Balkrishna Doshi’s Aranya housing in Indore, India began in 1985 as a sites-and-services project for mixed-income housing. One of the key elements of Doshi’s design was a hierarchy of open spaces that included small courtyards to be shared by three to four families, larger green spaces for each of the settlement’s six sectors, and a central playing field to serve the entire development. Some of these spaces have succeeded, and some have failed according to Doshi’s criteria for the functioning of open space. My paper analyses these spaces in terms of their performance with respect to utilitarian, sociocultural and perceptual functions, and draws conclusions regarding the implementation, maintenance and design of incremental projects.
|Keywords:||Urban Open Space, Utilitarian, Sociocultural, Economic, Perceptual, Sites-and-Services, Incremental Building, Incremental Design, Mixed-Income, Spatial Hierarchy, Chowk, Otta, Courtyard|
Lecturer, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Unitec, Auckland, New Zealand
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