Project Description


Mumbai Reader 08

Mumbai Reader’08 is available for reference and purchase at UDRI Resource Centre.


An urban area with a population of 22.7 million, Mumbai is forecast to stretch to an even more ungovernable 25 million before the close of the next decade. More than 60% of the population inhabit less than 8% of land, thriving in desperate physical, social and economic conditions.
The city transforms almost instantly into intangible domains which in the absence of intercession makes future policy response superfluous almost instantly. Conceived in such dynamical pandemonium, the Mumbai Reader is a research collective addressing the lack of literature on urbanism within the city. As a catalyst, the Mumbai Reader seeks to enable a contextual analysis of the city through spatial and literary understanding: reportage of existing or contemporary understandings and also an exploration into new paradigms for urban cognisance. Establishing that understanding prevalent illogic is an efficient trigger for effective interventions and policy alteration, the reader is intended to be an annual reference for problems, potentials and promise in the study of urban societies in Mumbai.
By 2014, the planning authorities will have devised a Development Plan which the city will enact over the coming years which is a classical identification and demarcations of reservations.
Modern planning represents a comprehensive drift from this regime and takes on the structure of channelized agenda and a sensibility to understanding urban processes and environments which are influenced by extraneous factors. In 2008, the Urban Design Research Institute initiated ‘open-equitable-efficient’, a research project that in consonance with the Mumbai Reader would rouse public imagination to the democratisation of urban planning. The UDRI is committed to understanding tactics and complex local dynamics which are crucial to development within the city. With prioritisation of disciplines, the project is accumulating a knowledge base and professional consultancy on housing, health, education, environment, open space, water, energy, transportation, livelihood and governance.
With such exponents as a medium and extensive urban policy review the aim of the reader is to inform the planning process and yield bearings as a determinant in planning within the metropolitan region. Drawing together perspectives from varied spheres of influence, written or visual this narrative regards the probability of informed opinion as an invaluable research probe. Through a much larger conglomeration of citizen action groups the Urban Design Research Institute is inclined towards the institution of virtuous participatory planning as an initiative to establishing cross disciplinary dialogue with policy makers. The Mumbai Reader additionally chronicles key events in the city’s memory, their proceedings and consequences recorded through newsprint.
With changing perspectives on urban life and an imminent development plan, never before has the challenge to not only understand this incomprehensible metropolis but also influence and determine policy been more urgent.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


  1. Frothing Urbanisms – Discussing Some Urban Conditions in Contemporary India Rupali Gupte, Rahul Mehrotra, Prasad Shetty
  2. Shifting Cities Urban Restructuring in MumbaiSwapna Banerjee Guha
  3. Urban Restructuring, Issues and ChallengesK. Sita
  4. After the crisis, do we still want to make Mumbai a world financial centre?Vidyadhar Date
  5. Gendering of the Culture of Building, Case Study of MumbaiNeera Adarkar
  6. Mumbai FSI conundrum: The perfect stormAlain Bertaud
  7. Interventions into the Development Plan: Some Conceptual NotesVyjayanthi Rao
  8. UDRI
  9. Be Part of It, An itinerary in Urban Planning TourismAdriana Valdez Young
  10. Diptychs + Views from Harbor LineRajesh Vora
  11. Old Port Trust lands on the DockDarryl D’Monte
  12. Crawford Market – An OpportunityShailesh Gandhi
  13. Myths and Realities of Urban PlanningShirish B Patel
  14. Urban Transport in Mumbai Two Choices for the Future Sudhir Badami
  15. Insider Outsider + These Mumbai StreetsShilpa Phadke
  16. The Medical Emergency of the Urban PoorKalpana Sharma
  17. Resettlement or A Silent DisplacementAmita Bhide
  18. Jai Ho Shanghai, The Invisible Poor in Slumdog Millionaire K.P. Jayasankara, Anjali Monteiro
  19. Getting the information base for Dharavi’s RedevelopmentSheela Patel, Jockin Arputham, , Sundar Burra , Katia Savchuk
  20. Dharavi Redevelopment Plan Abuse of Legal Provisions + Increased FSI: Bane or Boon Vidyadhar K. Phatak
  21. The Tool-HouseMatias Echanove, Rahul Srivastava
  22. Liquid City + This Time Tomorrow . .Karin Ann Schierhold
  23. Land market and urban development challenges to improved water and sanitation provision to the slums of Mumbai . . .Aromar Revi
  24. Perspective to Effective Management of Lakes in Urban AreasPallavi Latkar
  25. How to Blackout-Proof a CityHarry Goldstein
  26. Safety and Security of Citizens in City of MumbaiR.N. Sharma, Sumita Sarkar
  27. 26/11 – The Four Speeches .