As a part of my architectural thesis in the final year of my bachelor programme in 2009, I worked on the redevelopment of the Poorna Market in Visakhapatnam, my hometown. It involved identifying the existing problems in terms of distribution of spaces, parking, entry exit points, ease of navigation inside the market, navigation around the site, cleanliness and shopping experience.
The resulting design is a very vernacular approach to the people’s mindset in this part of the country. Providing spaces and selling platforms for the organic hawkers, usage of local materials during construction, easier wayfinding, waste seggregation and disposal systems, circulation and signage systems designed according to the visual language of the category specific to the region, wind channelling, fire safety and better seggregation of spaces are some of the main features of the market
Do take a look at the process documentation of the project, including case studies, site visits, user research, site studies and design development here.
Guide: Prof. M. Vinod Ganesh