougainvillea, she pull her cloth bag out holding the cluck on the other hand. Walking through the beautiful by-lane with graffiti done on both sides aunty tries remembering what she needs to buy from the market, on her way Lucy stops by Sisley’s house, soon they walk through the very beautiful lanes of chapel road, As they walk they saw Mr. and Mrs. Perreira watering their front garden, Danny their eldest son was washing his motor cycle with his friend, they were plan for their next chill spot, I can hear someone saying that there is a band performing at bandstand and its going to start at 6:30 the young man were sitting on the planters extended into seats. As aunt Lucy and Sisley moved passed the newly renovated cross at the bazaar road junction Sisley notice the new metal tag with engravings on it she stopped by to take look at what’s written it, was about the cross on who? When? And why? It said: Erected: 1923 By: Daniel Decouza Remembrance: for his father Gary Decouza (Along with a QR code) As they walked ahead they entered beautiful bazaar road, here you can find different kinds of shopkeeper few owning spaces inside the building and few who have pulled out their tents with mini stoles and desk to display their commodities, the road has 4-5metre to walk on with the shops on either sides, tensile canopies are also spread over head to cut down the suns heat. Here, the markets at the ground floor and the residents are on top, the house has beautiful windows and amble balconies from were some beautiful vegetable gardens are visible. They were pet chickens and duck moving across the street in flocks, a well demarcated walkway helps us navigate through the market, at each junctions you have signage’s helping your way out with finding directions, icons are also used to show where to get what? (Like, fish, vegetables, fruits, ration etc) aunt Lucy is busy buying vegetables and chicken for the evening, I notice these having tags saying “from bandra, to bandra “,

#FINAL DRAFT This is the final writing structure which got approved. Here you can see the story of aunty Lucy which is selected as chapter ‘1’ to get started with visualization. The script is open to adaptation in the zine format. Certain new story-lines or approaches were added to the core narrative i.e. Aunt Lucy’s walk to the market. Other formats of narratives such as urban dictionary, advertisements from the future, articles from the future were all born while adapting the script into a zine format. To make the world even more believable we wanted to make it hyper realistic and thorough.


NARRATIVE STRUCTURE CHAPTER-1 Chapter one :Hamlet type(main,by-lanes) Chapter name: Aunty Lucy’s shopping bag This chapter will talk about where aunty Lucy stays, her family, her walk to the bazaar and here interaction with people on the way. Through here eye and through the future objects around her we shall see Bandra 2019. Introduction of in-between artefacts will be done through either conversations, images, collages, aunty Lucy’s view point, an urban dictionary which will be explaining a future urban terms. The artefact is shown through multiple view points so different medium to convey a utopian world and whichever worked contextually was taken forward.

(Community notice board)

Artefact#2.2 (Aunty Lucy)


Scenario#2 Artefact#2.1 (Accidental play area)

This board helped me to understand the key pages and gave me a control over the content at a macro to micro level. The story board chart was like an editing board. From visuals to things to be done everything was discussed and put up. Once the initial visualization was done and space blocking in the storyboard was done, the treatment was open to exploration.


(Shopping bag) (Walk to the market)

Artefact#2 Artefact#2.3

Page layout, use of wire frame to block space for text/visuals Alternative choices for visualization

These are the key frames or pages which are the crux of the narrative ,these pages are kind of frozen in terms of content but open to visual treatments. Thing to do in order to produce the compete page This includes text,visuals, treatments, field study and so on. This helped me keep a check list of everything that was simultaneously going on.

Narrative spin-off points. These were tangents that the story takes. These make the scenario more rich in content. These will have urban dictionary terms, interviews and advertisements.


* This is the story board for chapter:1 aunty Lucy’s shopping bag.


Chapter One, Auntie Lucy’s shopping bag The content we had was initially broadly divided into fourteen parts. As the content developed, we created further sub divisions for specific detailing under each category. This was like an indexing process for my own cognition and understanding. Each part roughly occupied one spread of space in the chapter. The parts are still open to additional data since the thought process is organic and ever growing.

Introduction to Chapel road Reclamation Bazaar road Introduction to Waroda road aunt lucy

1 The location, and its surroundings

Men talking on worldly things Chai session on Andrews veranda

2 Lucy’s family Daniel, Dylan,Jessie

3 Dylan playing at the accidental play area Lucy calling out for him Dylan and his friends comment on the play ground


Vacant space available next to Jude bakery

The architectural Section drawing through chapel road and Waroda road.

