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Urban Artifacts as Catalysts for Interaction

Author Sreoshy Banerjea

India, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Relief Road

Authors Sreoshy Banerjea

Urban Artifacts as Catalysts for Interaction

Strengths: The strengths of this project are that the system of platforms and plinths can essentially be prefabricated as as a system that can be inserted onto existing buildings. After which, the existing building can be retrofitted to maximize interaction with the new system. If realized , this project will allow a new social and economic system to develop throughout India.

Difficulties: The difficulty lies in getting city approval to create this system since it is unprecedented, and especially in India, the line between the rich and the poor is drawn quite heavily. By mixing the hawkers and the mall within the building itself, the sterile nature of the mall will be disrupted. However, this is where this project has the most potential since it becomes a social experiment that can invent community empowerment, and participation in government processes.

Extra information: The cost of this project has not been stipulated. However, there are two different potential costs. One, if the mall has to be built entirely, and two, if only the platform and plinth unit is to be created and attached to an existing building. This project was my undergraduate thesis, and the entire project can be read at the following link: http://digitool.rpi.edu:1801/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIGITOOL-3&owner=resourcediscovery&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=24135

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