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


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 





Gurgaon formerly known as Gurugram, with an area of 732 sq.kms. is emerging as an IT hub and has facilitated several IT and other industries in the last two decades, which boosted up the pace of development in the city. Gurgaon has a continuing history from times of Mahabharata as the village of very famous Shri Guru Dronacharya and that�s the reason why it is known as Gurugram. The city has one of the highest real estate prices in India, and the rapid development of the IT sector has attracted the younger age groups towards it, because of more facilities, job opportunities and a good lifestyle. Still, there is a part of Gurgaon that is unknown to many, which is the old Gurgaon. The major focus of the research is on land use, infrastructure and settlement of this area. There is one such area which shows a glimpse of the old part of the city, named Ashok Vihar-II.