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 





Akola is located in Maharashtra, India. Akola coexists with the old and the new settlement. Different typologies, densities, infrastructure etc. which are in the study area, were studied in the Understanding the City Foundation studio at CEPT University. The study analyses various elements in Akola using 1 Sq. Km precinct of Maratha Nagar area as a case study. Maratha Nagar is an institutional and residential hub located North of Akola. Being near to the city centre and having various institutions, Maratha Nagar has become an important location in Akola. The focus of this study is on understanding various layers of Maratha Nagar which are affecting its development and focusing on how the presence of large institutional area play a role in shaping the developmental of the neighbourhood. Various parameter like the study of landUse patter, FSI population density, availability of economic opportunities, and the presence of various infrastructure, were used to understand the development of Maratha Nagar and its challenges.