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.

1.4

Gross FSI

1.8

Net FSI

59

%

Residential Land Area 

10.8

Distance from the City Center ( in Kilometres )

Population of the Precinct ( in thousands )

38.6

Chennai

The selected site is 1 square kilometer in area and the results below are for this selected site.

Dwelling Units

9639
Saidapet

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 )

595

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 )

26.2

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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.

47

Built Area 

53

Un-built Area

20

Area under public use 

%

%

%

SHARMI RA

Cities undergoing urbanization, respond to it by accommodating people in existing neighborhoods, or creating new neighborhoods on the periphery of the city. The quality of life in these existing neighborhoods is at question. This effect of urbanization on neighborhoods, can be understood, by analyzing Saidapet, a locality in the central part of Chennai. Amidst industrial and commercial areas and being well connected, makes it a choice of preference for people who come to the city, making it accommodate more than its capacity affecting the quality of life in the neighborhood. So is the case of many neighborhoods in the city!

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