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Landscape + Urbanism Around the Bay of Mumbai

Alan Berger (Author) Rahul Mehrotra (Author)

Mumbai's Metropolitan Region covers over 4,000 sq km and is home to over 22 million people. The dynamics of the Metropolitan Regionthe spatial and economic relations between its different neighborhoodsremain in flux.  For instance, over one million people commute to Navi Mumbai everydaya phenomenon that could not have been predicted as recently as ten years ago.  Thus, this points to the responsibility of architects, landscape architects, and planners is to include this inherent unpredictability of regional-level dynamics into their design recommendations. Within this rubric of understanding the urban realm, any work of a sole designer or planner is not to originate a singular grand vision for the entire Metropolitan Region, but to imagine urban design scale interventions that can respond to both site-specific conditions and regional-level trends and sequence these interventions; to determine which kinds of alterations to the citys fabric can trigger socially inclusive and economically viable change at the regional-level, and transition those ideas into tangible, individual projects that can add up to a larger, more robust whole,  over time.

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About the authors

Alan Berger

Alan Berger is an Associate Professor of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Berger's work emphasizes the link between our consumption of natural resources and the waste and destruction of landscape at regional and local scales. He is Founding Director of the Project for Reclamation Excellece (P-REX), a global think tank and multidisciplinary studio lab dedicated to sloving the world's most challenging landscape reclamation and sustainability issues through creative design, strategic planning, and ecological thinking. Alan is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Rahul Mehrotra

Rahul Mehrotra is a Professor of Architecture at MIT's School of Architecture and Planning. He has been in Private practice since 1990 as principal of RMA Architects, a Mumbai-based Architecture office engaged in building design, urban planning, and conservation projects. Professor Mehrotra has written extensively on the city of Mumbai and on Architecture in South Asia.

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Bibliographic information

Title Landscape + Urbanism Around the Bay of Mumbai
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8190197487, 9788190197489
length 243p., Col. Illustrations; Col. Maps; 28cm.