Bandra open space manager

Lucy’s walk towards the market



Social message

Open wall campaign

Article: Paint as a tool

Urban dictionary meaning

Public space which lets you voice your cause

6 Lucy’s interaction with people at architectural points

• • •

Gypsy kitchen Heritage walk Ranwar cooking

7 Community notice board Swatch of the community notice board

How to use the bazaar better

8 Allwyn interview His lifestyle in Bandra


Bazaar road Experience


Lucy with the map Photo alteration used for a experiential documentation

Herb garden


His intention if any,love for bazaar


Lucy’s bag


Walk to bazaar road

Musician at the bazaar

Clean bazaar poster

Bazaar road elevation,the micro details

John’s life and his music

SMS from Lucy to Jessie saying, ‘Remember this’

14 Lucy’s table


Some queries were raised earlier while the brief was redefined. These were answered as we moved forward with the project: Q: How will we pull off these scenarios? Won’t there be design? Won’t there be Photoshop montages of scenarios? Documentation photography, DWGS, renders and so on? Will we be able to do these? Can’t be half-baked if there’s design involved, so how does all this come together? Ans: It will be tackled step by step. First we will do a write-up of future scenarios in plain text like a screen play. Instead of certain products we will indirectly show the a evidence of its existence For example a poster of ‘Only pedestrian Day’ at bazaar road (Here the event is not shown directly but ,an artefact which proofs its existence is shown.) Q: What part of Book One (Learning Bandra) goes into the zine because Book One is more valuable for the studio’s larger trajectories but would it create a huge disjoint in terms of it’s difference in approach? Ans: Book One will be detailed in structure and submitted. The zine will act as a game-plan for the larger goal, like a teaser that provokes people to read the book (which is paused for the moment). Zine will no longer be part of the book, but will be a instigator for the book. Q. What is the audience for the zine? If it’s a dotting thing then its quite universal. If not, then who? If it’s giving thorough vibes then graphically and audience-wise things would change. Ans: It will have very optimistic approach regarding content, and is meant for anyone interested in Bandra .Yes, it’s dotting.




This process of building a persona was intuitive and based largely on observations around me. I would see East Indian families, grandmothers going for evening walks, attending church and buying the daily groceries for their homes. The streets have generations of history, therefore the elderly have a very prominent standing in the society. They’ve lived and grown up on these very streets, and so they are the story keepers of the place. I observed them in the following ways • Walking the streets • Sketching them from a distance • Photo- documenting • One of the key exercise was to recreate the scenario in real-time A walk with aunty heather, i did visit aunty a few days back discussing the script i have written and made her understand my purpose and she was more than happy to help me. I carried a camera to document the experience. At 4:45pm I met her at her house in Ranwar. She was accompanied by her friend who came all the way from Pali. Their plan was to attend the evening mass at the St. Joseph Chapel at Bazaar road and a shop a bit while returning from there. I kept asking her about stories she remember from the street we walked in, which was mainly Waroda road and Bazaar road. One such stories was the tailor’s tale. It is about how the tailor died few months back and her daughter who has taken it up has completely revamped the space and now its like one of the peoples favourite place to give their clothes.


Name : Lucy Periera Age: 68 Born: 1946 Health condition: Quite healthy Interests: Cooking and gardening Children: Two •

Jessie married and has a son


Dylan, in his fourth year of engineering. Avid Football Player.


Impressed by the energy and randomness of the zine, we wanted to adopt a visual concept that is adaptable and versatile in nature. One of the directions of thought was the process noises present in most of the zine. A not well cropped image, a scan with grains, a photocopy of paper note etc. This was the spark which made us wonder how can we make sense of these visual disturbances .


The concept for the visual treatment thus became, ‘Glitch’. As the zine is about artefacts of the future hypothetically to represent something from the future the format of the subject will be invalid thus creating a glitch in representing it through visual noises playing around with distortion, colour bleed, overprint ,overlaps, dis alignment and so on.


*A minor malfunction, mishap, or technical problem; a snag: a computer glitch; a navigational glitch; a glitch in the negotiations. *A false or spurious electronic signal caused by a brief, unwanted surge of electric power. *Astronomy A sudden change in the period of rotation of a neutron star.





Attempt 1

Attempt 2

Attempt 3

Attempt 4

#1 138

VISUALIZATION OF THE ZINE The zine, being a new medium, was a hard one to crack. Trial and error was the way forward. A lot of techniques of representations were tried of which a few were successful but some of them were a great learning experience. Here you can see the first pointer page going through transformation as the approach is varied. The transformation is self explanatory. It speaks of how the language of the zine was developed. The medium of publication was fairly new to me and I was enjoying every bit of failure knowing that I was reaching closer to what was in my head.

1.Brush your way through 2.Image-text ratio, wire-frames 3.Glitching, bold approaches 4.Somewhere in the middle



Approach one was a very hands-on experience. The biggest block was to get started. The thought of how things will reveal themselves, how things will look, how much content to keep in each page - trying to manage all these things was chaotic. Just to understand everything I was concerned about, I used the brush pen to just block space and get some visual forms and directions .This was a brilliant medium to play around with and to get complicated narrative structures out in the open. For this, a mock up of the book in 1:1 scale was made.


