PUBLIC REALM OF THE PUNE CANTONMENT: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY ENQUIRY.
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The Pune Cantonment marked 200 years of its founding in 2017. It is a vibrant and inclusive historic business and residential area that has evolved over time to accommodate changing needs and usage patterns. Today Pune’s Camp area, situated in the heart of the city center, forms an excellent case study of deconstructing design intentions and expressions of the colonial quarter in post colonial times. The area can be broadly divided into two parts. One, the verdant and spacious configuration of army facilities, services and large bungalow layouts. The other, the dense fabric of the civil areas constituting schools, hospitals, bazaar and shopping streets, and tightly packed residential areas. It is this Civil area of the Cantonment that is of interest and value to architects, urban designers, conservationists and urban historians. It is one of India’s best examples of a Living Heritage Precinct: a place where old and new co-exist simultaneously. Through a design research approach, the 200 year history, anatomy and evolution of the settlement will be mapped and analysed through its public realm.
This course introduces students to the Public Realm of the Pune Cantonment with reference to streets, alley ways, public courts and markets, all within the context of heritage buildings which are struggling to survive the tide of rapid social and economic change. The study will be inter-disciplinary in nature having both a research component and a design enquiry approached through the lens of urban design and urban conservation. Expenses for students: Material cost: Rs 500, food and stay: Rs 7500, local travel Rs 1000/-.

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