Negotiating Housing: Aurangabad Studio

Housing in India have long been economic drivers, aspiring many individuals to move towards better housing that resonates the social & economic wellbeing. When we discuss the housing in Indian context, one faces the complexity & multiplicity of issues that shapes the house and housing. Having said that, the housing policy and manifestation in contemporary time chooses to evade many of such complexities through uniform policy structure and creates a scenario of replicability and anywhere-ness.

The fourth year housing studio attempted to address the housing studies coupled with urban design approach to contextualize the housing. The studio explored at three stages: Study Tour to Aurangabad, Documentation of context, issues and sites and lastly the housing response. The sites chosen had different conditions in terms of social context, livelihood context and environmental context. The sites are: CIDCO N1 | CHIKALTHANA | GUNTHEWADI | GAUSHALA IN HISTORIC CORE | PANCHAKKI | CIDCO N6 | BALAJI NAGAR | .

With an extensive geographic coverage , the studio attempted to bring the discourse of housing as an anatomical structure of Architecture, Urbanism, Social and environmental systems and policy. In conclusion the housing studio is an attempt to articulate the role of state, the market and the type in the housing supply within the neo-liberal context.

Image Credit: Manoj Parmar | Director | KRVIA

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