Map your City!

Map of the Week- Perungudi Dumpyard

Image Posted on

Perungudi, a densely populated suburb along the IT corridor of Chennai, houses one of the two major garbage landfills in the city. Perungudi gets around 3,000 tons of waste per day, from seven of fifteen zones in the city. When Perungudi was carelessly chosen as a dump site way back in 1987, the government gave scant regard to the ecologically sensitive marshland of Pallikarnai-a hot spot for biodiversity that was situated right next to it. Ever since, the marshland has shrunk in size and the sewage treatment facility that is located nearby only makes matters worse for the flora and fauna of Pallikarnai.[1] 

Perungugi2

Map of the Perungudi Garbage Dumpyard and Pallikarnai Marshland

Perungudi
Transformation of Perungudi and Pallikarnai marsh over the past 15 years. Watch how the Marsh is slowly eaten away by Urban Development on its fringes.

 

References:
1. Transparent Chennai: Solid Waste Management in the City


Every city needs to be explored, mapped and drawn! Hashtag Urbanism presents “Map your City”– an Open-source Archive of maps of Chennai done over the years by students and professionals of Architecture. To contribute, send your maps to hashtagurbanism@gmail.com. Be a part of this movement! Let’s map our cities!


Map of the Week- Chennai’s Hidden Waste

Image Posted on

Chennai Wastes
Graphic Map showing state of Solid Waste management in Chennai. Where does your waste go?

Apart from 5000T/day of waste transported outside the city, 1250T fall out of the system and remain uncollected inside Chennai. This solid waste is unceremoniously dumped inside the 3 riverbodies of Chennai- Cooum River, Adayar River, and Buckingham canal. Cooum River flows through the commercial and industrial areas of Chennai, collecting 750MT of solid waste every day. The river banks of Cooum are home to 16000 encroachments and slums that bear the brunt of the city’s negligence towards Cooum.


Every city needs to be explored, mapped and drawn! Hashtag Urbanism presents “Map your City”– an Open-source Archive of maps of Chennai done over the years by students and professionals of Architecture. To contribute, send your maps to hashtagurbanism@gmail.com. Be a part of this movement! Let’s map our cities!


Map of the Week- Bridges in Chennai

Image Posted on

Bridges
Map showing Chennai’s Bridges over the Cooum River, Adayar River and the Buckingham Canal [Source: Triple O Studio, Chennai]
There are over 24 bridges over the Buckingham Canal, 13 over the Cooum River and about 6 over the Adayar within the Chennai Corporation Limits. These are more than just numbers- These bridges are the only places that the city connects with the rivers visually at the moment. While each of the bridges have their own history and story to tell, they could potentially be nodes that can revive the relationship between the city and its waterbodies. These nodes are more than just a LINK across the river- What if they transform into a PLACE to BE?


Every city needs to be explored, mapped and drawn! Hashtag Urbanism presents “Map your City”– an Open-source Archive of maps of Chennai done over the years by students and professionals of Architecture. To contribute, send your maps to hashtagurbanism@gmail.com. Be a part of this movement! Let’s map our cities!


Map Source: Triple O Studio, Chennai. (Project team: Tahaer Zoyab, Anupriya Subbian, Anisha Murali, Sabarish BP)


Map of the Day- Demographic Evolution of George Town

Image Posted on

Demographic
Map showing the Demographic Evolution of communities in George Town, Chennai. [Source : Study done as part of Gsen Trophy NASA 2012]

George Town is a unique amalgamation of various communities co-existing harmoniously in a homogeneous fabric united by trade prospects. The Buckingham Canal linked the port to Madras to various trading places along this aqua spine. The Telugu Chettiars shifted from Andhra to George Town to explore trading opportunities, bringing with them cultural, traditional opinions and unique way of living.Trade barriers were discarded, boundaries imploded and distances crossed when the Railway lines linked Madras with the rest of the country, attracting Marvaris from Gujarat, Rajasthan and other northern states.

The demography of George Town and Wall Tax Road reflects a  multi-ethnic society that acclimatised itself to the prospects of their potential new home.


Every city needs to be explored, mapped and drawn! Hashtag Urbanism presents “Map your City”– an Open-source Archive of maps of Chennai done over the years by students and professionals of Architecture. To contribute, send your maps to hashtagurbanism@gmail.com. Be a part of this movement! Let’s map our cities!


Map of the Week- Trade Spines of George Town

Image Posted on

4 Maps 2
Map showing the intersection of the three spines- The Buckingham Canal, The Wall Tax Road and the Railway lines near Elephant Gate Junction, George Town. [Source : Study done by Gsen Trophy Team of NASA 2012]

The confluence of the trade spines- The Buckingham Canal, The Wall Tax Road, and the Railway lines near the Elephant Gate junction and the merger of NSC Bose Road with Wall Tax Road highlights the importance of the segment of the spine. The permeation of trade through the Canal was a significant catalyst of trade and transit oriented development near the crux of the spine. This intermodal transit hub has immense architectural relevance with heritage buildings like Salt Cotaurs, dwelling units and the Buckingham Canal itself, a stellar architectural accomplishment unparalleled at that time.


Every city needs to be explored, mapped and drawn! Hashtag Urbanism presents “Map your City”– an Open-source Archive of maps of Chennai done over the years by students and professionals of Architecture. To contribute, send your maps to hashtagurbanism@gmail.com. Be a part of this movement! Let’s map our cities!


Map of the Week- Evolution of Trade in Chennai

Image Posted on

Chennai Evolution
Map showing Evolution of Trade and Commerce in Madras, and the significance of Wall Tax Road in George Town [Source : Study done by Gsen Trophy Team of NASA 2012]

The genesis of Madras as a British colonial enterprise, with the integration of the surrounding self-sustaining villages like Mylapore, Santhome, was the beginning of organized trade in the state.

The western side of George Town is the conflux of the three interdependent trade spines, namely, the Wall Tax Road, the Buckingham Canal, and the Railway lines leading to Chennai Central Station. These three mutual dependent trade spines, intertwined together, form the backbone of transit oriented trade in this area. Wall Tax Road further developed as an important link road between the arterial roads like Poonamallee High Road and Grand Trunk Road, becoming the face of commerce in George Town.


Every city needs to be explored, mapped and drawn! Hashtag Urbanism presents “Map your City”– an Open-source Archive of maps of Chennai done over the years by students and professionals of Architecture. Do you have a map to contribute? Send  it to hashtagurbanism@gmail.com. Be a part of this movement! Let’s map our cities!