Next morning, we met with our teacher again to discuss our findings. She grazed through the pictures and eventually told us to work on the shop with a variety of materials. She selected this store called “Adarsh Stores” as she thought that there were more possibilities of improvement here.
My group could work on space management, waste management and installation, presentation and cataloguing and maybe even, promotion. As my group consists of five people, she suggested that if we were unable to find another solution, two people could probably work on promotions.
We finally selected our micro-area! Now we only had to determine which member works on what aspect.
Thank you for reading the post! We are creating a material board on Janpath. If you have anything on your mind, please inform me so that I could look into it and possibly, incorporate it in my work.
In my last blog, I talked about the different hitches I came across at Janpath and some ways I could improve them
As my group and I moved along the marketplace, we stopped and took a keen look at the parking lot. It was a chaos. The cars were parked haphazardly, there were cardboard boxes overflowing with garbage, and no parking authority was present.
Next, we trooped onto another street that we completely missed on our first visit to Janpath. This lane was filled with tiny shops allotted by the NDMC, selling ethnic garments and bags, predominantly. They had only a few problems. First, they didn’t have much scope for storage and second, NDMC disrupted their practices everyday by forbidding them to go beyond their tiny cubicles.
Inside the Tiny Room
And this is where my day ended. Numerous prospects on my mind, but only plausible if my teacher is of the same opinion.
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As the potted area was rejected, we once again headed to Janpath with our eyes wide open, desperate in search for areas needing improvement. We were required to find areas with numerous drawbacks as our ultimate objective was to create solutions with our ergonomical designs.
The Fruit Vendor
First, we came across a fruit vendor who did not have a place of his own and chose to settle next to a shoe shop, with shoe boxes on either side of his fruits. I could see a major problem there but not sure if that would be enough. As we walked further, we found a shop with absolutely everything from sweets to groceries to books and CDs but all were kept in the most cluttered and confusing manner. I wondered how well it would do if it looked more classified and appealing. As both the catches were on the same lane, we speculated if the entire lane could be selected as our micro area.
The Everything Shop
So, these were some of the glitches we located at Janpath. Please read my next post for more!
At college, we showed one of our professors the areas we could possibly improve. She found the potted area to be interesting but thought it was much too small for five people to work on. She asserted one could only beautify it and that was a one person job or maximum two.
We moved on to the other area we had selected; the bag shop. My professor was not too keen on this one either. She explained that working on finding ways to solve a street vendor’s problems by making his base even more stable was not ethical at all. We would, in a way, be helping him sell his products illegally. She suggested that if we must work on a street vendor, we should find ways to set him up in a less permanent manner. We may possibly install a pushcart and then, find ways to improve the arrangement.
We asked her to give us some time to get back to her. We wished to go back to Janpath and look again. And she agreed.
Here are a few pictures of the market for your viewing. If you find something we could improve, please let me know by commenting below! Thanks!
The first time we visited Janpath to search for our micro area, we came across a number of shops or spaces that required improvement. One of those was a shop that sold ladies’ handbags. The vendors were unauthorized but in spite of that they used the branches of a tree to hang their merchandise. This seemingly helped the appearance and charm yet hanging bags on trees did more harm than good. The tree could easily wear off the bags considering it had a rough and gooey surface; also there were insects and birds living on the tree, which meant more problems with maintaining the quality of the bags. Moreover, the vendor did not have enough space for storage and stacked them in an unkempt way at the back of the shop.
The second place we noticed was a potted area in the middle of the market that was “secured” by placing chains on either side. In my opinion, these pots were stationed there to prevent street vendors from creating a base there. We chanced upon a government official who worked at the building right above the area. He stated that the pots had been placed to beautify the area and since, people steal these pots at night, they recently placed chains to protect them. We found this space to be really interesting and decided to consult our teachers and start working on it.
The Potted Area
The end of week 1 saw us scrutinizing our macro area in order to progress to our micro. We were required to form a task sheet for the forthcoming week, make sketches and doodles along the way and create a material board. Here are some of the sketches I prepared:
A general map of the market that will soon be polished and magnified(where required).
And below is the link to the task sheet for week 2, which got extended to week 3.
Micro task sheet
Janpath, a well-known market located in Central Delhi, near Connaught Place was collectively selected as the area for study. Now, the students were required to explore and survey Janpath and document their observations.
As I stepped into the market at 11 am in the morning, the market looked vacant and relaxed, opposite of what it’s known for. Slowly, vendors were coming to work, cleaning their spaces and arranging products. No one was much concerned with trying to sell us anything at this point, but just prepping for the day. Clicking pictures and doodling away, the clock soon struck 1. I noticed a significant change in two hours. The market got crowded and the vendors were pleading people to purchase their products. I saw a number of Indian women in their early twenties looking to find the best cheapest product. The products ranged from western clothes and junk jewellery to artificial flowers and old books. This of course was the situation on the inner side of the market. Outside, it was a whole other story. Small, identical boutiques that mainly catered to the needs and prices of tourists, stocked merchandise that strived to catch the “essence of India”. The merchandise included embroidered linen, Indian handicrafts, silver jewellery and souvenirs.
These were my early observations of the interesting Market! Read my next post for more!