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 





Palghar is a class II city located in Konkan region of Maharashtra state. Palghar is the tehsil and district headquarter for Palghar taluka and district. Majority of the population in nearby villages are schedule tribe. The railway station has played a key role in development of the precinct and the city, but it has also divided the precinct into eastern and western parts which are developed unequally. The western part of the precinct developed earlier due to the administrative offices being located here and has comparatively better road infrastructure while the eastern part experienced growth only in recent years. Commercial buildings are located in the western part near the railway station and along major roads. Residential apartment buildings and detached houses are seen on the secondary and tertiary roads. The eastern part of the precinct has predominantly residential building use. Property prices are also higher in the western part of the precinct as compared to the eastern part. The precinct reflects it�s unplanned peri urban character where areas within 1 sq.km differ from each other.