JavaScript is off. Please enable it to view the full site.

Dharavi Mumbai

Street-led Slum Upgrading

Dharavi is the largest informal settlement of Mumbai, and one of the biggest slums worldwide. Its central location in Mumbai’s metropolitan region puts a high pressure on the area, resulting in bold plans during the last years for the development of a glamorous urban district.

Felixx developed an alternative strategy, building on the paradigm shift in the common approach towards slum upgrading. Boundary defined redevelopment projects are replaced by citywide strategies. Slums are no longer considered isolated islands of poverty, but rather deprived neighborhoods within the city. They are an integral part of the overall city system, but spatially segregated due to the absence of streets and open spaces.

 felixx-dharavi-diagram.jpg

By investing in the common good and upgrading public spaces, the plan aims to reintegrate Dharavi into the city and facilitate gradual redevelopment. This street-led approach consists of three strategies, dealing with infrastructure & mobility, water & sanitation and regeneration & development. All measurements are integrated in the redesigned streets. Existing streets are up- and downgraded into a hierarchic network, allowing for different traffic modalities to be used. Different water structures are connected to prevent stagnant water and drain it to the river. Infiltration zones slow down rainwater runoff, sewage networks collect waste water, and clean water supplies are provided to make Dharavi a healthy and climate proof place. The upgraded streets connect neighborhoods, businesses and social activities. They formulate the base for legislation, enabling every company and household to get an address. Central squares in each neighborhood establish social and economic focal points. These places formulate new identity carriers and allow for the celebration of the diverse characteristics within every single community of Dharavi.

slider

The three strategies are integrated into a dynamic public space framework, controlling the different strategies within a participatory process. The framework deals with a variety of interests, from local entrepreneurs to international developers, and connects different scale levels, from Mumbai Metropolitan Region to Dharavi’s different nagars. As such it serves as a tool to outline these different aspects within an extensive participatory process. It serves two main goals, it boosts gradual redevelopment by identifying public space qualities, and it sets conditions for these developments by determining the capacity of the infrastructural network. As a game board, the public space framework shows the meaning and influence of different measures, how they could strengthen or preclude each other. Connecting different scales and interests into a balanced and supported framework.

Year

2014

Location

Mumbai, India

Type

Research, Masterplan

Client

UDRI

Size

217 ha

Awards

Honorable mention

Publications

Architectuur.org
The Guardian
Architecture Lab
LAN-India
Landezine

Team & partners

Michiel Van Driessche
Marnix Vink
Deborah Lambert
Willemijn van Manen
Carlijn Klomp
Laura Spenkelink
Steven Broekhof
Studio OXL
IHS Erasmus University
Nasvi
Paul van Kerkoerle

List
  1. 'Typhoon-proof' Shenzhen's East Coast
  2. Isle of Dikes
  3. Brainport Smart District Helmond
  4. Campus Eemsdelta
  5. Tuinen van West, Amsterdam
  6. A green entrance for the airport
  7. Almazov National Medical Research Centre
  8. Quartierlandschaft Dietenbach
  9. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  10. Cartesius Quarter
  11. Public Space Alpen
  12. Smakkelaarsveld Utrecht
  13. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  14. Jonas Amsterdam
  15. Healthy Tracks
  16. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  17. City Square Tyumen
  18. Urban Food Forest Rijnvliet Utrecht
  19. Strategic Urban Green Study
  20. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  21. ImageWharf
  22. Ódinstorg Square
  23. Overloon War Museum
  24. Lokhalle Leverkusen
  25. Ludlstrasse Munich
  26. Yaanila Country Park
  27. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  28. Villa Garden
  29. City life in the woods
  30. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  31. Socio-technical city of the future
  32. Buji River
  33. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  34. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  35. Maritime Campus Almere
  36. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  37. Sijthoff
  38. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  39. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  40. City Extension Plan Yangon
  41. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  42. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  43. Fish Market Leuven
  44. Zinder Culture Cluster
  45. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  46. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  47. Strategic Plan Fier
  48. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  49. Kronenburg Business Park
  50. Dharavi Mumbai
  51. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  52. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  53. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  54. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  55. Berlin Am Volkspark
  56. The Museum of the 20th Century
  57. Gardabaer
  58. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  59. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  60. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  61. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  62. Danxia Recreational Park
  63. Campus Lelystad
  64. University Campus San Pedro
  65. Proto Tamansari
  66. City Gardens Tyumen
  67. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  68. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  69. Bandar Lampung Park
  70. R&D Campus Fengxian
  71. S-West Eindhoven
  72. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  73. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
All projects Previous 50 / 73 Next Back to top Show on the map 54456 views