Chlorophyllous Urbanism: Mumbai
RIBA Silver Medal 2015/ High Commendation
RSA: New Contemporaries 2016/ Chosen Participant
A+DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2015/ Chosen Nominee
Dunbar-Nasmith Clousden Prize for Academic Excellence 2015/ Winner
The Clason-Harvie Bursary for Outstanding Work in Architecture 2015/ Winner
The thesis, titled Chlorophyllous Ubanism, posits an approach to urbanism and architecture which is more appropriate to the feculant characteristics of the Mumbai metropolis. It revisualises the city as being in a state of continuous redefinition and revaluation between that which can be described as ‘red’, the feculant ecologies of the environment, and that which is ‘green’, the economies of the colonial cotton industry. Wherever possible the proposal seeks to create opportunities where the communal and the shared can be promoted; to develop economies which facilitate the interaction between individuals; to make spaces which foster these situations; to inhabit territories which allow people the space to express and to live.
The thesis posits that architecture and territories should aim to provide a platform for the culture and society of now and the future. If Mumbai is increasingly being populated by gated communities, large-scale infrastructure and the systematic de-industrialization of its already flagging industrial economies then what is proposed is a counter to these forms of territorialisation, architecture and economies. The thesis proposes a series of architectural interventions (Farm, Factory, School, Bank, Market, Laboratory and Embassy) which aim to promote and develop the exising vitality of the city while also reconnecting the citizens of Mumbai with the value of their immediate environments in an attempt to ensure its longevity.