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 





Kathriguppe is blend of commercial activities and residential layout in the South of Bengaluru. The 1 feet road also known as the outer ring road is a high traffic road consisting of commercial stores along. The junction of 8 feet road and the outer ring road which acts as the major landmark to the precincts. The green parks present in the precinct form the lungs of Kathriguppe. The inner roads adjoining to main roads gradually transform from commercial to a complete residential zone. Due to increase in influx of population the increase in apartments in recent years and mix of retail and non-retail building use has become the new trend. Kathriguppe has gone through a lot of development in terms of building typologies and land development which brings changes in property prices. The main aim is to decipher the evolution of the transformations which occurred over a period of time, within the largely planned city of Bengaluru in the 1 sqkm precinct.