3D map of Ahmedabad – A Concept
If we think about maps, the visuals that come to our mind most of the time are navigational maps Eg. School Atlas map or Google maps. Primarily maps are used for navigation. But there are certain maps which are used for completely different purpose and they CERTAINLY look different than the maps that we know.
One of the most important aspect if maps are boundaries. Boundaries are of 2 types:
- Physical Boundaries: Natural constructs like mountains, river, sea etc.
- Manifested Boundaries: Man-made lines between 2 countries or states.
Boundaries are real – that is we can sense them. Eg. The strip of no-man’s-land between 2 neighboring countries.
Territories don’t have physical existence. They reside in the mind. It’s the mental occupancy of the boundary. Eg. The British empire at its peak of power stated that “The sun never sets in the British Empire“. It was the sense of occupancy they had over the world.
So I thought I ll try making the 3D map of Ahmedabad as a part of our ethnography course. This is what I made.
The central shaft is the Sabarmati River, which according to me is the central nerve that connects Ahmedabad. It’s a main reference line, just like the local train line of Mumbai.
The circles around the river are the 7 main bridges which lie within Ahmedabad.
The thin circular strip that surrounds the river is the current BRTS route.
The 2 blue semispherical structures are the 2 lakes: Chandola Lake and Kankaria Lake
Child’s Play – Flexible Spot Lights
8th April 2011
I made these 3 spot lights, with a thick aliminium wire as the stem which gives the flexibility to bend the stem in any position. The circular wooden base has screw slots to fix it to wall.
Intended for wall projection, these spot lights give a oval focus light on the object / frame.
The stem is covered by woolen thread for grip and to give a “soft-comfy” look.
The spot lights when arranged together look like children playing together, holding hands, wrestling etc. The colors of the threads and the contrast with white base adds to the playfulness of the lamps.
- Child’s Play – Flexible stem
Understanding Space – Volume
10 March 2011
One of the task given to us was to design a kinetic art “Mobile” – Alexander Calder’s Style.
I found 2-3 places very interesting in the campus, The foyer of academic block, the path from hostel to transit campus and the passage between gym and conference hall.
The below are the pictures of “The Passage” between gym and conference hall.I find this place interesting as it has this translucent sheet above it, due to which the interaction of light and colour with the walls can be seen here. The feeling of walking through a box having good lighting and plant plots welcoming you, gives a good feeling.
I made a miniature model(1:20 scaling) of the passage. So that i could decide upon the relative scale of the mobile that is going to be installed there.
Golden Mean Compass – Construction
7th March 2011
I made this Golden Mean Compass while studying phyllotaxy and Golden Ratio. This is an ancient design used in construction of building and paintings.
Mobile – Alexander Calder Inspired
7th March 2011
I made a mobile prototype on the lines of American sculptor Alexander Calder. The Mobile has 7 nodes. The lastgest one is equal to weight of all other nodes and branches. The branches gets divided in the golden ratio (this is also the way in which the bronchi gets divided in the lungs).
The nodes are made of clay for quick changes.