Understanding The City

Faculty of Planning, Foundation Studio 2020

Urban Land 

Land-use map describes the existing purpose each plot of land serves and the location, distribution and total area of different land uses at the precinct level.

Floor space index (FSI) is an indicator of built density and expressed as the ratio of floor space (Built-up) to the plot area.


Gross FSI





Residential Land Area 


Distance from the City Center ( in Kilometres )

Population of the Precinct ( in thousands )



The selected site is 1 square kilometer in area and the results below are for this selected site.

Dwelling Units

Arera Colony

Evolution of the precinct from 2000s

Road Networks 

Block perimeter is a parameter used to assess the connectivity and accessibility for pedestrian users.

It is a predictor for walking activity.

Average block perimeter ( in meters )


Road Hierarchy is the classification of roads in terms of its functions and capacity. Higher the road hierarchy prioritizes mobility over accessibility.

Area under Roads  


Street Density ( kms/sq.km )



Public Space

A figure-ground diagram illustrates the relationship between built and open space in precincts. Open spaces such as streets, parks, natural features and plazas are represented by white, while  black indicates buildings.

Nolli's map is utilized as a method to identify different types of public realm in students’ precincts.The map is then used to also analyze the degree of ‘public-ness’ basis access restrictions pertaining to gender, time, age and cost.


Built Area 


Un-built Area


Area under public use 





The precinct of Arera Colony is in the centre a bit south of Bhopal. Arera Colony is near Habib Ganj Station and M.P.Nagar which are the business district, have gone about as an impetus in the improvement of the area. The planned streets in Arera Colony are really walkable. The streets have trees on either side. Arera Colony has a variety of land use and built structures. The region has all social amenities at walkable distance. It is likewise dominated with row houses as they are the most affordable. There are proper planned open spaces as parks and play areas which straightforwardly influences the everyday environments of the individuals dwelling in Arera Colony in a positive way.Hence this make the region of Arera Colony the most livable precinct in the city