• Tutor/s Nimit Killawala | Prateek Banerjee
  • TA Bageshri Thakar
  • Code AR3033
  • Faculty Architecture
  • Level L3 Studio Unit

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The idea that work is bound to be anchored in a corporate office succumbed during the ongoing COVID crises, making us think about integrating workplace at a neighborhood scale. Unlike mono functional and generic office buildings located in CBD’s, the unit aims at testing workplace typologies within civic environments, supported by community / civic institutions offering an eco-system, wherein individuals can tap into networks of collaborations offered within their surroundings. Freelancers are no more isolated, small businesses have the flexibility to expand and shrink as required. The focus is to attract a young work force within a rich urban environment, with enough to offer even after the traditional working hours. The current knowledge economy, only fosters such collaborations - bridging services, research and the creative clusters. The unit speculates on the cross overs among such entities as potential drivers for change within cities. For the upcoming Monsoon’21 semester, the site has been identified in the western Suburb of Vile Parle in Mumbai. The designated plots - sit along a water channel, skirting the northern periphery of Juhu Vile Parle Development Scheme (JVPD), a prominent residential neighborhood within suburban Mumbai.