Streets as Natural Public Spaces: A Study of Abbas Tayabji Road, Vadodara

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Year : 2022 | Volume : | Issue : 2 | Page : 48-60

    Swara Shah

  1. Manali Shah

  1. Associate Professor, College of Architecture, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology (SVIT), Gujarat, India
  2. Associate Architect, Department of Architecture, Lambton College, Toronto, Ontario


A Street is a fundamental unit of urban space through which people experience a city. Streets shape the form and comfort of urban communities. Hence, it is very important to study the phenomenon of the natural public spaces. The streets are the best examples of the natural public spaces and play multiple roles to everyday human life. The study attempts to obtain the various factors and elements of built environment help to transform the streets into a desirable public space. After understanding the role of the urban streets along with factors and activities that affect the street through literature review and case studies, the Abbas Tyabji Road of Vadodara city has been identified as the study area. A detailed study of the identified street has been done through sketches and activity mapping in different periods. After understanding the street functions and factors affect its users the study concludes how the street becomes a shared natural public space with some architectural solutions.

Keywords: Natural public space, urban streets, public realm, recreational spaces

[This article belongs to International Journal of Architecture and Infrastructure Planning(ijaip)]

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Regular Issue Open Access Article
Volume 8
Issue 2
Received November 28, 2022
Accepted November 25, 2022
Published November 28, 2022