The Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) was created in 1984 by a group of concerned citizens who served as its founding trustees: Mr. Ratan Tata, Mr. Nani Palkhiwala, Mr. Nana Chudasama, Mr. Charles Correa, Mr. Wadud Khan and Mr. Keshub Mahindra.
Our mandate is to make Mumbai and its Metropolitan area an inclusive region that is humane and balances its cosmopolitan cultural heritage and social fabric, with equitable growth and efficient infrastructure. A city where living, working and mobility are less stressful and more enjoyable, with accessible common amenities and public spaces for sports, recreation and socio-cultural activities, for all. Therefore, urban planning and policy, urban design and heritage conservation are the core concerns of UDRI.
UDRI’s facilities and programs are driven by the objectives of providing a forum for interaction of urban professionals and making resources accessible to the general public. Most importantly, UDRI has shaped its advocacy and projects so that they reflect and answer the concerns and voices of Mumbai.
UDRI is structured around 5 key programs that support its vision:
Instituted in 2003, the resource centre hosts a collection of books, reports, maps and newspaper clippings on Mumbai, accessible to all. It also houses the Charles Correa Archives – a unique, digitized collection of the work of the renowned architect.
Begun in 1995, the forum has grown into a platform to engage with citizens and other organisations through lectures and workshops for understanding issues and framing solutions on the city.
To complement the debates emerging from the public forum, UDRI has carried out a range of studies – for instance on the textile mills, Mumbai’s eastern waterfront and other regional dynamics.
Since 1993, UDRI has published studies, manuals and monographs on various urban issues emerging out of its research initiatives and projects. It also produces the Mumbai Reader, an annual publication on the city’s key issues, in both Marathi and English.
The first Mumbai Studio was initiated in 2005 and continues to engage with young students, international institutions, local architecture schools and municipal schools to evolve a strategy for Mumbai through academic participation.