The Remaking of Mumbai

Mumbai, India  |  2009


The final scheme as designed, with each student group working on a different tower within the collective urban vision. Project by Ketki Bhadkamkar, Pallavi Bondre, Prajakta Girkar, Harshavardhan Jatkar, Swapnil Kangankar, Apeksha Kore, Bharat Lohar, Darshan Maru, Amey Panchal, Anuja Panchal, Pooja Parchure, Dwitiya Patil, Sonam Patil, Priyanka Raut, Vaibhav Shelar, Sayali Shringarpure, Priyanka Talreja, and Neha Therade
This design combines residential units and a school within the same vertical tower. External escalators provide vegetation while linking the ground with the high-level urban plane, allowing for the circulation of people and migration of plant species. They also link a series of communal skygardens which perforate the residential part of the building.
The Swadeshi Tower recreated the huge, outdoor “dhobi ghat” laundry areas that exist in the C-ward in the vertical realm, with the tower façade being the drying interface (and solar shade) for the residential spaces behind.
The professional community surveys the final results at the IIT School of Architecture ‘Open House’ exhibition. The planned India Tower, by Foster + Partners, can be seen at left.


For two years running, the studio traveled to Mumbai and worked with the community-based Remaking of Mumbai Federation (RoMF). The project was based on the very real situation that is the C-ward district of Mumbai – a dense, historic district that had seen no investment and is largely dilapidated. RoMF, a private/community-based organization in Mumbai, had been established with the sole aim of improving the urban standards of Mumbai, with a focus on the C-ward. The students developed a collective urban vision for how the C-ward could develop a vertical urbanism, whilst bringing the social and cultural aspects that make that area unique—as well as a better quality of life—up in to the sky. Each student pairing then worked up a detailed design of a skyscraper within the cluster/collective urban vision.