Syncopated Urbanism Mumbai
Academic proposal with Rahul Mehrotra for urban landscapes that abridge neighbourhoods of differential capital investment.
The project articulates semi-private spaces that permit mobility of pedestrian traffic while accommodating low-income residents within the periphery. Urban space in Mumbai is a commodity more valued than any other city and it’s articulation and detail is crucial in facilitating its uses, ownership and success within local communities without being permanently occupied by pavement dwellers or taken over by commercial uses.
Mumbai’s eastern harbour edge is penned for foreign investment and rapid gentrification. Thus the key of such urban social spaces can allow residential communities to connect to and utilise the functions of this new investment. The likely scenario for such communities is too pool together and sell the land to developers and aggregate FAR while being rehoused in new tower blocks. This project accumulates FAR for regeneration and proposes new urban social pieces that present less obtrusive and development driven options for low-income residents along Mumbai’s eastern periphery.