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CITY RENEWAL & URBAN RESTRUCTURING

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The post-1990s experience in Mumbai represents urban renewal processes as in other cities of Asia. As a city that is topographically challenged with land constraints and ageing infrastructure housing redevelopment is a response towards decongestion of the inner city and densification of the suburbs. This, in turn, is linked to neo-liberal urbanism characterized by economic restructuring and greater global linkages. Under the aegis of neo-liberalism, redevelopment has accelerated signifying a bigger and bolder approach to address the long-standing problem of slums in the city. 
It points to changing governance, urban restructuring whereby Mumbai has graduated from the state-led develop mentalist industrialization (that prioritized urban infrastructure to support mass production and economic growth) of the 1960s and 1970s to the neo-liberal and market-friendly processes of the 1990s. However redevelopment, a vital part of this growth story, has resisted wholesale replacement of developme…

UDVADA: COMMUNITY | WORSHIP

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Lots have been written on Udvada town, its importance as Parsi community town, its history and most importantly the worship place. However the recent attempt to create heritage awareness of the town has resulted positive responses from community and historians. The town is an agglomeration of various architectural typologies (by functions), creating unique experience and bringing sense of place and community living. It is necessary to not only document the place but also disseminate the important lesson on "what is sense of place and heritage". 



















ZAHA HADID: INNOVATION TOWER, HONG KONG

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The recently opened Innovation tower building in Hon kong Polytechnic University is fine example of contemporary building practice by Zaha Hadid. The building has spectacular presence in central open space where existing buildings have their dated presence of modernist era. The  eccentric cascade of fluid form draws the attention among the brick  cladded disciplined modern building. The innovation center is dynamic within where common areas like podium, stairs resonate the formal property of exterior cascading form. 
The stacked, layered and sliding away design reflects the long obsession of dynamic nature of the city of Hon kong. The form is dissolving the high rise typology into knitted fluid form. It offers striking visual experience as building unfolds itself with multi-layered spaces and vistas of city outside.