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This blog is a place to share experiences, ideas, thoughts, regarding our research project on the liminal areas of Chandigarh city. Our aim is to collect evidences about how participants have experienced this style of teaching/learning process. You can post your impressions on the process itself, the topics involved and their relationship with your professional field as future designers, the difficulties that you may have experienced during the process, the decision making that you’ve followed, etc. Participants feedback is essential to reflect about our project!

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G2 - Presentation

On 20th of September the work was presented in the Auditorium of the Architecture Institute at the Chandigarh University. Prof Daniel Lorenzo introduced the workshop: area of study, organization, procedure and phases. Later, all the groups of students presented their work by focusing on the learnings and results obtained.

T1, talks about the multifaceted view of the street reality through video making. The video tool makes possible to register the moves of the city along the axis analyzed, the changes that occur along the different areas and the resulting image.

T2, explored the importance of sounds in the city and how conditions the way the space is used. They found that changes between the points analyzed along the axis are not too big in absolute terms. However it is found that most noisy areas match with street joins and roundabouts. Likewise, change is radical from one or the other side of the neighborhood surrounding walls. 

T3, described the limits generated by the walls along the…

G2 - Results

Eight documents have resulted from the weekend work. Here are presented the layouts that were developed in the same scale, analyzing the topics previously stated. Every concept is shown in two layouts, the first contains the conceptualization of the concept in an urban floor plan of the area, which was the same for all the groups. In the second layout, pictures of the area are organized in a way that illustrates the concept analyzed at the same time that contributes the comprehension of the results obtained in the layout 1.
Fig 1, T1 – City Moves

G2 - Studio

Once the material was collected in Chandigarh we went for the editing. Sunday 16th of September we work on the Architecture College at the Chandigarh University, non-stop. Organized by groups and coordinated by the professors every group develop two layouts: one focus on the edition of the pictures taken the day before and the second in a floor plan that had to synthetize the concept they were working with.

Fig 1, Studio Work
During one day students were focus on one single concept related to the Chandigarh Interface strip. Keeping focus in one single aspect was not a simple task. They have to identify what it was relevant and create their own representation system. And with the strict limitation of onw day time. Journey finished at 18.00. Fig 2 Studio Work

Fig 3, Material Organization

Fig 4, T7 – Green Feelings

Fig 5, T7 – City Ways

G2 - Topics and Capturing

An early meeting in one of the busiest stops of the strip, at the limits of sector 56, a health cluster, facilitated the organization of the day.
Inside the Max Hospital area, a light structure provided the necessary shadow and sound protection to make the working groups, distribute the concepts and organize the route.

Fig 1, Chandigarh Interface Route
The 21 students were divided into groups of 2 or 3 members and link to specific urban concepts that had to capture through pictures, videos and sketch. Likewise, making use of a base map of the area they registered the information that regarding the provided concepts was of interest for their later representation of the area. Due the large number of students interested in the workshop was possible to analyze the urban fabric and landscape from a wide number of perspectives.
T1 – City MovesT2 – City VibesT3 – Walled CityT4 – City WaysT5 – City IntensenessT6 – City IntensenessT7 – Green FeelingsT8 – Vacant CityT9 – Dark CIty

Following, the fl…

G2 - Exploration

On Saturday 15th, the 7km strip was tracked. Students and professors move in rickshaw, cars, bikes, and walking to capture the feelings and state of the border.
Fig 1, Exploration
First thing to realize was the inexistence of the road as it was planned. The limit is now diffuse and not continue. The track had to be modified from a straight line to a more wavy line. Along this line, the urban condition is under continue change. Hyperarctivite gives space to a calm areas, density gives space to low urbanized spots, formality gives space to improvised developments.

Fig 2, Exploration
However, the green is almost a continue pattern. With different densities, shapes, heights and distances from the user perspective, the sometimes spontaneous and other times designed green unifies and sometimes mask the build-up environment.
Fig 3, Exploration

Fig 4, Exploration