Event Date: 13th August 2013
Collaborators: Urban Design Research Institute with Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies
Venue: Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai
Panelists: Charles Correa, Cyrus Guzder, Dr. Ravi Ramkantan, Neera Adarkar, David Cardoz, Rakesh Kumar, Armida Fernandez, Amita Bhide, Nishit Kumar, Nayana Kathpalia, Shaheen Mistry, Mathew Spacie, John Kurien


A joint studio held by the Urban Design Research Institute with the Masters Students of the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute culminated in a panel discussion organised at Max Mueller Bhavan. The main agenda of the discussion was to analyse the amenities and densities and the corresponding shortfalls. The gaps between the existing amenities and the provisioning that needs to take place in the future Develop­ment Plan are so phenomenal that no conventional planning/ design/management strategy will efficiently bridge them. The students presented their studies for parts of island city, Dharavi, parts of the western suburbs and Mira-Bhayender (a peri-urban area). The studies done by the students were very vast with factors ranging from population density, housing typologies, land uses, open spaces and natural features to educational, medical and social amenities. The panel discussion focused on health, education and environment aspects of Mumbai and Mumbai Metropolitan Region. This was followed by a presentation by Charles Correa on the facts and myths about the proportion of open spaces in the cities worldwide and in Mumbai.