Operational Landscape: Mumbai "slum" Renovation

Urban scale and it´s complexities

TEAM: Moises Gamus, Michael Harrison.  FACULTY: Luis Falcon, Hemant Purohit

Research on the reorganization of flows and forces that give shape to a city. Starting point: THE VOID (i.e. public space).

Finding optimal walking distances between main public spaces (250 mts), a network of movility and interaction mingles through the built environment, emulating the current urban tissue which is a result of self organization… Learning from self organization, understanding its simple rules and its emerging complexity.

Mumbai´s reality:

TOO dense and still growing.

 Scarcity of resources: Water, energy and waste management; conflict in movility and lack of personal living space.

THE SITE: Saki-Naka / Asalfa

Site Analysis

SWOT Analysis

Insolation  analysis and WindFlows

ZONING DIAGRAM. Based on urban densitiy and context (natural and urban)


Zoning Diagram

Program organization based on distance from metro station and topographic conditions.


















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One Comment

  1. Florina
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    This looks great as a process and image .
    But I feel there are lot many things to be considered starting from the existing city fabric, the infrastructure and the budget that would support something like this . If you really go into the Mumbai slums look in the political and social infrastructure of Mumbai you would understand how difficult it is to realize it into an actual project. You need to analyze the fabric more realistically rather than considering the concept and image of it and what we do learn in studio of advanced design. Have to come out with something that would solve both aesthetics as well as meet the real need of the dense urban infrastructure of Mumbai . Also the design concepts, the wind analysis diagrams and climatological analysis you have shown would never work in the individual scale of houses. Its really difficult to understand the climatology in such a macro scale that would affect the micro, may be you try the bottom up rule rather than top down.
    Being in Mumbai and and seeing people how they struggle each moment you would definitely feel the difference.

    Florina Dutt
    University of Pennsylvania

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