Sewage Line Vendor Park, Mehsana, by BandukSmith Studio

The Sewage Line Vendor Park, in Mehsana, Gujarat, was proposed by BandukSmith Studio as a new sewage and stormwater line to create plugin infrastructure for a food vendor park.

Location: Mehsana, Gujarat | BandukSmith Studio

In small towns and cities across India, the provision of infrastructure for water supply and sanitation is an ongoing project. Many places, with populations of tens of lakhs, maintain incomplete sewerage networks and spotty water supply systems. They also host significant informal commerce, a typical condition of the Indian street, which is flexible and adaptive but produces significant amounts of waste. This proposal for the municipality of Mehsana, Gujarat, uses the introduction of a new sewage and stormwater line to create  plugin infrastructure for a food vendor park. It is an important project for the future because it imagines what happens when public infrastructure is leveraged for the creation of good public space and works with existing chaos.  Instead of removing informal elements to “clean” the city, this taps into their latent organizational structures and simply adds service points that can support a healthy system of public space temporary commerce.  

The design takes a box culvert, already planned for the containment of open sewage in a low-lying area in Mehsana’s town centre, and adds to it a series of “hydroponic towers.”

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