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Abhimanyu Singhal, Depanshu Gola

Architecture for Dialogue

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1083, Sector 21, Gurgaon, India
AFD is a collective of young architects engaged in spatial innovation and conversations around urban systems. We are curious about our cities, worried about its pressing issues and motivated to take charge and make a change. We actively work towards exploring and engaging with the invisible layers in cities — food, water, waste, mobility and people.

Call for ideas 2020

Bus Depots X Night Shelters


Exploring architecture beyond building structures

Bus Depots X Night Shelters


Exploring architecture beyond building structures
A system of night shelters proposed within bus depots using parked buses as room units for the homeless in Delhi.
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Cities are believed to be efficient models of living, but the majority of built spaces are used only during the day. Times of severe resource-crunch demand an exploration of architecture and urban design beyond the act of building more structures. When a bag of cement costs so much to the planet, it begs the question if we even need to build or at least that we build responsibly.

The acute shortage in Delhi night shelter capacity totals to 16,340 ~ only 6% of the homeless population. Poor location, adverse conditions and lack of safety in these shelters result in even lower usage. The project envisions to compensate inadequate capacity by utilising the bus fleet parked at depots in the night as shelter units.

The proposal derives its approach from believing that architecture is beyond just building structures and it’s not about making of a bright, shiny new thing. It demonstrates how we can globally manage and distribute constrained resources - think, reuse and rearrange!


Bus stands in the city act as pick up points where homeless citizens board buses to reach the bus depot.

Multipurpose breeds activity!
Integrating a shelter in a bus depot associates a new meaning to the facility - plugging in medical and community kitchen facilities opens up the depot infrastructure not just to the new function, but as an active resource to the city - providing monetization opportunities to DTC depots.

Bus Depots X Night Shelters


Exploring architecture beyond building structures

Bus Depots X Night Shelters


Exploring architecture beyond building structures
A system of night shelters proposed within bus depots using parked buses as room units for the homeless in Delhi.
File under
Type of project
  • Next alliances

Cities are believed to be efficient models of living, but the majority of built spaces are used only during the day. Times of severe resource-crunch demand an exploration of architecture and urban design beyond the act of building more structures. When a bag of cement costs so much to the planet, it begs the question if we even need to build or at least that we build responsibly.

The acute shortage in Delhi night shelter capacity totals to 16,340 ~ only 6% of the homeless population. Poor location, adverse conditions and lack of safety in these shelters result in even lower usage. The project envisions to compensate inadequate capacity by utilising the bus fleet parked at depots in the night as shelter units.

The proposal derives its approach from believing that architecture is beyond just building structures and it’s not about making of a bright, shiny new thing. It demonstrates how we can globally manage and distribute constrained resources - think, reuse and rearrange!


Bus stands in the city act as pick up points where homeless citizens board buses to reach the bus depot.

Multipurpose breeds activity!
Integrating a shelter in a bus depot associates a new meaning to the facility - plugging in medical and community kitchen facilities opens up the depot infrastructure not just to the new function, but as an active resource to the city - providing monetization opportunities to DTC depots.


Idea by

Abhimanyu Singhal, Depanshu Gola
Architecture for Dialogue
1083, Sector 21
Gurgaon
India
AFD is a collective of young architects engaged in spatial innovation and conversations around urban systems. We are curious about our cities, worried about its pressing issues and motivated to take charge and make a change. We actively work towards exploring and engaging with the invisible layers in cities — food, water, waste, mobility and people.