At the end of this stage of the project, what is left is to point out some possible PARA-situations, which were discovered while drawing the sections through the Narratologies.
The three territories proposed in the epilogue are the initial attempts to uncover other possibilities within the thesis of this project. Each three of them belong to a different intersection of the cities of Ahmedabad, therefore present new stories within the haunted territories.
The Mill Owners’ Association Building site works with the narrative of patronage and tries to re-establish the relationship to wetness as well as set up a new planning paradigm. The Premabhai Hall opens up the opportunity for a new festival ground, where all the cities take presence within the recurring cultural framework. The Calico Mills site is developed in regard to the wider economy of the Sabarmati City and creates a self sufficient economy together with the Sabarmati Pol rickshaw workshops, while Kankaria Lake site elaborates the presence of the cities in regards to the tourist potential.
The more territories, surveys, designs and enquirers are drawn and carried out, the more rich and vibrant the Sabarmati City becomes, uncovering and dwelling on the infinite Narratologies of Ahmedabad.
The Mill Owner's Planning Center
Le Corbusier’s building was originally conceived as a place for the mill owners, where the patrons of the City of Post-Independence Modernity would gather as a society. Through the concrete frame hosting a hanging garden, over the basin of the Sabarmati, the Walled City would enter the building, constantly reminding its occupants of the other cities of Ahmedabad. The Riverfront Project added a strip of land infill in front of the Mill Owners’ building, therefore reducing the liminal layers of its architecture. The proposal is to take control of the territory and re-establish the relationship with Ahmedabad.
The next step would be to bridge the two sites with a footbridge above the ground, so that after entering the Mill Owners’ Building, the pathway would carry on constantly framing the Walled City until one would arrive to the secluded gardens of Ahmedabad’s patrons that rests on yet another river creek, providing a series of gardens and rooms to reside.
While the association club functions are moved towards the river in a series of more private spaces, the Mill Owner’s Building acts as a signifier of the development of the patronage institution of the Post-Independence City (almost like Uffizi Palace in Florence at the era of Medici). The building can now take function of a centre for urban planning, where folk of Ahmedabad, together with professionals from the very institutions created by the Mill Owner Association members, and the city patrons can come together for the possible future of the city.
Premabhai hall and City Performances
Premabhai Hall is a stop along the Salt March City, positioned in the very centre of the Walled City. Designed by B.V. Doshi in 1976, it is one of the later buildings that belonged to the City of Modernity. The performance spaces from the hall are imagined to extend from the interior to the old town, the old wall and onto the Sabarmati City through a series of architecture. The Narratologies of Ahmedabad’s architecture parasites on the wall of Premabhai Hall as an agency of amenity. A three-story building is designed adjacent to the building for a performance training programme. In addition, the nearby ground is vacated to accommodate an outdoor performance stage. The architecture continues to march to the Riverfront. The Satyagraha architecture continues to change the edge condition of the Walled City and joins its urban fabric layers.
A floating stage is designed on the edge of the riverfront to house on-water performances with series of tower overlooking the stage. The building next to it is programmed to be a festival office. It attempts to reconnect the old wall and the Sabarmati River through a series of underground water channel. In which, the river again becomes seasonal with the water collection system in the building, and water cleaning mechanism in the underground channels.
Calico Mills and kankaria lake - Industry and leisure
Calico Mills was once a sprawling site of industrial activity under the ownership of Ambalal Sarabhai - who was an early financier of the Sabarmati Ashram and supported of Gandhi. The site included a large water tank on the used wells to distribute the water from the Sabarmati. With the site closing in 1997 the buildings have fallen to disrepair and workers housing have been almost entirely vacated as a result of the services being cut. The proposal for Calico Mills is to re-establish this site as an industrial territory of The Sabarmati City. With a large workforce available in the expanding Ahmedabad and a desire for cleaner transportation the output of this factory is to become the largest e-rickshaw parts manufacturer in India. This will offer the urban proposal a means as it will provide the supply parts to the satellite workshops (e.g. Sabarmati Pol) that will provide the facilities to convert existing rickshaws in a bespoke manner. This factory will once again utilise the existing water system as the surrounding riverfront proposal by using it, storing it and furthermore cleaning it and collecting its potential energy when there is a deficit of power.
Further along this section is the narrative of the Kankaria Lake, completed in 1451 this decorative lakefront provides amenity to the city. With a redevelopment of facilities in 2008 this area is now a destination for leisure, tourism and events, however, the new amenities (faux trains, funfairs and balloon safaris) are perhaps insensitive to the stone carved stepwells, cupolas and viaducts with little consideration for the contribution towards the historical environment. Using the established function of Kankaria Lake the speculation is to continue the development of attractions with a proposal for an amphitheatre and a redesign of the current boating dock but with the consideration to design these amenities with the architecture posture and hauntology.