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SEDA – Urban Design Studio…Exercise-1…Study of ‘bazaars’…

SEDA – Urban Design Studio…Exercise-1…Study of ‘bazaars’…


Study of ‘bazaars’

In the groups of four, students will pick an existing bazaar, or a portion of a bazaar, from the city of Vadodara and study it under following topics.

Experiential mapping

  • Google map printout on a scale
  • Photographical documentation (places, objects, people)
  • Individual sketches (min 10 per person)
  • Cross-sections through the street (should cover all the conditions)
  • A collage depicting the experiential qualities of the bazaar
  • List of objects being sold in the bazaar (get some)
  • People’s profile (shop owners, residents, shoppers at various times of the day)
  • Landmarks
  • Secondary/support activities (eateries, parking, etc)

Physical mapping
(Get your measure-tapes moving)

  • Sketched plan of the identified area on a scale (with activities)
  • Sections-Elevations on a scale (with activities)
  • Detailed layouts and sections of the variety of shops, starting from a small thela, up to big shops
  • Display techniques, shop extensions, details


  • Figure-ground relationship
  • Land-use and ownership
  • Activity mapping – Morning, noon, and evening activities rendered on the plan (with photographs)
  • Territory marking on site plan and cross-sections (follow three different colors)
    • Actual boundary of the shops
    • Extended boundary of the shops
    • Visual extent in the street
  • Relationship with the city (location, growth, etc)
  • Support activities in-and-around the market
    • Eateries
    • Hotels
    • Banks/ATMs
    • Godown
    • Parking
    • Bus-stop/auto-stand
  • Comparative analysis between ‘market’ case-studies and malls with respect to following qualities
  • Density
    • Layering
    • Complexity
    • Anonymity
    • Porosity and edges
    • Territory
    • Dynamism (time and space)
  • (pick one of the following malls for comparative analysis)
    • National plaza
    • Inorbit mall
    • Dmart, Akota
    • 7 seas mall
    • New Bus Depo
    • Typical commercial complex on O P Road

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