Project description

Narratologies of Ahmedabad is an architectural proposal based on the inquiry into stories that haunt the city. Traced through narrative figures, structures and places, as well as our own narratives, our proposals draw out a possibility for the future while remaining grounded in the enquired narratologies of past and present.

As outsiders, we uncovered Ahmedabad through the event of The Salt March, an act of non-violent resistance led by Mahatma Gandhi in 1930. Through the study of body and building posture the relationship between the perception of narrative event and architecture was discovered. The anatomy of narratological absence and presence resulted in a series of tectonic speculations in hauntology.

Through exploration and measuring, the unique constitution of the present Ahmedabad was revealed. On a city scale, when put in series, the analyses of the various city territories display narratives of past visions for Ahmedabad, which today are sensed like disparate fragments strewn across the carpet of the city. The proposed Sabarmati Riverfront City affords the space to bring the fragments together constituting a new possibility for Ahmedabad.

The new assemblage for the Sabarmati Riverfront City hauntology is tested technologically and ecologically through three projects: Dandi Crematorium, Sabarmati Pol and Sabarmati Business District offer programmes of life and death, dwelling and community, and economy and environment. The new series of enzymatic territories parasite as an architecture of non-violent resistance to neo-liberal compulsions along the riverfront wall to re-engage with wetness to reintroduce the liminality between city and Ganga.

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Carpet of the Cities of Ahmedabad
Sabarmati Business District

This project is a relocation of the Old City clothing market, through the study of The Salt March, onto the riverfront. The area of the riverfront site chosen for speculation is a raised landfill positioned between two riverfront development areas – the riverfront promenade and the Sunday Market. The design cuts through the territories to establish a set of liminal agencies of mutual parasituation: of neo-liberal global economic expansion curtailed and redefined by the Satyagraha of community economies.

Sabarmati Business Dictrict Exploration from the Carpet
Sabarmati Business District Location Plan 1:500 expand
Section and Strategic Elevation 1:500
Hauntology of the In-Between

Satyagraha marches through the territories creating a series of tectonics of breathing surfaces, that separate spaces, form enclosures and yards and create liminal conditions between secluded corporate offices, public amenities and folk and entrepreneur interaction places. As the architecture of the Business Gardens reaches to the Sabarmati, the liminal programmes of Markets, event spaces, auditoriums and flood-planes merge, bridging the effusive layering of Ahmedabad Narratologies and transposing the boundaries of territories as extended thresholds of reciprocal transmission rather than absolute limits and stand-offs between different cultural forces.

Sections through the District 1:200 expand
Elevation through the Sabarmati Creek 1:200 expand
Business Garden rendering
Verticality of the Scheme

Vertically, the creeks create a series of boundaries between business gardens and Sabarmati promenades, where the office buildings of different scales reach to the Sabarmati to gather the wetness of the pools. The vertical layering culminates with the crowns of the trees and Photo Voltaic panel roofs that reach out for the sun to gather the solar energy necessary for the transmission of wetness and cooling of the architecture.

Ahmedabad Water Department Building Exploaded Axonometric 1:200 expand
Ahmedabad Water Department GF Plan 1:200 expand
Ahmedabad Water Department

Ahmedabad Water Department is positioned on the central creek and connected with the Delhi Gate Market, the building hosts multiple relationships between the city and the water, the government and the public, the market and the gardens, and so on. 

Ahmedabad Water Department roles and hierarchy are presented through the layout of the building. The department has two branches: water project and water production. The former branch deals with new projects such as construction of new plants and development of strategies, while the latter is responsible for operation on the existing water plants. As such, it is only the water project ranch, that would be permanently residing in the building together with department head. The hierarchy is maintained by the allocation of head offices (on the right). In turn, keeping the rest of the layout open to possibilities of splitting it by project teams, providing different arrangements. The public part of the building allows for meetings with members of public as well as with other members of the department.

Exploaded Water Department Plans 1:100 expand
Monsoon Section 1:100
Vaulted Atrium Exploaded Axonometric 1:200
Atrium and Staircase Model
Office Render
Delhi Gate Market Film Collage
Delhi Gate River Market

The Market is located on the liminal boundary between the level of the Business Gardens and the level of the Riverfront promenade. The liminal condition of it allows cyclical flooding of two main forces of the Sabarmati City - Ganga and Folk. The Folk is brought by the original Delhi Gate clothing market and floods the space with fabric and clothing every day, while retreating the ribbon stock to the storage at night. Ganga claims the territory every monsoon, making the folk retreats. The path between the storage and the market is shaded and elevated above the flood level, so that the operation is not interrupted by Monsoon.

Delhi Gate River Market Sections 1:200
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