Program - Urban Placemaking & Cultural Revival
Team - Nikhil, Megana, Rahul
The Doddenakundi Village was first founded in the early 1700s as an agrarian community by migrant peoples from Modern Day Tamil Nadu. The premise behind the project was to connect the existing settlement to the ever growing city, through infrastructural and cultural placemaking. We derived the places of interest based on the cultural zones that prevail in the extent of the 2.5km stretch, and, found the humungous Doddenakundi lake taking the highest precedence, with the temple taking the second most. We found that the street infrastructure facilitating towards the lake and the temple were lacking defined edges, and found that extending thresholds of these entities will help in the resolution of the carriageway and pedestrian movement. Urban Sprawl dictated the transitory land-use, and found that preventing the commercialisation of the existing residential settlement is mandatory. Hence, the extended thresholds for both the temple and the lake extended into the streetscape, emphasising on large foot paths for the recently commercialised, and, symbolically aligning and the entire neighbourhood into one visual experience. We used the "Chola Column as a visual guide through the neighbourhood, by placing them in prominent nodes and junctions, caving a unified path that connects the temple and the lake.
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