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 





Mumbai is the commercial and financial capital of the India. The city offers many employment opportunities which resultant to increase the population of the city and became the most populous city in India today (Census, 211). Mumbai is divided in two districts. Mumbai city district in the north is the core area of the city while Mumbai Suburban District in the south is a residential hub. With about millions of people residing in the city, the urban pressure created on the southern part has led to the development in the northern part of Mumbai. This report contains the study of one sq.km area of Jogeshwari located in northern Mumbai as a part of western suburbs. Report focuses on the built environment of that one sq.km of Jogeshwari and the factors may have led to them as well as the relationship with overall city. The city is the complex network of different parameters helps the city to shape and grow. These parameters are important for urbanization and livability for the people residing in the city. To understand these parameters, many aspects are studied. This portfolio is a compilation of outcome of four exercises covering four different aspects of Jogeshwari: First Impressions, History and Transformation, Streets and Networks and Land Development and Built Form, Housing Choices. These aspects acts as the function to shape the city in the form of urban fabric, built forms, street network and open spaces. By studying these, analytical inferences can be drawn on the basis of location of the area with respect to city center, market prices, and change in built environment due to demand and development regulations. These studies can be a database to draw and predict the future demands and development of that particular area. For this study, the area was first documented by preliminary survey through aerial imagery and site visits. Based on that the area was mapped using the Geographic Information System (GIS) for statistical analysis. For further detailed study, the data was collected from secondary sources like articles, government websites, relevant journals and personal interviews of residents of Jogeshwari.