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This studio is a part of the Level 3 studios conducted for the fourth year students at the Bachelor of Urban Design Program at CEPT University. This website is meant to create a reflective record of how the studio was taught and includes extensive documentation of the student works throughout the semester.


01 Studio Background-  Seminar on thinking of the relationships of public space to the city.

Jacqueline Groth, E. C. (2005). Reclaiming Urbanity: Indeterminate Spaces, Informal Actors and Urban Agenda Setting. Sage Journals .

Shirley Ballaney, M.-A. B. (2013). Inventory of Public Land in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

Jacqueline Groth, E. C. (2005). Reclaiming Urbanity: Indeterminate Spaces, Informal Actors and Urban Agenda Setting. Sage Journals .

Dovey, K. ( 2016). Urban Design Thinking: A Conceptual Toolkit. Bloomsbury Academic.


02 Seminar Week: Lenses to the city 

Gauri Bharat - Seminar on the how various informal networks of institutions work in the city related to the business of cows.

Anjaria, J. S. (2012). Is there a Culture of Indian Streets?

Renu Pokharna - Seminar on incentivizing public policy, and the Ahmedabad Project’s urban forest vacant plot regeneration.

Parth Shah, ‎. M. (2005). The Terracotta vs. Green Vision: Restructuring Incentives vs. Reforming Human Nature.

Pritchett, L. (2009). Is India a Flailing State?: Detours on the Four Lane Highway to Modernization. HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series.

Varma, A. (2010). Urban Planning -- A Short Story.

Navdeep Mathur- Seminar on the intersection of planning and politics in the city of Ahmedabad.

Mathur, N. (2012). On the Sabarmati Riverfront: Urban Planning as Totalitarian Governance in Ahmedabad. Economic & Political Weekly.

Chinmay Tumbe- Seminar on urban temporality and circular migration in cities.  

Avni Sethi- Seminar on the nature of memories and stories and their influence on the experiences of space.

Certeau, M. d. (1988). The Practice of Everyday Life. University of California Press.


03  Terrain Vague- Seminar on the potentials of indeterminate space.

Chow, R. (2015). Changing Chinese Cities: the Potentials of Field Urbanism. University of Hawai'i Press.

Mariani , P. B. (1995). Terrain Vague: Interstices at the Edge of the Pale.


04 Vacant Lands- Seminar on the opportunities of open and vacant land.

Owen, H. (2012). Across the Plaza: The Public Voids of the Post-soviet City. Strelka Press.

Corbin, C. I. (2003). Vacancy and the Landscape: Cultural Context and Design Response. Landscape Journal, Vol. 22, No. 1, 12-24.



05 Tactical Urbanism-  Seminar on actors in reinterpreting the city, and tactics for doing so


Anthony Garcia, M. L. (2015). Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change. Island Press.

Hou, J. (2010). Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities. Routledge.



06 Radical Interventions- Seminar on the construction of a design manifesto.  

Jencks, C. (1997). Theories and Manifestoes of Contemporary Architecture. Academy Press.


07 Design Parti- Seminar on the construction of a design parti.  



08 Design Thinking- Seminar to dissect processes of design decision making.

Dovey, K. ( 2016). Urban Design Thinking: A Conceptual Toolkit. Bloomsbury Academic.

Rowe, P. G. (1991). Design Thinking. MIT Press.



1. Review Events by time: Mahroof M.

2. Review Module 1: Catherine Desai and Mariana Paisana

3. Mid-term Review: María Arquero de Alarcón, Catherine Desai and Vishwanath Kashikar

4. Remote Review: Katsushi Goto and Sachin Bandukwala

5. Final Jury: Bulbul Vyas, Christoph Lueder, Deepa Ramaswamy, Inigo Cornago and Kaustav Gupta



Melissa Smith is an architect and urban planner based in Ahmedabad, India, and part of BandukSmith Studio, an architecture, urban design, and research practice that she founded with Sachin Bandukwala. Their work engages processes of making through research on unique construction methods, both institutionalized and inventive, and built projects that explore the boundaries of material and craft in the context of contemporary Indian construction. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, and generally follow how people tend to restructure their built environments over time. 


Chandrani is a landscape architect based in Ahmedabad with more than ten years of professional experience. As a senior Associate, she worked with Jerde Partnership, a multidisciplinary design firm based in Los Angeles for seven years in over fifty different commercial landscape and urban design projects across the globe. She is interested in urban landscape and teaches courses in landscape design, ecology, environment, and landscape urbanism. Along with her teaching, she practices as an independent landscape designer and has continued her collaboration with Jerde Partnership as a consulting landscape designer. 


Vaidehi Shah is an architect. She is working at BandukSmith Studio on urban-scale design projects. Her interests lie in understanding how neighborhoods in the city, through local actions, shape up networks of understanding how the urban processes affect the cities. 


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