The initial idea was to not show any recognizable faces of spaces so I stared sketching objects around them, such as spectacles, footballs and so on. The intention was to cover the human and the space around him to literally tell stories through objects.




Silhouetting people and their postures on the street was a great visual element to show that things have changed in the new world. This technique is further explored.


Outlining the content

zonification representation

Here the idea was to use the previous attempt as a base to generate visuals digitally. A basic break down of the script was done to identify the information given through the page simultaneously. The visuals were explored in terms of content shown and treatment. The treatment was kept low key. Above is sequence when aunty enters the market and every thing is zonified. A Communication through graphic iconography and repetitive art.





*Heritage tag: Heritage building in and around bandra are labelled with historic and architectural information.

Vector visualization, provocative images to create possibilities for further explorations, a small booklet was made in order to check the narrative flow and visual divide, which was mostly one image per spread.

Mary ville and Van-des villa

Here there are two attempts to communicate the same content. One is a more sketchy approach with a sticky note with information about the building,provocation the idea of heritage tags and the other which is a visualization with a red metal cladding attached to the wall. Here a certain statement regarding form and design is made, the studio was definitely concerned with such directions. This product was easily produced and tried with bit more effort. This is an exploration for the accidental play grounds


ATTEMPT#3 This time the way we dealt with situations was different. A great mix of randomness with details from content and graphics. The silhouettes used in this page were sketches of people sitting in Bandra verandas. Then we vectorized it. The change in the body language of the people of the new world is reflected here. A write-up of what might be the points of conversation for a group of sixty year old people. My first attempt was to write it continuously on a paper and scan it. Then a attempt with digital text was done. Here another layer was also added. Can the text box look like a wall with a seat facility? There were various exploration to play with the negative spaces to create street infrastructures and illusions.


A direction worth taking forward

We met Mr. John during one of my site visits in Bazaar road. Though the sound of the saxophone wasn’t that loud, I could hear it from a reasonable distance. As we had to cut a section in the inner gullies of bazaar road we chose to take a by-lane were we ran into him. I was first clicking his photograph from a distance. He took a note of me smiled back after which I went and talked to him. He even us his house to show his class room and band instruments.

Future directions to improve it

Partially influenced by john’s interview, we started writing the character of Albert. Content representation was either an The interview of Albert interview or a letter which explained his written to block space for later reason for the activity. correction.

Here the design interventions are: • • • • •

Street activities Open stages Green cover in order to bring down the noise level Street furniture inserted. Soundscape enhancement

John, as Albert A chair which is now in the inner gully made me think,why cant it be on the main road

A natural glitch caused by the studio printer


This page explains the layers of narration. to detail each page to reach as close as possible to what we were visualising in terms of conceptualisation and narration.

The website and hash-tag link for where to download the sticker from.

There is a primary narration of Aunt Lucy’s bag and a secondary one talking about the artefacts. Finally there is a third tier of narration that brings things together and makes the utopian world believable.

Conceptualising colourbandra and What it stands for?


colourbandra is a hypothetical organization encouraging art at the urban level(graffiti).They have a website which has a documentation of all the art works from bandra. One of their latest initiative is to make residents a part of it(the art scene in bandra) issuing an ‘open wall’ poster which can be downloaded and put up on your personal exterior walls with contact details on it. Thus inviting artist/designers or anyone who is interested in using the wall to make use of the opportunity.

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Aunty Lucy says bye to her son Dylan who is playing on the accidental play area. In that page while explaining accidental play ground they mention the term open wall, Which re-directs the narration to secondary mode where the Term open wall is explained in the next page. A definition of ‘open wall’

Visualization of Aunty Lucy’s walk towards Bazaar road. The graffiti images used here are a documentation of all the graffiti work that you see through your the walk from Waroda road to Bazaar road.(Which is the walk mapped for aunty Lucy)


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Fake news created for bandra manhole covers

DIG SUNIL PARASKAR ADMITS BEING FRIENDS WITH MODEL, BUT DENIES PHYSICAL RELATIONSHIP 3 NEWS DIGEST Marathi protesters face police action on Karnataka border MNS chief Raj Thackeray has slammed the Shiv Sena-BJP combine for not being able to stop police action against Marathis living in Belgaum and some villages along the Karnataka border. There were protests in Yellur over a sign plate reading ‘Maharashtra Rajya’ being removed. P 6

Goa dy CM sorry for ‘Hindu nation’ remark Goa deputy chief minister Francis D’Souza has apologized for saying that India was a Hindu nation and he was a Christian Hindu. P 8

Land buying process goes online in state The state revenue department has said that once a plot is registered, the tehsildar will have to digitally inform the revenue officer and a certified hard copy won’t be needed for mutation. P 3

