ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Alpa Sheth

Urban Layouts, Densities and the Quality of Urban Life

Urban planning in Mumbai has been systematically dismantled over the last few decades by successive regimes in Maharashtra. The planners themselves are not clear about the space needed for public uses. Hence, when they talk about turning Mumbai into Shanghai, they are only considering an increase in the floor space index but not the public areas. This study introduces two new concepts to help understand and evaluate urban layouts: the public ground area per capita and the buildable plot ratio. Using these concepts, it analyses how the variations of the configuration of private and public spaces affect densities and the working of urban areas. The paper also disagrees with the proposed government policy for Dharavi of resettling slum-dwellers in situ, in free housing paid for by new occupants in additional floor space on the same site.