The second prototype for CANOPY@ChandniChowk

Across the last few days, I made a second prototype of the CANOPY@ChandniChowk with the help of Ajay Mayekar, Dhaval Shellugar and Rutwik Sath, who are architects from Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi, the school of architecture in Mumbai.

Vaibhav Kaley, Vir Singh and Gaurav gave very valuable inputs for the design of the second prototype.

How it differs from the first prototype:
1) It is self-supporting structure and doesn’t need to be grouted in the ground (i.e. you don’t need to dig the earth)
2) it uses bolts for all the major structural joints and not ropes and so is much more stable and sturdy
3) It is much lighter and cost-effective/cheaper
4) It can take the load of at least two-three children who climb the first level to water the plants hanging from the second level

Some photographs of the new structure:

The initial drawing drafted by Ajay and Ritwik after our first discussion:

CANOPY: temporary roofs for tea-shops

an introductory graphic for the project
an introductory graphic for the project

Often it is just a question of putting one up.
But after it is stretched a claim is made.
And accepted.
A claim to shade. A livelihood. Space on the street. Protection from rain.

And then in some months, it will get torn. And replaced. Or patched.
CANOPY scripts some stories in between

CANOPY is a series of temporary (flexible, mobile, sturdy), multi-purpose roofs for shops on Indian streets.

The first set of canopies are for tea-shops in Chandni-Chowk (New Delhi) and will attempt to have these features:

  1. water collection (rain, dew, fog)
  2. space for growing vegetables
  3. space for sleeping
  4. LIVE solar mobile charging
  5. storage
  6. marking (creating an identity for the tea-shop through art on the canopy)

Some drawings and sketches will be posted soon.