Stepwise approach to redesign of Abids | Urban Renewal

Case study of Abids | Urban Renewal

Stage One

Understanding the concept of Urban Design and the reason for selecting the topic

Stage Two

Selection of a Zone in the area for detailed study and analysis (10,00000 sqm approx.)

Stage Three

Division of the major study zone into smaller zones for detailed study

Urban design process

Stage Four

After division of zones, study was conducted in a systematic way as follows:

Study to be done for every zone:

Identification and Classification of Buildings

  1. Residential buildings
  2. Commercial buildings
  3. Amenities
  4. Utilities
  5. Heritage structures if any
  6. Religious structures
  • Identification of land use pattern depending on the type of building
  • Influence of various land use activities on the commercial activities
  • Identification of the types of commercial activities in every zone
  • Identification of the type of road

Stage Five

Study of the history of Hyderabad (Study of evolution of various commercial hubs in the city and their reason for evolution)

Study of history of Abids as commercial hub

Identification of the Architectural style prevalent then

Study of commercial activities in those days

Change or shift in the commercial activities

Stage Six

Relating the commercial activities of all the zones and their influence on each other

Detailed study of the entire stretch after compilation of collected data includes:

Classification of various types of buildings and their influence on commercial activities

Study of road pattern

  • Primary roads
  • Secondary roads
  • Tertiary roads


  • Water supply
  • Drainage (storm water drains)
  • Electricity
  • Telephone lines
  • Garbage Disposal

Identification of nodal points on the stretch which influence the flow the public to the commercial hub

Detailed study of Traffic pattern in terms of:

  • Main users of Abids road
  • Types of vehicles and the approximate percentage of each
  • Origin and Destination Survey for Buses

Peak traffic hours

o   School traffic

o   Shopping hours

o   Office Rush hours

Skyline of the Streets

Stage Seven

Study of various reasons of why it flourished in its early years

The reason behind the activity of the commercial hub loosing importance that existed earlier

Stage Eight

Study of interdependency of Formal and informal activities

Study of Sunday Bazaar (History, relevance, demand for it)

Stage Nine

Selection of the most critical zone for redesigning and restructuring of the commercial neighbourhood (40,000 sqm)depending on the collected data and Analysis

Listing of various issues to be considered for redesign and restructuring.

Stage Ten

Preparation of Built form for the selected 40,000 sqm

Details include:

  • Name of the building
  • Height of the building
  • If the building has a cellar or not

Activity pattern with respect to built-form

o   Formal Commercial Activities

o   Informal Activities

  • Informal activities on a daily basis
  • Sunday Bazaar

Services with respect Built form of the selected area

Analysis of the selected area in terms:


o   On Street Parking

o   Building and Cellar Parking

o   Permanent Parking


o   Permanent Traffic

o   Flowing traffic

o   Floating traffic

o   Staggered traffic

Various hard and soft landscape elements and Building forms

Stage eleven

Selection of major junction for redesign (finalized critical zone for Redesign)

Further reading for understanding Urban renewal

Urban renewal Journal

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