Airport land notices to be sent from today The Raigad collector will issue notices to acquire land for the 226-acre core area of the Navi Mumbai international airport from Tuesday. P 2

Virus stealing card info at retail outlets A new malware that steals credit card information has infected over 700 retail outlets and it’s feared it could lead to new skimming cases. P 19

ICC probes Moeen Ali’s ‘Save Gaza’ band England cricketer Moeen Ali risked action after the ICC said it was probing his decision to wear wristbands in support of Gaza during the third Test vs India on Monday. P 23

‘Dowry cases personal’:

Dowry harassment cases are personal and can be quashed if the estranged couple reaches a “genuine” compromise, the Supreme Court has said. P 8

Siddhivinayak plot row:

The Bombay HC has dismissed a plea against the state’s acquisition of a plot for the Siddhivinayak temple, saying it was for a “public purpose”. P 3

LeT man held in Delhi: The

Delhi police has arrested a top Lashkar commander and claimed to have foiled a major terror strike. P 8


Two men Taxmen to arrested: focus on pay and SpiceJet ordered to refund attempt steel manhole perks of to corporate bosses full fares for delayed flight Income From FDs Also Under The Scanner Surojit Gupta & Sidhartha


New Delhi: The tax authorities are keeping a close watch on compensation paid to top corporate bosses, including their allowances and perks, and your income from fixed deposits. At a meeting of chief commissioners last week, it was decided to focus on top companies, including public sector entities. The move is part of an exercise to bolster revenue from tax deducted at source (TDS), which has emerged as a major source of collections and information flow for the income tax department. Typically, TDS accounts for over one-third of the gross income tax collections. As a result, the compensation structure of top executi-

CITY-WISE DRIVE TO WIDEN TAX BASE The Directorate of Intelligence & Criminal Investigation has launched pilot projects in which it will look at specific categories in some cities. Here’s what the taxman will be looking at

LUCKNOW | Luxury car or SUV purchases

GUWAHATI | High expenses in shopping malls, coaching centres or expensive property purchases

KOLKATA | Expenses on

producing films, TV serials or media content

BANGALORE | Interest

from investment in urban cooperative banks or

ves will be scrutinized “with a view to examine the nature of allowances/perks and reimbursements”, said tax department sources. Officials have also been told to check if employees are being passed off as consultants, resulting in lower TDS. The I-T department is also

1.25L forms given out, city hawkers may grow 8-fold Bhavika.Jain

Mumbai: The BMC distributed more than 1.25 lakh hawker registration forms during the 10-day drive that ended on Monday. It means that Mumbai, which had a little over 15,000 licensed hawkers before the drive began, could end up with legal street vendors almost eight times that figure. BMC officials, stung by complaints of corruption and mismanagement of the drive, tried to calm fears, saying giving out forms did not mean all would get licences. “Filling the forms is just the first step. To avail of licences from the BMC, several stringent steps need to be complied with,” an official said. The exercise, has been mired in controversies like non-bona fide hawke-

credit cooperative societies

KOCHI | Income from house boats and capital gains on land sold to Vizhinjam International Seaport

launching a city-specific drive focused on certain categories of spending and investment to unearth concealed income and widen the tax base. So, in Lucknow, those purchasing a luxury car or an SUV may have some explaining to do if the income shown in their tax returns is not in li-

Poll spend row: Chavan gets HC relief till Nov 5 Prafulla.Marpakwar

rs infiltrating the process and BMC officials handing out fake old challans to help them prove their hawker status. Two licence inspectors have even been suspended.

Mumbai: The Delhi high court on Monday stayed the Election Commission’s disqualification proceedings against former CM Ashok Chavan over his expenses in the 2009 assembly elections. The HC decision, coming a few days before the 20-day disqualification deadline, is being viewed as a relief for Chavan as he could be considered for the state Congress chief ’s post or to head of the campaign committee for the assembly polls. Had the EC not accepted Chavan’s contention in the wake of complaints against him, he could have been disqualified for six years from contesting. Elected from Nanded in the LS polls, he is among only two Congress MPs from Maharashtra.

