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Learning from Mumbai

Practising Architecture in Urban India
Pelle Poiesz, Gert Jan Scholte, Sanne Vanderkaaij Gandhi, Dunu Roy and Shyam Khandekar
Contributions by Rohan Varma, Charles Correa, Rahul Mehrotra, Timo Cents, Steven Beunder, Hafeez Contractor, Arun Deodhar, Sushma Deodhar, Saloni Deodhar, Adrienne Thadani, Bas Losekoot, Rajiv Mishra, Abhijit Mandrekar, Kartik Gala, Sapna Lakhe, Shwetambari Shinde, Shyam Khandekar, P.K. Das, Brinda Somaya, Nitya Amarnath, Chaitanya Modak, Dhanya Pilo, Shazeb Shaikh, Robert Verijit, Shefali Balwani, Ravi Sarangan

Opening with the reflections of Indian architects Rohan Varma, Charles Correa and Rahul Mehrotra on the past, present and future of architecture and planning in Mumbai, the book continues with interviews with a wide variety of local and foreign architects and planners who work in Mumbai.

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“Making the volume a must-have is this plethora of images that captures the city’s character from numerous angles. The volume puts together snippets on the subject of Bombay... All this and more, makes the volume a ready reckon on the city...” —Subhra Mazumdar, travelanddeal.com

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Opening with the reflections of Indian architects Rohan Varma, Charles Correa and Rahul Mehrotra on the past, present and future of architecture and planning in Mumbai, the book continues with interviews with a wide variety of local and foreign architects and planners who work in Mumbai.
The ins and outs of practising architecture and planning in this megacity are explored through their eyes. Small but exciting firms (such as Architecture Brio) find a place right beside massive commercial architecture firms (including Architect Hafeez Contractor) and activist-architects (such as PK Das & Associates and Somaya & Kalappa Consultants). Teaching architecture in Mumbai is also discussed extensively, as well as several micro-initiatives that have come up with creative solutions for making the city moreliveable and beautiful.


Lavishly illustrated, covering the many faces and facets of Mumbai, a special place is reserved for the images of photographer Bas Losekoot. With his photo essay he projects an intriguing new light on Mumbai and its inhabitants.

This book will be of interest to architects, planners, architecture and planningstudents,for those thinking of starting an architecture or planning firm in India, as well as for anyone interested in Mumbai and Mumbai's built environment.

Learning from India Series:
The Learning from India Series goes further than learning about cities. It attempts to learn from Indian cities by uncovering the principles of architecture and urban planning that shape them. Learning from India asks local and foreign architecture professionals what the prospects and problems are of practising architecture and planning in India's major cities. What have they learned from this experience? What can we learn from India that can be applied elsewhere? Learning from Mumbai is the first volume in the Learning from India Series. Forthcoming titles include Learning from Delhi (2014) and Learning from Ahmedabad (2015).

Dutch architects Pelle Poiesz and Gert Jan Scholte studied architecture at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and at Sir J.J. College of Architecture in Mumbai. Twenty years after their student days in Mumbai, they returned to the city to see it changed beyond recognition. Now no longer students but architects, each with their own firm in the Netherlands, they set out to document what the architecture scene is like in this Indian megacity, and to uncover what lessons could be learned from it.

Sanne Vanderkaaij Gandhi is a researcher and writer based in Mumbai. She studied History and Contemporary Asian Studies and is finalizing her PhD in International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

• Preface

• Articles
• The making of the maximum city
• Public transport as dna
• Remaking mumbai
• Facts and figures

• Interviews
• Appreciating the uncontrolled and the unexpected
• Every building must shout
• Housing 100,000 people at a time
• Organic farming in the concrete jungle
• A new light on mumbai
• Architecture education as a key to appropriate development
• Instilling a passion for architecture
• The next generation
• From the netherlands to india… and beyond
• Activism and architecture
• The architect as a guardian of the public realm
• The city is your canvas
• Socially and environmentally conscious architecture
• From quantity to quality

• Acknowledgements
ISBN 9788189995812
Pages 196
Number of photographs 57 colour photographs 14 plans
Size 6.5 x 9.5" (165 x 241 mm), sc with gatefold
Date of Publishing 2013
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin Publishing
Rights Available World rights

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