Exploration of Mumbai Heritage
Tags: Ethnography, Instructional Design, Information Architecture, UX Design, UI Design
My thesis project, ‘Exploration of Mumbai Heritage’ aims to offer information on Mumbai's Heritage sites in a visually appealing way. The diverse architectural styles need to be known and appreciated by the locals. It targets towards the youth and enthusiasts of Mumbai and touches upon the brief history, styles and whereabouts of the heritage structures. It hopes to educate and promote the same through a crowdsourced platform curated by experts. It also attempts to nudge the locals to visit these sites and appreciate its history without holding cultural biases.
Product - An online platform for people to view information about heritage sites of Mumbai verified by experts.
DISTRIBUTION OF HERITAGE SITES
Mumbai has a total of 591 Heritage sites as per the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. These sites belong to either Grade I, II or III. Below are the designs made for the online platform to view their distributions
UNDERSTANDING THE ARCHITECTURE
There are various architectural styles these sites belong to. For one to understand, remember and recognise it, generic models of most common styles were designed. The model takes care of the following steps:
• Display : Displaying the a generic model of the architectural style.
• Highlight : Pointing out the key features on this model.
• Revise : Showcasing the above highlighted features on the heritage site
• Repeat : Displaying other heritage sites belonging to similar architectural style.
Below is an example of a Victorian Gothic style architecture. All sites belonging to this style will have information regarding its architecture displayed with the help of a model a generic model like this:
This tool can let a user read details about the site, look at its architecture, view similar architecture nearby and information about how to get there. The app designed also allows the users to click photographs of sites and submit it to the admin. Below is the screenshot of one of the heritage sites: