2007 Mumbai, India
Participatory Developments in Mumbai
The seventy-four submissions are concentrated primarily in the city of Mumbai rather than in the wider metropolitan region, although they are spread across different parts of the city. They reflect a variety of concerns, but the most prevalent are public space, housing, education, and sanitation. They demonstrate the involvement of multiple stakeholders—from local communities to the city government to private actors.
Much of the city has grown informally; and it shows a mixed geography with rich and poor settlements existing side by side in various parts of the city. The nature of both the growth and governance of the city has made even basic public service delivery difficult in many areas. Therefore, a number of projects are concerned with cleaning, waste management, and recycling. At the same time, the geography of the city has prevented outward expansion, leading to incredible levels of density and limited open space. As a result, several initiatives are concerned with public and community spaces.
Triratna Prerana Mandal is a community toilet that evolved into a comprehensive community center, providing educational and entrepreneurial activities.
Mumbai Waterfronts Center reclaims the city’s waterfronts by constructing promenades and improving beaches, making them usable as open, public spaces for all.
Urban Design Research Institute has worked to preserve and improve the city’s historic downtown core as a quality urban space and cultural hub.
Director, Urban Age & Centennial Professor in Architecture and Urbanism, London School of Economics
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Founder, TEN Arquitectos, New York and Mexico City & Miler Chair of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
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