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In continuation & expansion of previous year workshop theme, the KRVIA+SPA workshop for Masters Sem: I, began with the mapping and suggestive guidelines of metro line:1, i:e Rithala - Dilshad Garden route. The group of 40 students divided in 10 subgroups began to examine the various station locations along the metro route. 
This year workshops marginally shifted from earlier one, in terms of objective guidelines to subjective study of patterns and emerging scenarios. The last two days mounted the demand of setting up an exhibition resulted into a fine quality of summation along with streamlined argumentative drawings. The larger wisdom of such joint workshop gives the opportunity to read the city from different point of view. The issues are not about understanding the difference in working methods but it’s about acknowledging the various methods of reading and mapping the city.  KRVIA began this exchange with 8 students in earlier inception of the workshop, and now strongly represe…


The IIA conference on affordable housing highlighted some of the key issues not only related to the theme but also to the generic question on Housing. Although the JLL report on Urban Housing clearly stating the deficiency of 24 million units within 10th five year plan, within which 88% of housing units need in economical weaker section. However discussion began with clear statement “HOUSING FOR ALL” drawing up with the philosophical dimensions, delineating the issues in broader perspective that “AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT”. The fundamental attributes of housing has to deal with economic and social perspectives with multi fold approach & multi-contextual syntax.
The rapid industrialization of urban areas and cities came up with the incidental housing supply, perhaps negating the mobilization of social and economic class in long term perspective, adding up to the wider problems when we talk about de-industrialization of the city. The affordable housing is perhaps a u…


The ongoing infrastructure development aspiration has taken few noteworthy steps. The first being eastern freeway from Indian Oil Nagar to  SVP road, near Pricess Dock, the second being Santacruz East to Chembur Link road via Kurla and third one is Mumbai first Metro Line (Versova- Ghatkopar)
The most sought out project of Mumbai Metro finally began with interesting statistic:
- Began in 2009 - Total cost appx. 2400 crore. - 11.4 kilometer of stretch with 12 stations. - Carrier capacity expected 6 lacs/ day.
The most important part of metro line is that first time the urban development department attempting to address the east-west commuter travel. The city development has always been north to south, resulting in peculiar land use characteristics, directing the development of the city and its real estate value namely in:

- administrative system
- production system
- institutional system
- living & living/ working system 

The interaction between transport and land use systems was never a obje…