Second Place: “Re-looking at In-situ Slum Redevelopment” by Team ONEbyN, Chennai
Comments by the Jury - Team ONEbyn, “Re-looking at In-situ Slum Redevelopment” focused on re-thinking an existing in-situ slum redevelopment project in Vyasarpadi, Chennai executed by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance board. The proposal looked at spaces in terms of volume and not in terms of ﬂoor area, thereby creating an interesting grid pattern of modular units that can repeat-this differentiated the approach adopted by this group from the other competitors. Such a pattern allows for the creation of horizontally spreading settlement rather than the usual vertically conﬁguration that characterizes most in-situ slum redevelopment proposals. Incorporating the site’s undulations and contours and converting these into rainwater harvesting spots, the proposal adopts a sustainability aspiration along with its intentions to propose incremental growth.
The selected site is to re-look at a in-situ slum redevelopment project constructed by Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board in Vyasarpadi, Chennai. The site location is suitable for redevelopment as it is a prime area with highly active zones in the local surroundings. Every basic amenity like healthcare, job opportunities, educational institutions, market, transportation facilities ore available within 2 km from the site. The site houses dwelling units, ploy area for the kids and socialising spaces for the elders, commercial shops as per requirements and rainwater harvesting initiative through a water body present, as a region of the site is low lying than the surrounding. The peripheral road around the sile is for vehicles and other sub arterial roods ore pedestrianized. This reduces pollution near the residential units and pedestrian-vehicular conﬂicts.
The dwelling units each with ﬂoor area 23.04 sq.m hove been arranged in on interesting manner on a repeating 2.4m x 2.4m grid to create modular units that could repeal itself. A cluster of six units together shore a common corridor space and they connect to form blocks of varying lengths. Each unit has been provided with a deﬁned space for incrementing. The space proposed for incrementing has been used as balcony today. Incremental growth provides additional space in due time considering the needs and resources of the users. Each dwelling unit has a height of 4m and has been provided with a mezzanine level of height 2m for belter vertical spatial use. Each block is four storeyed; this limited height is user friendly and creoles a horizontally spread settlement similar to the slums. Generally, high rise proposals for slum redevelopment works against the behavioural nature of horizontally spread slums, eliminating social interaction, safety security and this delineation creates lack of trust among residents.