The Social Address

Sreyash Dasgupta, Upasana Paul, India 

 

Explanatory Note

PROJECT BRIEF

To design an architectural object in the space under the Tolbuhinsky bridge that would add to the city fabric. 

EXISTING CONDITION

The project is proposed under the Tolbuhinsky bridge. The landscape of the region wears a cold and barren character, which is pierced by the straight line of the Tolbuhinsky bridge.

The sociological survey of local residents reveals a lack of adequate activities in the area.The area lacks social gathering places, green spaces, and sport related activities. 

The Social Address

PROPOSAL

An effort has been made to break the rigidity of the urbanscape in terms of material and geometry, breaking the concrete straightness of the bridge by introducing the curve beneath the straight line, married with bright colours against a sea of white, reflecting a much needed contrast. The curve envelops functions that infuse life and activity in the area, thereby rejuvinating the entire space below the bridge and the landscape connecting this space.

THE FORM

3 modules of length 35m, 50m and 60m of wire mesh and polymer based material are curved independantly to form different shapes and joined longitudinally/horizontally to envelop different functions. These 3 modules can be used and re-used to create innumerous forms creating endless opportunities of infusing function within the space generated from the curves. The final form is easily assembled and disassembled and can be installed across the length of the bridge revitalizing the entire area below the bridge. 

THE FUNCTION

Functions proposed (though not limited- would depend on the form created out of the modules)

1. Cafetaria
2. Theatre
3. Roller Skating
4. Games Zone
5. Social Hall

SOCIOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL IMPACT OF THE PROJECT

The forms created from the modules would house a variety of activities and thereby would bring to life the space under the bridge, and the extension into the landscape.
It would result in social gatherings, interactions and exchange of ideas, celebration and unity amongst the local people. The theatre, games arena and giant LED screens would bring in people of all ages together to celebrate heritage, culture, art and in general to celebrate life!..A truly Social Address it would be! 

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE PROJECT

The activities defined by the form would automatically bring in revenue for the private/public sector.As a result of the proposal attracting footfall, people would like to invest in more activities in and around the area, thereby germinating a social and economic development.

SUSTAINABILITY OF THE PROJECT

The installation of pressure sensor pads in certain areas enveloping the form can be the source of running of the LED screens. The pads would convert the kinetic energy of the people moving on them into electric energy, which would be then used to run the screens.Pressure sensor pads could further be installed on top of the bridge, and due to the movement of cars over them, would generate electricity for the project.

Further each aspect of the project would be reused for a multiple number of functions thereby expanding its scope of affecting the city fabric, and turning this space under the Tolbuhinsky bridge into the ultimate Social Address of the region! 

Authors:

Sreyash Dasgupta

Bachelor of Architecture, Jadavpur University (graduated 2013 with honours)

Professional Work Experience

  1. Mathew & Ghosh Architects Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore, India -2011 (Ar. Soumitro Ghosh, Ar . Nisha Mathew Ghosh)

  2. Shatotto, Dhaka, Bangladesh-2013 (Ar. Rafiq Azam)

  3. Vastu Shilpa Consultants, Ahmedabad, India-2013 (Ar. B.V. Doshi, Ar. Rajeev Kathpalia, Ar. Sonke Hoof)

  4. Sukanya & Associates , Kolkata, India-2014 (Ar. Sukanya Dasgupta)

Upasana Paul

Student of Architecture, 5th year, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Professional Work Experience

  1. Mathew & Ghosh Architects Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore, India -2013 (Ar. Soumitro Ghosh, Ar . Nisha Mathew Ghosh)

  2. Square Consultancy Services, Kolkata, India – 2014 (Ar. Ranit Maiti, Ar. Subhrajit G Mitra) 

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