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Points discussed in class regarding Delhi
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DELHI\u2026Continuity and change
Students were asked to voice their feelings on Delhi, based upon the following
1. Morphological
- Delhi has natural features. i.e. River, ridge, creating a triangular
- Ecological context. Proximity to the Himalayas on one end and the desert
on the other.
- Various distinct patterns. i.e. Garden city pattern in Lutyens Delhi,

Shajahanabad, Radial garden city, urban villages
- Combination of planned and unplanned areas.
- Axis in the city: Central vista, Chandni chowk
- Delhi has multiple feeders from several states, as seven highways

converge here.
- Railways lines coming into the city divides it into various wedges (North,

Central, South, East, West)
- Flood basin is too wide (2-3 km) and divides the city into two
- Over 300 natural lakes previously existed which were a part of the natural

- Combination of high and low density areas. i.e. density variation
- Lutyen\u2019s Delhi is considered as an oasis between the heritage.
- Wholesale markets are important magnets of commerce and movements.

2. Perceptual
Symbolism, image of the city, territoriality
- Multi- character
- Poly-centric, with no fixed node as magnet for growth.
- Independent city
- Delhi is divided as: City of power \u2013 Lutyens Delhi, City of commoners \u2013
the rest of Delhi
- Heritage city

- Aggregation of various villages
- City of large distances, where the magnets are dispersed.
- High on the global as well as national wish list
- City of powerbrokers and corruption
- Cultural and multi-lingual
- Lots of urban hotspots-malls, bazaars etc
- City of accommodation
- Educational capital, good educational infrastructure

- Green city

- Trouble coping with growth. Delhi is becoming saturated
- Dispersal of urban fringe : drifting foci
- High crime rate and insecurity

3. Social
a. People
b. Places catering to people
c. Issues related to people: safety, exclusion, intrusion
d. Public places
- Uncouth, rude and unsophisticated people. Lack of civic sense
- Large expatriate population. 1947, 62, 71, 82 and the liberalization during
the 90\u2019s saw major population influx
- People are impersonal, selfish and there is a lack of snese of belonging

towards the city.
- At least 50% of the population living in substandard conditions
- cosmopolitan city and people, lots of diversity
- Difficult for aged to be alone and self dependent. Ageism in the city
- Unsafe transit for the children
- Enough opportunity in the city for a criminal mind to work. Dark alleys not

well lit, unsafe roads, visibility factor, law and order enforcement, un-

policed places
- Universal accessibility is poor
- A lot of things created on initiatives taken by the people. PVRs etc
- Isolated celebrations of festivals due to paucity of such spaces
- VIP security has become a nuisance.
- Post 1991, rapid growth in disposable income led to a growth in

consumerism. So, people started spending a lot more, leading to a growth
in the number of public spaces for entertainment and leisure

- Civic spaces for the public: Central vista, Pragati Maidan, Connaught Place, Janpath, Dilli Haat and piazzas connected with multiplexes and shopping precincts

- Lots of parks in Delhi for recreation: such as IP Park, Lodi Gardens, Nehru
Park, and Deer Park.
Visual dimensions
- Ramshackle, tacky image of Delhi with independent buildings without

coherence and jostling for space, signifying public aspirations.
- Greens in Delhi : visually pleasing
- Graphic dimension and visual scales are unorganized. Such development

came out of greed. Public adjunct graphics also not organized. Creation of
a visual cacophony.
- Elevations dictated by the bye laws.
- Visual oasis:

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