This is a group assignment on a recent area of interest. I’ve done surveys and interviews for my Dissertation on “Future Role of Architects in the Building Industry and Society”, exploring how architects can stay relevant in the future in the Indian context. And through the findings and discussions I’ve come to realise that if we are to survive and contribute constructively to our nation, we need to be designing and building for the poorest, not the richest. More of us need to be architect-activist perhaps and be ready to get our hands dirty. There is a huge percentage of our population (the underpriveledged) that needs a guiding framework and planning which can help them collaborate and  generate their own solutions. (Think small changes, essential services that they themselves can’t build) The idea of emergence and trickle up effect in communities is an interesting and relevant one which Nabeel Hamdi talks about. This also questions the role of architects and planners and how we can promote people’s own building capacity (such as Alejandro Aravena’s Half House) Hence the choice of a topic which was personally essential for me to explore and understand. (Thanks to Sukriti and Sonal) Check out the original post, there’s a slideshow along with an essay. 🙂

Theory of Settlements-2016

slum-upgrading-final (Click here for downloading PDF)

Critical Analysis

Kanchan Joneja, Sonal Takkar, Sukriti Thukral

Slum upgradation is a process through which informal areas are gradually improved, formalised and incorporated into the city itself, through extending land, services and citizenship to slum dwellers. It involves providing slum dwellers with the economic, social, institutional and community services available to all other citizens. This theme came together around ‘sites and services’ and took many forms as – open sites, core housing, roof loan schemes, etc. It was widely supported by the World Bank and others in (and beyond) the 1980s, so that public authorities could restore formal control over land subdivision and house building processes, while seeking to mobilise the energies and resources of lower income groups for either the improvement or creation of shelter.

Slum upgradation is a process that benefits the city in much better ways that…

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