‘Drive an eyewash’, P 5

‘Was unaware of ads’, P 5

LICENCES FOR SALE? ➤ Currently, Mumbai home to about 15,000 hawkers ➤ But over 1.25 lakh registration forms given out during 10-day drive ➤ As per norms, licences can be issued to 2.5% of a city’s population—around 3.2 lakh in case of Mumbai ➤ Controversies like fake hawkers and civic officials helping them cheat mar drive ➤ However, BMC allays fears, says not all will get licences

ne with the high-value transactions. Similarly, in Guwahati, high expenses in shopping malls, coaching centres or expensive property purchases may invite the taxman’s attention, officials familiar with the exercise told TOI. The Directorate of Intelligence Criminal Investigation, tasked with tracking high -value transactions, has launched the pilot projects in eight cities—including Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Kochi, Pune and Bhopal—to gather data, which will be shared with other I-T wings to help mop up more revenue. In Bangalore, for instance, interest from investment in urban cooperative banks or credit co-op societies is under scrutiny after it emerged that till December 2013, interest income of over Rs 6,000 crore of over 3.8 lakh people had not been assessed as it was not disclosed in the tax returns. Guest lectures, events, P 20

Flyers To Also Get Back `15K Spent On Food TIMES NEWS NETWORK

New Delhi: In the first such punishment of its kind, the aviation regulator has directed SpiceJet to refund full fare to all passengers of a Mumbai-Delhi flight, which was delayed by almost five hours last month. Beyond the torturous wait, the flyers had to buy food and drinks while stuck on board the grounded aircraft. The low cost carrier (LCC) pocketed a cool Rs 15,000 from selling snacks while airlines are required to serve refreshments free when a flight is delayed by over two hours. This amount too will have to be refunded. The incident occurred on June 16 when SpiceJet’s SG 419 was supposed to fly 172 pa-

‘SERIOUS ISSUES WITH FLEET’ ➤ On June 16, SpiceJet’s Mumbai-Delhi flight SG 419 delayed by 4 hrs 31 mins. Finally, another aircraft flew the 172 passengers ➤ Airline sold food and drinks worth 15,000 to the stranded passengers ➤ DGCA orders full refund of fare plus expenses on food and drinks to passengers ➤ A probe also reveals “serious engineering issues with aircraft” in SpiceJet fleet

ssengers, including two infants, from Mumbai to Delhi. A passenger, Harsh Surana, complained to directorate general of civil aviation chief Prabhat Kumar about the long delay and reportedly rude crew behaviour. A probe into the complaint by joint DG Lalit Gupta revealed “serious engineering issues with aircraft in the fle-

LCC yet to deposit tax with govt?


ow-cost carrier (LCC) SpiceJet has deducted tax from its employees’ salaries but has neither given them TDS certi-ficates nor Form 16s so far, raising questions if the tax has been deposited with the Centre. With the last date of filing tax return for 2013-14 just three days away, staffers are still in the dark. Default on tax deposit is usually the first sign of a financial crisis; it was seen when Kingfisher Airlines began its downward spiral. P 19

et of SpiceJet”. Based on this report, Kumar has ordered a “special engineering audit of SpiceJet (to be completed) within 15 days” by the DGCA’s technical team. Surana had alleged that the crew did not make any announcement about the status of the delayed flight. ‘Many engg issues’, P 14

Maha Sadan cover-up? Report shows CM’s office was informed the same day Prafulla.Marpakwar

Mumbai: Though chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had claimed that he got to know of the July 17 incident involving the force-feeding of a fasting Muslim supervisor at Delhi’s Maharashtra Sadan by Shiv Sena MPs only when the media reported it five days later, it has now em-

erged that the chief minister’s office (CMO) was informed the same evening by the Sadan’s resident commissioner Bipin Mallick. Mallick also sent a confidential report to the CMO the next day, and the incident was brought to the notice of Chavan when he himself visited the Sadan three days af-

ter the incident. According to the confidential report, which TOI has access to, Mallick briefed the CM’s principal secretary, secretary and private secretary at 6pm on the day of the incident. A high-ranking bureaucrat said that the next day, Mallick tendered an apology to



the canteen supervisor after the IRCTC, which ran the canteen, wrote a complaint letter and submitted his confidential report to the CMO, state chief secretary J S Saharia and additional chief secretary (protocol) Sumit Mallick. Mallick also sought instructions from Saharia on the future course of action.

Opportunity for other news around bandra. Proposed *,A bandra idea Hi-Res add,along with articles and leaflets

Terms and conditions used in order to issue the trolley and the legalities Organic bandra movement Logo created and label made for each products organically made in bandra

Barcode - a unique identity creation

‘Govt dragged feet’, P 4

`800cr tenders for small dams scrapped

Mumbai: Keen to avoid a controversy on the eve of the state elections, the Congress-controlled water conservation department has cancelled minor irrigation tenders totalling Rs 800 crore following a TOI expose early this month. In its July 18 edition, this newspaper had reported how the department floated these tenders hurriedly and in a dubious manner within just two days

Poll-bound state in a rush to push `800cr small dams

Mumbai: In an unusual rush in the run-up to the state assembly elections, the Congresscontrolled water conservation

‘ILLEGAL’ TENDERS FLOATED IN JUST 2 DAYS 46 tenders were called for on June 20 and June 21 for works in the Thane circle alone. The circle comprises Konkan

TIMES IMPACT: The TOI report on July 18

last June. These works were for the Thane irrigation circle only. The tenders were to be awarded to private contractors by July-end.

