D-I-Collective Vista: Co-Design, Adapt and Assemble

by Samriddhi Dugar

The project ‘DIY Vista’ envisages Central Vista in Gandhinagar as a playful, socially engaging, and productive space that supports community interaction and brings together different ecosystem services.

With this objective, the currently fenced and predominantly lawned underutilized area was analyzed in terms of usages. Further analysis was derived from studying the existing active zones and activities, those which have been developed and maintained by people in neighborhood pockets. These activities mostly included growing spaces, play areas and various community interactive zones. Based on the synthesis of data gathered, the design strategies for central vista were devised that makes it a space that harbors different activities as well act as a catalyst space for uniting the community. 

The Strategy Proposes a productive unit in each sector where multiple set of activities, some proposed in the catalogue can be practiced. The location for such spaces will be centrally located and would be categorized under the reserved land. The idea behind is to amplify the scale of such DIY productive activities that take place at a neighborhood level to sector level.
Proposed Central Vista Plan

Area Detail – Grow and Community Interaction Zone

The design includes: 6 zones- Relax, Grow, Play, Interact, Experience and Ecological.  All the 6 zones are defined with a different set of activities and planting palette to bring diversity of uses but are interlaced together to bring unification in design. Further the zones are connected by a network of trails traversing through various landscapes punctuated at certain intervals by pause points (gathering spaces). 

Architectural Inserts

Inspired by strategies for activating public spaces where users can respond to the interventions as they wish, celebrating the multi- use nature of the design and its adaptability. This design also follows a likewise strategy which guides and inspires the users to personalize their public spaces. 

This is achieved through flexible furniture design, planting palette and adaptable zones.  

Each of the zones will be supported by a DIY station where people can borrow the DIY kits that are basically detachable lightweight structures that can be assembled and disassembled as per needs. For example. The grow zone will have seeds, tools for people to engage/ volunteer in the process of building and rebuilding the vista. Similarly other zones will cater to play kits, community interactive kits etc. 

Overall, the design will provide a seasonally and programmatically dynamic space, bringing a truly people-centric and productive plaza in the center of the city.

Sections Through Various Zones
The design is divided into 6 zones (Relax, Grow, Play, Interact and Experience) taking clues from the various DIY activities currently developed and maintained by people at a neighborhood scale. These zones are connected by a network of trails traveling through varied landscapes punctured by pause points. These spaces will also support DIC stations where people can rent furniture’s and create changing possibilities of gathering spaces. Overall this manual guides the user to create static and dynamic conditions whereby spaces change, evolve, activate seasonally and different times of the day.
Zoomed in Views
Intervening of Human Activities and Landscape at D-I-Collective Vista
View providing a seasonally and programmatically dynamic space, bringing a truly people-centric and productive plaza in the center of the city.