Strategies for Improving Streetscape Character in the Street Precinct of Ashoka Road, Mysore City
Shobha R1, Shankar B2

1Shobha R*, Associate Professor in Architecture, School of Planning and Architecture, University of Mysore, Mysore.
2Shankar B, Director of Institute of Development Studies and Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, University of Mysore, Mysore.

Manuscript received on March 30, 2020. | Revised Manuscript received on April 05, 2020. | Manuscript published on April 30, 2020. | PP: 1117-1123 | Volume-9 Issue-4, April 2020. | Retrieval Number: D8050049420/2020©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijeat.D8050.049420
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Abstract: Streets in heritage cities are vital elements of public realm system and become a showcase for many celebrations. They not only function as pathways for movement of vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists supporting many societal and occupational activities, but they serve as the places of congregation as well. In India the streets are inherently a place where people meet, congregate, celebrate and also carry business. Each community has its own distinct occasions during which streets becomes the logical setting for people to gather and celebrate. In case of historic streetscapes, they are the carters of histories, with immeasurable evidence about the past events. The city of Mysore has many traditional streetscapes in the historic core exhibiting not only enormous architectural heritage but also has cultural significance. Ashoka Street Precinct, which was historically associated with cultural celebrations like Mysore Dasara during which the spectacular procession took place is situated in the heart of the city. With the shift of these celebrations to an alternative path, the street seems to be losing its’ heritage character and glory, though it is associated with many heritages building and precincts, and due recognition. Hence, it needs to be assessed with respect to the character and the physical quality in order to address the street precincts through the course of dereliction and transformation under the scenario of global change which is the inevitable occurrence everywhere. The paper explores the connection and disconnection between the old and the new and examines the process of physical transformation of Ashoka road precinct from being as a cultural street to a commercial street. The study is based on field work, observations, photo documentation and visual assessment. The streetscape analysis, issues and strategies including the measures proposed would aid the authority in formulation and implementation of streetscape guidelines resulting in improving of heritage character of the street precinct.
Keywords: Street precinct, cultural street, dereliction, transformation.