Soon after TOI broke the story, RTI activist Pravin Wategaokar complained to the chief minister as well as the anti-corruption bureau against the ‘dubious’ awards. A senior Mantralaya official on Monday confirmed that the government wanted to avoid a controversy, considering that the assembly elections are now just a few months away. Would’ve raised a stink: Official, P 5


Jitu Rai lives up to reputation by clinching the gold in men’s 50m pistol event. Gurpal Singh gets silver Seasoned Gagan Narang, taking part in 50m rifle prone for first time, has to be content with silver — his first silver among nine CWG medals. The rest are all gold medals India’s shooting tally now 12 (4 G, 7 S, 1 B), 3 more than England G


Weightlifter Satish Sivalingam scripts history on CWG debut, breaking the Games record en route to a gold while compatriot Ravi Katulu takes silver in men’s 77kg event

Aus Eng

28 24

S 21 18

B 27 21










SHOOTING (1pm) Men’s 50m Rifle (3 positions): Gagan Narang, Sanjeev Rajput (finals at 8pm) | WOMEN’S 50M RIFLE (4.45pm) (3 pos): Lajja Gauswami, Elizabeth Koshy (finals at 9.45pm)

Rain fells 1,000 trees in city in two months Sujit.Mahamulkar

Mumbai: In the past two months, the city has lost around 1,000 trees to strong winds and heavy rainfall. The municipal body’s disaster management cell data shows the island city and the suburbs reported 370 tree collapse cases in June and 627 in July. A maximum of 477 tree collapses were reported in the western suburbs and 187 in the eastern suburbs in the two months. Most of these incidents happened alongside roads, which disrupted traffic several times and injured a few passersby. The figure washes away the BMC’s claims of having identi* The TOI Combo offer and Bombay Times Supplement are available in Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts while Education Times will be circulated in Mumbai Metro Region only.

fied dangerous trees and trimming them so they don’t suddenly fall, injuring people or obstructing traffic. Experts also said lack of scientific trimming methods and non-utilization of the census data could be responsible for the incidents. ‘City can’t afford it’, P 2 * P L U S 1 0 PA G E S B O M B AY T I M E S

Times Classifieds | P 4 & 6

Conversation with chai and newspaper Artefact #4 A full paper from Bandra 2019 with advertisements, articles, news from the future. For example the thief of the Bandra manhole-cover getting caught by the local police. Artefact #32 Bandra manhole cover, adding a characteristic cover only for Bandra with intricate illustrations or direction marks. Made in such way that it is theft proof.


Timing Being punched in for entry and exit time

Tulsi first of seven lakes to overflow


eavy rains since Sunday morning saw Tulsi lake, one of the seven lakes that supply water to the city, overflow on Monday. Tulsi is the first to overflow this year, over two weeks later than last year. P 2

Labels on products grown organically from bandra Artefact #16 Labels tied around the vegetables, herbs grown on backyard terraces and even window gardens are packed and sold as local products encouraging a healthy and organic Bandra. This also improves the green cover and local economy. Products collected through communities such as ALM and Church wards.

Conversation with chai and newspaper Artefact #31 Trolley ticket issued at the open market, bazaar road. A newly paved ‘only pedestrian’ bazaar road creating the best shopping experience has a ticket punched when you enter and exit with rates depending on the time you take to shop.


Icons representing each shop-type and their timings

cept by hertitage c ell Con

Zone for each kind of shopping area such as bakery, vegetable zone, meat and so on.


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Exploration using mockups

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Companies and organizations associated with the event.

Giving it a back-story and a relevant reason.

Celebrate it with a visit to your favorite hertitage building in your city . And observe a minute of silence for the ones we have lost to insensitive development.

APRIL 18th,2014 World Heritage Day

Bombay Municiple Co-operation Project advisor: Hertitage cell and Foundation for conservation and research for urban traditional architecture. address: turner road, bandra (w), mumbai ph:91-22-2200 0038

‘Use your bazaar well’, maps given to better utilise the streets Artefact #35 ‘Use your market well’ campaign to make use of the bazaar road market. A map providing all the zone entry points and timings of the market place.

Conversation with chai and newspaper Artefact #25 Occasional heritage walks conducted through bandra by architects, historians and other professionals. This helps people take pride in its history and heritage.

By passing signages while walking through Bandra Artefact #9 An only pedestrian signage for by-lanes and heritage zones in Bandra.


1:00 am Concept behind this was a pun on PLAY. I used a pictogram of fast forward, rewind, play and evocative playing graphic icons. Below are a few social statements I wanted to voice out but didn’t put it up because the studio showed concern about it.

2:30am Back in the studio after a successful graffiti session.


