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 portfolio is a compilation of exercises conducted in Understanding the City, Foundation Studio. It aims to understand the city and in depth understand the selected 1 square kilometre of precinct within the city. Research, primary and secondary surveys and personal interviews are some of the methodologies followed for optimum results. The portfolio is divided into three parts to better comprehend the data. First part focuses on introducing the city and precinct. A city level public space is further studied to understand the city identity. The second part studies the character of precincts on the fringes through a comparative analysis. The analysis is done among the precincts of Mumbai, Maharashtra, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh and Ballari, Karnataka to understand the behavior of fringes in different tiers of cities. The third part studies the tradeoffs and livelihood choices made by people for better living conditions through jobs, housing choices and transportation.