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Complexity, Planning & Urbanism

New MArch Atelier at the Manchester School of Architecture: Developing new theoretical approaches & computational tools using a complexity science framework (systems, self-organisation, emergence, intelligence, structural change, adaptation) for the design, management, governance and understanding of future cities related to climate change, citizen participation, development strategies, resilient interventions, policy making, urban morphology and capacity management.

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Street Life and the Informal – A New Approach to Mumbai’s International Business District

In such rapidly changing environment, a city’s local & marginalised cultures can increasingly be placed at risk of losing their 『identity, orientation and sense of belonging’ within the city. It can be seen that within Mumbai, a city population made up of approximately 60% of illegal slum dwellers, that life and culture often occurs on the streets. Within this sector of informal (uncontrolled ) living, it provides 72% of Mumbai’s employment including key services of labour forces, retailing and distribution of foods. However, top-down decisions have pushed this group of citizens to less than 40 square kilometers of livable land out of a city with 440 square kilometres. Even now the amount of land available to these communities are being systematically reduced. This thesis explores the unavoidable conflict of a situation where top-down methodologies of urban planning will have to be reworked to rebalance the interdependence of the formal and informal systems through the purposeful and implementable strategies to reintroduce life on the streets even in parts of the city that have been earmarked to be the new International Business District.

Student: Matthew Sandhu
Thesis Project – Street Life and the Informal
Unit: 5 (new name this year)

17 June 2011
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