Article source: Architecture Discipline
Life in Delhi’s urban villages is defined by the two conflicting forces of exploding unregulated development and a dense inherited city grain. Defined by archaic laws that relied on a periphery demarcated by a red string (or Lal Dora), these ancient settlements are fast transforming into the city’s hip areas as cheap rents attract young entrepreneurs with big ideas and limited budgets. Adding to the mix is the general sense of lawlessness that pervades these areas, whether it is poor regulation of building bylaws or safety for establishments against theft and arson. Vibrant during the day, strong opaque shutters are drawn across show windows by night, further lending an air of desolation as the traditional residential population has slowly gentrified and moved out.
- Architects: Architecture Discipline
- Project: ART DISTRICT XIII
- Location: Delhi, India
- Photography: Jeetin Sharma
- Design Team: Akshat Bhatt, Nikhil Auluck, Nishant Malhotra
- Name of Client: Kapil Chopra
- Name of Client’s Firm: Art District Xiii
- Contact Person: Pooja Mishra
- Site Area (sqft&sq m): 1700 sq.f.t
- Built-Up Area (sqft&sq m): 2500 sq.ft.
- Start Date: Month Year: March 2014
- Completion Date: Month Year: April 2014