Project Description



Mumbai Reader’13 is available for reference and purchase at UDRI Resource Centre.


The difficulty in representing Mumbai now is that there is always a feeling 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 undertake a representation of the city that enables innumerable readings through a simultaneous 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 be a comprehensive or an exhaustive compilation of readings on the city. It is rather an attempt to provide a glimpse of the complex dynamics of the city of Mumbai. The process of making this compilation was initiated through a call for papers made to a varied set of individuals in order to ensure an array of perspectives that would present to a reader diverse possibility of perceiving the city.

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  1. The Keeper Of Faith; Vanguard Of Mumbai Heritage Movement Dead Gautam Patel, Shalini Nair
  2. Fort Management Plan UDRI
  3. Revision Of Development Plan (2014-2034) UDRI
  4. Coaxed, Cornered: How A Red-Faced BMC Was Forced To Let The Secret Called The City’s Development Plan Process, Out To The City Kunal Purohit
  5. Those 80,000 Flats Unsold Crowdsourcing Mumbai Plan Ajit Ranade
  6. ‘Dystopian Future’ Draws Problem Solvers To Mumbai Naresh Fernandes
  7. Can We Contain Traffic Congestion In A Sustainable Manner In The Near Future Ashok Datar
  8. Is Mumbai Growing Anymore? Bridges That Widen The Gap Darryl D’monte
  9. Spatial Utopia And Contested Realities Anita Patil – Deshmukh
  10. Two Bridges And A Bus Lane Gautam Patel
  11. Manori Gorai Uttan Notified Area Development Plan 2022 UDRI
  12. Price Of A Past Shanta Gokhale
  13. A Tsunami In Mumbai, Slum TDR Rates Crash As Redevelopment Deals Fall Apart Nauzer Bharucha
  14. Elected Representatives Asking For An Accountability System For Themselves. Nitai Mehta, Milind Mhaske
  15. Understanding Issues Related To Polycentric Governance In The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Abhay Pethe, Vaidehi Tandel, Sahil Gandhi
  16. Protecting Mangroves Debi Goenka
  17. Urban Planning In India’s New Development Strategy V K Phatak
  18. Changing Fortunes Of State Institutions: The Era Of Projects And The Rise Of MMRDA Amita Bhide
  19. The Slum And The Highrise Alpa Sheth
  20. The Dweller And The Slum – Dweller Rahul Srivastava, Matias Echanove
  21. In Search Of Women In History Of Marathi Theatre, 1843 To 1933 Neera Adarkar
  22. You Bombay Girls Don’t Know How Good You Have It Sameera Khan
  23. Written Into The City / Writing The City Shilpa Phadke
  24. Opportunities And Challenges In Housing The Economically Weaker Sections Of The SocietyMadhusudhan Menon
  25. Development, Dispossession And Accumulation: Mumbai In Contemporary TimesSimpreet Singh
  26. The Production Of PublicPrasad Shetty, Rupali Gupte
  27. Life Between Buildings: The Use And Abuse Of FSIShirish B Patel
  28. The Paradox Of Mumbai Mills Land SalesShalini Nair
  29. Thackeray, A Close Ally Of The CapitalistsVidyadhar Date
  30. Flood Mitigation In Mumbai: Rains, Drains And DelaysGautam Pemmaraju
  31. Hoarding Issues In MumbaiAnahita Pandole
  32. Mumbai, Warts And AllShanta Gokhale