8:30pm I bought the spray cans and prepared the cardboard cut outs for the night. Initially I tried the cut outs with hand but later had to get them laser cut because it was very difficult to cut out the more complicated designs. 150

12:00 am We started painting at 12. The plan was to be quick and not to waste anytime. I was visited by 2 people - Case one he didn’t want me to do what I was doing and didn’t want me to touch any walls. Case two was happy that I was making a play area for kids. What I planned and what I did varied drastically. Most of the design for the walls were put on the ground.

A integrated hopscotch with columns

Lines marking the field for football Once the accidental play area was made it was photographed in context with the scenario and used in the book.

Wicket for cricket and a yellow strip marking the goal post

A message for the kids

Launch pad marking the bowler for playing cricket 151

Accident garden concept sheet,by Akhil Mistry, The Busride Studio, 2012

EXISTING ARTEFACTS, HINTING IDEAL BANDRA These are some already existing artefacts or design intervention already existing in Bandra. Way-finding with graffiti, The Gypsy kitchen and Accidental garden are projects done by the Busride studio. These concepts are tried out at full scale, and each is backed with a proper research and design process to achieve its end deliverable. Example of one of the initiatives Bandra has had many local newspapers in the past that catered to the local need of providing community news. However, since around three years, there’s been a long gap of any good local publication. To fill this void, Bandra Buzz was launched by a team of like-minded Bandra-ites - with a common aim of creating a ‘Better Bandra’.


Gypsy kitchen menu card made by Ayaz Busrai

Night signage

Active ALM’s

Car free day, poster happening at carter road, promenade area

Thought for the day board, by Bandra Times 153


Referencing standards to make it look as authentic as possible

Scanning potatoes.

Brush stokes on textured papers.

Approaches These are some of the explorations of visual treatments. The idea is to bring in a otherworldliness and hinting to the future. Thus it resulted into unconventional ways of representing data.


Graphic swatches - identifying graphic swatches in the city which includes colour and texture.

Journal entries and interviews scanned and edited digitally.

Recreating future scenarios.


PAGES IN PROCESS These some proposed urban inserts and ideas for the page. They are under work in progress or under evaluation.

A silhouetted signage which gets activated by the street lights. Here it’s a graphic exploration. Now we are planing to create a prototype and then add it to the zine. A hypothetical DIY book,Planing to take this forward through getting a expert to write a spread on it and scanning it into the zine.

Dance Drinks 8am-11pm* Vehicle of residents allowed 12am-7pm* Registered pick-up trucks only allowed

A major cause for vehicular traffic in bazaar road is the Google map showing a route through it, claiming that it saves almost 5 minutes to reach bandstand in comparison to going via Hill road. The lane, that is very narrow and not that vehicular friendly, suffers majorly due to it.


Replicating a Bansky graffiti(Social messages) Graphically generating a graffiti, voicing out causes Bandra faces to walls. As the content is controversial we didn’t end up doing it in reality.




Some of the initial concepts and developments of pages and the hierarchy of representation. The pages shown below were finally dropped for various reasons such as time taken, re-visualization of the page, lack of information, certain change in visual language or narratives.

On the left we have attempted to play with the concept of augmented reality, by creating a built environment with a few pieces of the story detailed out in order to carry the narrative forward. Building and other distant object are represented as under focused wire frames while the crucial areas of the space and objects are detailed and explained in the foreground.

Here we attempted to re create aunty Lucy’s table after her shopping in bazaar road. The bag has vegetables, bakery items, and we tried using bold high contrast type to voice out some of the underlining interventions which each of these artefacts represent.

Some of the initial concepts and developments of pages and its hierarchy of representation are shown above.

Sequence#32 Aunt Lucy returns back home after her shopping and spreads all that she bought on the table.

Sequence#5 introduction to aunty Lucy’s house on Chapel road.


All the pages of the first draft of the Bandra zine were pinned up on the board in order to open discussion about the first look of the zine. A few of the pages were critiqued and re-tried with lesser text. We split some pages(content) into two, spaced out things, added more visuals or sometimes just discarded a visual that was not working that well. This exercise was very helpful, because it gave an opportunity for instant feedback and improvement. We made collages of images on the pages and drew things we felt like and marked changes instantaneously. This brought a lot of clarity in terms of where the project is heading and how everything was coming together so far.


INFERENCE Bombay has taught me a lot. Living in Bandra was hugely advantageous to my project and I’m grateful to have got an opportunity to work on something this huge. I learnt about the relationship between design and content. This was a challenging new experience for me. Editing was another new learning. I thoroughly enjoyed the freedom I was given and I loved exploring ambiguity even though it left me stranded more than once. Overall, it helped me discover a lot of things about myself especially regarding my values and strengths as a designer. From content generation to editing, photography to illustration,visualization to publication and spatial design to system design, I got to indulge my design abilities in several areas. This tested my limits and caused me to learn through mistakes. This was the first time I got to handle content at an urban scale. It was an entirely unexplored territory for me in terms of urban inserts and design interventions. I think the versatility of my discipline helped me tackle my content since I was able to produce outputs in various mediums at various scales. I struggled to juggle several things together, and as Ayaz prescribed, I need to develop the ability to park certain subjects, move ahead with a focussed task and thereby proceed in my design process. I’d once again like to thank everyone who was indispensable to this project.


