City in Spaces


The project is about the city in spaces, an attempt is to rethink the periphery and turn it to an active verge where the series of spaces is created between the street and plot.

As the cities are becoming more formalised, the street-side activities the pause points are reducing or are under rapid decline. The informalities at times become the city spaces but are neglected while developing.  Major street activities are found near the vacant land as it gives them a back and less fear to move again and again until there is something coming upon the land. 

Here I have chosen the institutional vacant land which sits vacant to house any future expansion of the institution but meanwhile, through its edges, it accommodates the informal activities that create a pause point that supports the city, while also renting the land to the city for the events and festivals.

The institutional lands of the city cater to its educational needs. Learning and development occur through conditional accessibility to the students, staff and teaching community. Over time, the nature of these lands shifts and morph to allow for different forms of access. Educational lands have considerable vacant lands that act as semi-public spaces with conditional access. However, conventionally these institutions often exclude establishments like community centres or provisions for education through learning centres for the marginalized communities on these lands


Why along institutional land?

  • Edges along with the institution vacant lands because of lack of control it allows various activities to subsist along its edges, i.e social and religious activities, livelihood, vending and market. (in this case, secondary activities along the vacant land edge supports the city, street flow and junctions - not the vacant land)

  • Edges along with the institutional lands because of the students the edges become the magnets for a food stall, cloth markets, etc. ( a different set of activities catering to the institutions - secondary/supporting activities)

Overall Understanding


The Activities along the periphery was majorly observed as per the activity right behind it. As seen here the major activities are near the institution land lined up serving them as a secondary source. Along with this the addition to vending the pavement dwellers and religious activity spillover is also observed on the periphery of the institutional vacant land. These lands have public access to it where it is also given on rent to cit for celebrating festivals. Another point observed was that the institutional vacant lands are kept open to the public as it allows the land to have activity over it like a celebration, learning vehicle and playing over it and this does not allow the unwanted green over it and there is no removal cost over it while the future development of the instituion.


There are multiple activities around the vacant lands with respect to space occupied near the edge or to its surrounding and context. 

Here are photos showing the activities and reasoning for the space usages. 

To the site-specific, AES Ground, which is given for rent for the celebration of function, because of which the informal settlement came along, which have been shifted to the footpath, is the livelihood for the one living there. Few have been shifted from their previous work (mentioned by them, at rakhiyal working in some factory, had lost jobs and living space) where the ground gave them opportunity to earn for their livelihood. A similar case to the other vacant land which comes under AES, behind torrent also has activities being performed in response to its immediate context. Right across the road as well as to its diagonal there is the temple. Following up to it the ritual of feeding birds and animals is carried right on the edge. The junction having more people coming there found an opportunity to work, and temple providing food, so this reason was followed for the informal settlement on the edge. Now, these interacting spaces informally settled, raise the opportunity for their kids of education as a group of students started teaching them near the temple.


AES Ground near thaltej crossroad

The site has different edge condition on its every side and has different activity along with it.

There is also the variety of the land-use to it which defines the activities, which are, Street, Residential, Public garden, institution, entertainment/ commercial (Door Darshan Kendra). Also majorly primary street is passing across the plot, which has more public access. Where the building at its edges has its back towards vacant land.

So here there is an opportunity to create a series of spaces along the edges with respect to its context, which also becomes a more approachable space for the city which becomes the extensible version of the future development of the vacant land.

Two conditions observed on the site

Activities abutting the periphery but towards the site

Activities abutting the periphery but along the footpath.

Site edge activity condition

Site Access

Activity vs Access

Sections understanding activities

Design Strategy

Opportunity spots whereas per the interaction of the city and periphery activities to introduce.

From the opportunity spaces, types of spaces were observed which were Exceptional, Opportunity and typical conditions.

(This can be observed as to be the different edge condition as per the expansion)

As per the opportunity spaces following strategy iteration was followed for activities. 

Variation along the Periphery

Understanding the periphery activities spaces and the context, parts of edge expands towards the vacant land and towards street

Paths as a connector - pass by space / pass through space

As per the variation of spaces the paths were switched in and out.

Design Element and arrangement

The elements were selected as per the current as well as the possible need for future development of the institution.


Design Section to approach master plan

From the section designing the plan was approached for the design decision and spaces to approach as per the existing as well as the proposed street and plot activity and dimension.

Design Plan

Zoom in to parts

1) Larger space near junction having opportunity space for certain activities.

The auto-stand connected to the walkway that passes through the bird feeding area. That further connecting to the tea stall has an importance of the junction leading to the connector. This pedestrian and cycle connector leads to the crafts market whereas right across the cow feeding which turns to a different space as per the development in the plot as well as time.

2) The plot has an opportunity as it has a junction on both its end and these two can serve different activity space to the city. Here looking at the current activity as well as for future development of the plot the junction having the market of food and others. Also as per the development and the need of the plot these spaces create an opportunity for a secondary activity that supports.

3) The central access to the plot having the main entrance space that can be followed by the institutional land for its future development. Also the bus stop being right next to it with the larger strategy of the land to develop and the institutional/city bus for easy access and increase the public transport if connectivity maintained.

The attempt is to follow such sections and spaces that have the opportunity to approach and to create series of space for the city as Pause Points that easy connectivity and increase city life. experience. Thus the idea is to create

City In Spaces