Conservation and Up-gradation of the Transforming Economic – Infrastructural Linkages in the Historic Core of Pune City

Author: Nikhil Pathak | Krvia – Post Graduate Program | 2020

A city is an anthropomorphic plan with a hierarchy of road and pedestrian networks which inculcates the qualities of human form and urbanism. The enhancing quality of connections and creation of new ones, for variety of choices of movement is critical to encourage networking. Any movement, be it physical, spatial or visual, ensures strong connectivity through the city centre and with the surrounding neighborhoods which is characterized by residential, commercial, institutional complexes and establishes the role of the core in relation to the greater community.

Urban Transit connections through history and territorial identity are important for establishing ‘place specialization’ in a rapidly urbanizing and global city. Identity of a place becomes an important aspect in planning process and continues to look into conserving more buildings in order to retain the collective character and memory of places.

A city should have a balance between open spaces and built up areas especially around transit oriented developments and how the activities of walking, cycling, connect, transit, housing density, connect and development shifts affect the fabric along the line. The rehabilitation of historic towns and districts must satisfy the present needs and aspirations and meet those of the future with social demands

When possible local lifestyles should be preserved and encouraged, new usage of spaces and activities should be compatible with those already existing. The rights and aspirations of populations must be respected as its social and economic activities often depend on the organization of the setting. Planning and protection of historic towns and districts is a multidisciplinary effort involving a wide range of professionals and specialists including archaeologists and art historians.

The thesis aims to understand the development in urban morphologies which have been possible due to networks that a city carries in its period of growth since its inception to its decadal growth where it can no longer expand and grow. The economic networks that have been the driving force of connect between the two neighbourhoods, or the cultural networks and linkages which have been the source of festivity of the region in its timeline and the infrastructural linkages which are the everyday source of movement and transit from various parts of the town. When an old city centre can no longer expand or support growth in livelihood and economics, certain infrastructures are imposed on old the fabric to retain the livelihood from collapse, these infrastructures/ interventions pose as a boon as well as a threat to the existing character of the place and in creating place identity.

Enhancing quality of existing connections and creating new ones, through a variety of choice for movement would be critical to encouraging the greater use of the city.

Text & Image Credit: Nikhil Pathak | Krvia – Post Graduate Program | Urban Conservation

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