Lack of greenery and access to open space is a pressing concern in Mumbai, even more so for residents of informal settlements and slums.
With the help of the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation, the project involved piloting and scaling up of an urban farming solution. The solution revolves around a low-cost and easy-to-install modular design through which users can grow plants on their rooftops. Plants grown can be used for domestic consumption, and also for small-scale retail.
The objective of the project was to help increase access to green spaces in areas where it is most needed, while adding an economically beneficial dimension to the same, so that more people embrace it.
The design was piloted in an informal settlement in Ghatkopar, Mumbai, and received widespread enthusiasm among community members.
The Design Research Publication Cell at the Balwant Sheth School of Architecture, Mumbai, is a platform for faculty, graduates, and students to engage in diverse collaborative endeavours. It is also a laboratory that conducts multi-scalar research and experimentation in the fields of design, architecture and urbanism, with the intent of helping society adapt to environmental paradigms.