Threshold beyond interior boundaries


I’am a final year interior and Architecture design student, and for my design thesis i wanted to explore my city: Jaipur and go back to basics of both design and the city i was born in. This blog series is an open invitation to all who are related to it any way or want to contribute through their own experiences in their own cities or anyone who just wishes to interact upon this topic is welcomed to share their opinion.

About the topic……

Threshold beyond interior spaces. What can that possible mean ? Well let’s break it down. Thresholds are transitioning spaces from one space to another whereas beyond interior spaces in this context means anything that is out of the constraints of four walls.The study moves towards the direction of threshold being way more than what they are perceived as i.e, a physical boundary and seeing threshold as a space of transition rather than a place of transition.For example if a walled structure acts as a material boundary then the opening through which you transit is the threshold ,the said opening is not necessarily a gate as a window also acts as a frame through which you can experience a space without actually stepping into it.

The first step.
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So to start off I selected a street in the the walled city, Johari Bazaar Road that leads to Badi chopad. This street is an ideal place for exploration on the topic as it has a diverse audience that i could study in the way they react to the surroundings . With the famous Bapu bazaar known for its garment shopping on one side and Johari bazaar for its jewelry on the other. It has tourists,localities of all gender,caste and age group coming there everyday. Even before you set foot outside your vehicle you are already visually connected to the space,the excitement of the tourists is palpable and on the other hand kids getting cranky due to the heat and traffic.

The primary study brought tangible and intangible inferences of threshold:

Tangible: The walkway acts as a threshold between road and shops, it also attracts people for various reasons mainly for shadow and the vendors with various shopping articles on display is what catches the eye of the customers as they walk down the street.

Intangible: Within this walkway are micro thresholds in the form of vendors who call you inside the shops persistently and certain scented sticks or aroma as that lure your senses

This shows how the people engage in various activities in such a tight space and at the same time unknowingly miss out on all the thresholds surrounding them.Apart from these, the language barrier and the sheer thrill and satisfaction of bargain shopping are some other intangible inferences.

Taking the study further i look into the traditional household and how the threshold spaces changed over time.

the image shows the public, semi public and semi private areas which were used for evening gatherings and entertaining guests are now used as parking spaces or garbage disposal.

As we move towards the need of a modern lifestyle we become more about ourselves, our security and comfort takes center stage , in my previous blog Unsmart cities : chapter one, Jaipur edition I talked about it in a bit more detail but here as i see and analyse these passageways or entrances as a space of transition I see a connection to both tangible and intangible elements such as each arch is defining the beginning and end of a space, each section has it’s own role or function

A traditional baradari

The vernacular elements of Rajasthan such as a baradari , jaali or jharokha were some reflective outcomes of the mindset of that era. These allowed the women to take part in public proceedings without actually being seen.

That’s all for the first step in the blog series. Drop any questions, suggestions or ideas you may have on this in the comments. Happy reading!!:)