M-Arch Students Work

Urban Design For The In Between Spaces In Our Daily Life

The city Navi-Mumbai was incepted to de-congest Greater Bombay, a future city or a satellite city which will be transit oriented city at its roots. City and Industrial Development Corporation spear headed in development and functioning of this city. A city which is now fast growing from merely the label of satellite city to being part of Mumbai Metropolitan region is now becoming a magnet for different cities and towns, the generators of employment are now firmly rooted in the business and commercial districts making more and more population attracting towards it.

Today the city has started feeling the pressure of growth even though being planned; today there is a need of addressing issues which are generated due to different pressures. These issues are directly affecting the layered urbanism.

When Daily Urbanism is magnified it is taken for granted everyday life of every common man in the Indian city transforms from morning to evening, through celebrations, accommodates informal activity, possesses no monumental character and is extremely kinetic in nature. There is a blur between the private and the public thus creating the in between spaces in the city. Truly the in between spaces and the blur between the public and the private is the urban character of traditional cities of India.


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Urban And Inner City Studies

‘Mumbai’ a labyrinth of urban phenomenas. The city which evolved through the context of geography, history, real estate, economy, etc. although; there are various factors to this city all the factors are intertwined with one another. A city which has multiple layers and which keep on adding more layers to the fabric formulate a very unique cityscape.

The addition of layers has continuously pushed city to generate new layers and has always pressurized the older layers, Mumbai being the classic example colonial ideologies juxtaposed with post colonial outbreak. In the era of colonial planning the city has seen different types of architectural styles, namely renaissance, gothic, neo gothic, art deco being the prominent once. This shows the importance of the city and the time frame it saw under the colonial administration. The City has lived a time frame of almost 425 years.

Today the city is driven by a very strong force of real estate, the consideration of F.S.I and its calculation has the primary importance. In this case the pressure of redevelopment on the older part of the city has become more and more. The pressure is more on the areas which were evolved by the locals; these locals either migrated from different parts of the country or were original inhabitants of Mumbai. These areas had strong sense of community as well as influence of regional and colonial architecture. Different markets were evolved by the local traders, which today have become iconic markets of the city. Thus through the identity of communities, through the identity of architectural styles, through the identity of traders or through the identity products sold in the market a certain precinct character has been generated.

The studio looks at such area in C ward, it will investigate the different urban phenomenon generated in such areas. Today different forces are generating solutions which are isolated and driven by real estate. But such areas which have such a strong rooting of history, community and occupation should be only seen through the lens of real estate or can there be preservation of sense of place? This studio will look different players and their involvement while generating the solutions.