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The subject of my thesis is to study the urban fabric of the

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The subject of my thesis is to study the urban fabric of the city and how it has changed in its transition from a temple town to a tourist destination, the plight and status of the often exploited class of weavers and the potential in rejuvenating and creating a series of spaces to enhance and shape the future development, whilst retaining a sense of history and heritage. There are a number of architectural possibilities in such a scenario ie. The creation of a settlement to facilitate the weavers work, creating a gallery to showcase the heritage of the place, envisioning a school that empowers the weavers guild and facilitates training in weaving, creating a setup for the produce and sale of silk saris, defining an urban layer or fabric towards the future extension of the city or even redesigning an important node or public space.


The study will also analyse a primary occupation of the people of the region and seek methods to emphasise this function and how it can been kept alive in terms of tradition and as a pure form of art. It will also deal with the systems that have been put into place to authenticate the final product and to give it a standardised rating to prevent it from becoming a system to exploit customers.

Empowering the Weavers

2009 AR 36
Purnima Bhaskaran
University School of Design

Thesis Synopsis

Kanchipuram Pattu Kudil
-The Silk house of Kanchipuram

This study provides the basis for understanding and setting guidelines for the typology of buildings that can come up within a certain city limit and the kind of activities that can be generated at various nodes of the city.

Urban interface & tourism

The intent would be to study all potentials of creating an architectural intervention
and then to make a conscientious decision as to what would benefit and direct the growth of the city and its inhabitants. It is to also help understand the basis of growth and development for a historical temple town and for the various influencing factors on such a townscape.
The need of the city’s evolution based study is paramount to understanding how the place is going to change and shape up and what it might need to facilitate the right growth.


Need for the study
Most people seeking to
purchase an authentic silk sari are often conned with factory made cheaper replicas without knowledge of what a real silk sari of the region should be.

The main streets of Kanchipuram
houses sweet stores and sari shops for tourists but lacks the lustre of creating an educating and viable commercial atmosphere.

The tranquil nature of this austere place is often disturbed by its rapidly growing need for modernisation and industrialisation.

The weavers’ guild

Tourist influx

The rich culture and heritage

The main objective is to create a space that involves
3 aspects of Kanchipuram

Objectives

My vision is to help the city with a built environment that can be plugged into the
current scenario to help focus the evolution of this city in the right direction.

Aim / Vision

“In this world, it is too common for people to search for something to lose themselves in. But I am already lost. I will look for something to find myself in.”
– JoyBell C.

Ekambaranathar Temple ( Shiva Temple) – Big Kanchipuram

75 KMs from Chennai to Kanchipuram via. Chennai – Bangalore Highway (NH4)

Chennai

Kanchipuram
Rich in history with a hot and humid climate the small village grew into one of South India’s most prominent towns that is now recognised as a temple town famous for its traditional style silk saris and a large influx of tourists and devotees.

Site C

Site B

Site A

Kanchipuram

Besides the Ponneri Lake - on the NH4 that links Chennai, Kanchipuram and Bangalore - The central node that links the city railway station and the Ekambaranathar temple (Shiva temple)

Possible Site location

Kanchipuram on the map

Varadharaja Perumal Temple ( Vishnu Temple) – Small Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram Pattu Kudil

- The Silk house of Kanchi
Thesis Synopsis
2009 AR 36
Purnima Bhaskaran
University School of Design

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