Location: Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Team: Diane Athiade
In most Indian cities today one can clearly see two simultaneous modes of urban form, the formal grid of the post-colonial city and the supposed informality of the interstitial one. Whilst it is the formal city that is state mandated, it's the interstitial developments that point to new futures for our cities. Our mapping of markets and informal housing in Bandra (the first of the island city's northern suburbs), shows the clear mismatch between legislative planning and the actual programmatic need of the city and its citizens as well as the intricacy of symbiotic networks between the two. The interstitial infill of thin homegrown programs of pavement houses, markets etc. and the manifestation of these physical types suggest new models for retrofitting our cities.