Defining the Identity of Technocentric Transformations in the Urban Edge in Kazhakuttom, Trivandrum

Technocentric changes frequently result in the formation of a socio-spatial duality in many contexts, resulting in the formation of a place identity with the disputing nature of global and local settlements. Technocentric developments are transnational technology-based enterprises that serve as nodes in the global economic grid. The placement of technocentric campuses on the outskirts of cities leads to unplanned development with little regard for context, as well as social turmoil and the potential for marginalisation and gentrification of neighbouring communities in the near future. Due to a break in the urban domain, this will have an impact on urban life. Existing residential units have been functionally changed into mixed-use commercial and lodging facilities, and unused plots have been converted into high density residential and commercial activities surrounded by low-rise housing for the local people. The renovation of the previously dead bypass section into a highly bustling corridor with restaurants, informal cafes, and hang out spots aimed at the techie community is another example of Kazhakuttom’s evolving urban identity. This article tries to imagine the future growth and urban identity of Kazhakuttom, Trivandrum’s new tech-based financial district, as a hospitable work-live-entertainment environment with support services, while also taking into account local ambitions to preserve social and spatial continuity. The study’s goals were to I analyse the region’s existing geographical development patterns, (ii) research emerging identities, and (iii) assess social life and work culture. To identify the difficulties, the methodology included a complete macro and micro level primary study and analysis of Kazhakuttom. It includes tying the original study to a literature review on identity, glocalization, and hybridization concepts and theories. Design cues from related technocentric contexts like Silicon Valley, Gurgaon, and Bengaluru were used to build design methods for integrating technocentric campuses with the local surroundings and culture.

Author(S) Details

Shahanaz Jaleel
Department of Architecture, TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, Kerala, India.

Jacob Cherian
Architect at Place Design, Ernakulam, Kerala, India.

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