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 





The area of Sabarmati started developing after independence , there were many agricultural lands and Jain and Patel communities used to grow various crops. But, as the spatial extent of Ahmedabad started developing ecology was disturbed and the built mass developed as per need without a planning. The Jain community started leaving the old city due to the density of people. This area also resembles the concept of residing around the religious spaces as it was in the old city. . The main reason behind the land prices in the area were on the outskirts away from the crowds in the old city. The study area(precinct) is a square of 1km x 1 km.This particular area of Sabarmati lies in the western part of Ahmedabad, which acts as a commercial hub for the adjacent nearby areas like Motera,Visat,Kaligam, etc. The Sabarmati area acts as a suburb for various nearby locations. It was established after the great freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi decided to set up Gandhi Ashram in the year 1915.Sabarmati is also known as holy area to live in as there are many ancient Hindu temples. The Western Railway stations known as Sabarmati station was also established in the early 19th century which influenced people to reside in Sabarmati area as it was peaceful and apart from the main walled city. Hindu and Jain communities were the first one to relocate . There are various types of building typologies in which most of them are private residences.