Project Description



Mumbai Reader’09 is available for reference and purchase at UDRI Resource Centre.


The difficulty in representing Mumbai now is that there is alwayseeling that such representations may fall into one of the several limitations of reading the city linearly. These limitations of linearity include making gross generalisations, or getting lost in seductive micro-narratives, or constructing incredible scenarios through meticulous empiricisms. While the generalisations strip the complexities of the city from the readings, the micro narratives are often myopic. Similarly, the approaches of using empiricisms are driven by preconceived agendas for problem solving.

Individually, the generalisations, micro narrations and the empiricisms are unable to capture the complexity of Systems, Organisations, and Space in the city. This impossibility of conceptualising the city warrants the need to read the city in multiple ways that simultaneously include an almost palimpsest like reading of all the approaches. To talk about the city then, would be to talk simultaneously in multiple disparate ways, in multiple languages and with multiple perspectives. The Mumbai Reader is an attempt to undertakeepresentation of the city that enables innumerable readings throughimultaneous and non-linear compilation of multiple voices in the city. The contents include some of the most recent perspectives on culture, economy, geography and history of the city. While it records the routine mainstream labour history and planning discourse types of writings; it also overlaps these with some of the current debates on absurdities that the city is faced with the issues relating to bar-dancers, changing of street names etc. The perspectives include voices from the bureaucracy, civil society organisations, academics, industry, judiciary, media, professionals, artists and many others. The Reader does not claim to beomprehensive or an exhaustive compilation of readings on the city. It is rather an attempt to providelimpse of the complex dynamics of the city of Mumbai. The process of making this compilation was initiated throughall for papers made toaried set of individuals in order to ensure an array of perspectives that would present toeader diverse possibility of perceiving the city.

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  1. India’s New Urban Policy and Contemporary Urban Planning: Socio-Spatial Injustices in Mumbai’s Redevelopment Swapna Banerjee-Guha
  2. Issues, Challenges and the Changing Sites of Governance: Self Organising Networks in Mumbai. .Sudha Mohan
  3. Dynamic Municipal Commissioner Unleashes Senior Citizens Civic MovementSheilu Sreenivasan
  4. Planning for Mumbai: The Neighbourhood way Case Study -­‐ ‘Vision Juhu’ P K Das
  5. Politics of Urban Space in Mumbai: ‘Citizens’ Versus The Urban Working PoorSharit K. Bhowmik
  6. No Vacancy .Nidhi Jamwal
  7. Dharavi: Adjusting to the Urban Poor. .Shirish Patel
  8. Learning From Dharavi Rahul Srivastava, Matais Echanove
  9. Mumbai’s Biggest ‘Slum’ Deserves Its Own Award: Protection as a UN World Heritage SiteJeb Brugmann
  10. Development Control Regulations No.33.Ranjit Kandalgaonkar
  11. Building Boomers and Fragmentation of Space in Mumbai. Navtej Nainan
  12. Urban Renewal and Its Implications to Resettlement & Rehabilitation (R&R)R.N. Sharma
  13. From The Margins: The Experiences of Low Income Communities In Mumbai vis-à-vis Changing patterns of Basic Service Delivery. .Amita Bhide
  14. Access to Civic Amenities in Slums of Mumbai RB Bhagat, Grace Bahalen
  15. Urban Design Research Institute
  16. Security Provision in Slum Re‐Settlement Schemes in Mumbai – A Case Study of the Lallubhai Compound Settlement, Mankhurd Jaideep Gupte
  17. Walkability in Mumbai Vinit Nikumbh
  18. A Study of Trust Buildings. Ranjit Kandalgaonkar
  19. Spectacular Transports in London. .John Hutnyk
  20. Anger management. .Naresh Fernandes
  21. Ornament and Crime. .Kaiwan Mehta
  22. Metro under execution. .Kainaz Amaria
  23. Monorail/ Wadala Truck Depot/ Mumbai Urban Transport Project.Aditi Pinto
  24. Traffic Congestion in Mumbai: Will public authorities take the opportunity to leapfrog?.Gaele Lesteven
  25. Folly on private wheels + Invisible environmentalists Kalpana Sharma
  26. Letter to CM Ashok Chavan in regards to stay on Caretaker Policy. CitiSpace
  27. The Many Crosses of the Cross Maidan Garden. .Shirin Bharucha, Nayana Kathpalia
  28. Entry Restricted: Open Public Spaces in Mumbai Shilpa Ranade, Shilpa Phadke, Sameera Khan
  29. Letter to the Chairman, Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee.Save Rani Bagh Botanical Garden Action Committee
  30. Life in a BubbleRachel Lopez, Deepanjana Pal, Bijal Vachharajani, Suhani Singh
  31. Skyscrapers in Mumbai: High-rise fantasies.Darryl D’Monte
  32. Million Dollar Apartments, But No Place To Call Home (Housing in the City of Extremes)Shalini Nair
  33. Uncovering Portuguese histories within Mumbai’s Urban History.Sidh Losa Mendiratta
  34. The Death of Mumbai University+ whose Mumbai, Meri Jaan?Aroon Tikekar
  35. Bombay, or What’s Left of it.Mustansir Dalvi
  36. Planning Fable/ Evolution of Currency in Mumbai/ Three Short Stories.Vidyadhar K Phatak
  37. Slum as TheoryVyjayanthi Rao