The Bandra Project has taught me a lot of things, starting from tackling scale to testing my limits as an exhibition designer. One thing I thought worked very well was the multidisciplinary exposure that I got. I had to look at problems at an urban level intervention. The project had various features which were macro to micro in scale - each having immense number of ways in which to approach them. This let me use various mediums to convey my solutions and interventions. Editing was an important part of my learning too. When such large chunks of data was thrown at me, it’s difficult to find a filter because. Initially the ambiguity was my big concern, and finding limitations and filters was constantly a task. As a visual communicator or a communicator through space, I got to explore various combinations of media to see how it helps in communication. Publication design was a new zone for me. The studio was not supported with graphic designers, so trial and error was how we went about it most of the time. Most of the things shared in the document are my attempts to create new experimental graphical styles of representing data. There have been a lot of failures that I’ve shared with you and it’s been a great learning in terms of what to use when and why. I started approaching the project logically at first, because reason was a good filter and a prioritizing method. I realized I am not strong at communicating with words. I find talking more comfortable than writing, but I had to work on this skill. I was sensitive to layout also, therefore while creating the content I was distracted by layouts also. As an exhibition designer I wish I could have contributed more, but I am happy for the experience and learning. I couldn’t park an idea and move forward. And though as a professional output I’m not very happy with the product because of how overwhelming the scale of the project was.

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For the zine for the book I had to work with mostly architects and urban planners and the audience of course - the bandraites. As architects I found most of them, in busride, were quite sensitized to design. It was easy for me to design my ideas. I heard their brief and I was working towards that at first. But then I figured it was my responsibility as a designer to re interpret it for them. Even I felt that the project wasn’t going forward the way we expected it to. As a designer it was my duty to communicate the misdirection of the project. We had a meeting with experts that finally opened our eyes to this realization. I think it was challenging to talk to varying audiences about the same idea. Morphing into the language of an architect, was different from talking to an urban planner which was different from talking to a kid on the street. The same story differs in narration while telling it to different people, though the core remains the same. A single sentence giving the same message can be said with varying tonalities. I’ve walked several streets before, but never the way I walked these Bandra roads. I slowly sensitized myself to the architectural details and so on. I’d like to thank all my team members for this new found sensitivity of mine. Pilot projects helped this observation too. For instance, the graffiti task was an eye opener for me, to know how differently people react. The architects were fascinated by the way I read spaces differently from the way they did. I found my ideas more artistic and bold. Pushing boundaries and not fearing limitations. They didn’t seem as equipped with this brave view, because they have to make the working drawings I suppose. I was the only one ready to be stupid and ask all the crazy questions, and that was a quality that helped me through.

A bit about what I learnt through this project.Firstly, how narratives are important, and how I rekindled my love for narratives through this opportunity. Secondly, how to tackle a subject that is so unknown and new to you. The answer I’ve found, every time, is to just jump into it. You need to have the courage to jump. I found it is really essential for you to have tangible physical outcomes of your design process, so that people can interact with something physically in real time. It’s the best way for an audience to emote and express. Lastly, the importance of being a part of the content that you’re working on. Working with the data, for the data. Living in Bandra affected everything about this project. I was able to see how things progressed and so this is a design methodology I would like to take ahead in other projects that I get, if I maybe so lucky as to do so. As an exhibition designer, I was eager to tackle what exhibition designers normally work with, but I realized that space is in everything. Even in my classroom projects, I challenged the idea of space design, confronting challenges with different ways of looking at space - such as Films, books, and so on. I’m going to continue investigating different media for visual communication expression and hopefully find more exciting and new points of views. A graphic designer wouldn’t look at a zine the way I did. In context of writing content, I learnt how to layer the story and narration. Earlier I would bring in the message when it was needed, but now I learnt to question that and consider delaying the message to enhance a reader’s experience. To reveal information after a while and to withhold curiosity and keep the interest of an audience, I learnt, are essential to good storytelling. It increases the time that a person takes to interact with your piece as well. Using different media to tell a story was a new idea too. Like telling a story through objects, or evidences of an event or object instead of through a character, like most stories we read. I had great fun exploring graphic design too.


Bibliography Koohlas, Rem. Mutation Publisher: (year) Content,Rem koohlas Image of the city,Kevin lynch History of the world through 100 objects Unbox zine

Referenced website Facebook pages: The Bandra project Bandra Buzz



The Bandra Project: process book