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Urban streets and nodes : A case of Bangalore

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Urban streets and nodes : A case of Bangalore

Jon Lang
Urban Streets and Nodes
Urban streets and nodes being the main links and junctions for commuting, multifold as public spaces by structuring numerous aspects such as mobility of the inhabitants, their interactions as well as conduction of diverse array of activities.

“The quality of our communities and lifestyles they support, is an outcome of many factors, including the provision of streets, spacing of dwellings, availability of accessible green spaces, distribution of public open space, essentially the relationship between these.”
Urban Streets

Existing scenario
Urban Residential Nodes
Urban streets, being the basic physical infrastructure encompass more than 70% of public space in our cities and are very much part of the people constituting their surroundings.

Under the impact of rampant urbanization, our streets and nodes are failing to function as public spaces due to several reasons, one of the primary reason being lack of much required attention to micro details with respect to various amenities in the design of street scape navigated by the urban dweller.

They are recognized as important axes of economic activities, social interface and cohesion as they balance diverse users.

Therefore, the design of an urban street must reflect and accommodate these
assorted functions
so that they act as public spaces positively impacting the quality of urban life.
Streets and nodes are failing to function as public spaces
The lack of much required attention to micro details in our streets and nodes with respect to various amenities in the design of street scape navigated by the urban dweller is aggravating the situation.

This is leading to the non-functioning of our streets and nodes as public spaces
Streets in a commercial area
1. Make-shift bus stop on 11th main road between 28th and 29th cross roads
2. Area in front of Jayanagar Shopping complex on 10th main road
Proposed interventions
The proposed design intervention is to develop a bus shelter as an urban insert module which can be repeated.

1. Better equipped bus shelter with facilities such as-
Comfortable seating area
Activity zone for various users
Trash receptacles color coded for dry and wet waste
Water dispenser
Planter box with hand rail all around
Curb ramps
2. Transformer enclosure wall providing safety as well as vertical surface for thematic public art which can be changed periodically.
3. Tree guard with seating all around.
4. Space for multiple activities- street performance, hawkers, etc
5. Rickshaw stand
Prototype module- Bus shelter

Proposed design
Detail scheme of the intervention
Area in front of Jayanagar Shopping complex on 10th Main road
Proposed Intervention
The proposed design intervention is to develop a public resting point as an urban insert- a prototype.
1. Running urban shade to enhance the resting and walking experience.
2. Three types of comfortable seating verities:
Tree guard with seating all around.
Seating abutting the raised platform of Jayanagar Shopping complex.
Staggered/ grouped seating.
3. A well-defined entry to the existing Jayanagar Shopping complex with steps and ramp.
4. Trash receptacles color coded for dry and wet waste.
5. Activity space for different age groups.
6. Traffic calming measures
Detail Scheme of the Design Intervention

Proposed Prototype
Make-shift bus stop on 11th main road between 28th& 29th cross roads
Existing scenario
Aim of this intervention
To create a strong sense of place which is the key to any successful neighborhood by promoting and facilitating social interaction
Since 1940's urban planners have followed rules whose aim is to create a plan with high degree of geometrical regularity. By concentrating on the visual simplicity of overall forms, the human nodes are ignored until it is too late to define them properly.

Study Area Selected : Ramanjaneya Nagar, Vasanthpura Ward (197), South Bangalore
Vivid topography, challenging landscape in terms of elevations of the site.
Inadequate amenities, sparse and improper placement of street furniture.
Predominantly residential, with gradually commercializing main roads.
The area opposite to the New bus stand by virtue of its location, accessibility and visibility has a potential to become a vital node for the neighborhood.
I. Node A: Junction of 2nd main road and 7th cross road

The precinct lack in terms of basic facilities like Auto stand, street lights and public seating. The bus stand situated along the 12th main road is hidden and lacks the visibility from the main spine. Thus this area can become a strong node where it could visually act as a pointer to the existing bus stand while serving as a hub for various other neighborhood activities
Urban Recidential Nodes
Ramanjaneya Nagar
Existing Situation Node A
The area has a strong pedestrian link from 12th cross road which is at a higher elevation which on the other end connects to the main road of Uttarahalli. The area is surrounded by commercial neighborhood shops. The 3rd main road parallel to the 2nd main road is the activity spine of the neighborhood and is the main route for local buses.
Proposed INTERVENTIONS at Node A
The objective of this intervention is to provide a scheme to organize the community spaces for interaction and provide certain basic facility which is a requirement of the neighborhood, corresponding enhancement of the visual quality of the area.
1. Comfortable seating area
2. Retaining wall design
3. Guide lighting
4. Auto Rickshaw stand
5. Curb ramps and Barrier curbs
6. Trash receptacles color coded for dry and wet waste.
II. Node B: Junction of 3rd main road and 4th cross
The junction has a potential to thrive as an node for, neighborhood people use it for various activities particularly by the senior people.
Proposed Design Interventions at Node B
Prototype as urban inserts
The design intervention in this node essentially is to reorganize the street furniture while providing alternative designs to address the user friendly aspects to ensure the spatial quality .The proposal can be adopted as an urban insert module for such similar junctions in residential areas.
Key features of proposed urban inserts
All the designed modules are prototypes for urban inserts.
The design concept emphasize safety and user comfort.
Proposed prototypes are cost - effective and easy to build.
Addresses the long term issues of maintenance, public safety, vandalism and enhances visual quality.
The urban design interventions discussed in this paper, though case specific deliberates the scheme.

Each module design is based on user comfort, size and nature to suit Indian streets.

Hence can be used as ready- to- use urban inserts in such similar street and node scenarios.

The prototypes aid to create coherent and vibrant streets and nodes by providing visual and physical access.

These interventions essentially augment the legibility of public realm in Indian cities.

Ar. Bhaghyalaxmi M
Ar. Sindhu Srikanth
Ar. Arjun K S

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