The Spine

UC Berkeley

Mumbai Housing Development

Spring 2020

Collaboration with:

Chelsea Wang, Yunyi Chen (M.Arch)

Kuba Snopek, Andres Martell (MRED+D)

The master plan proposes transforming a 78-acre industrial zone near Mumbai into a bustling mixed-use development, designed in partnership with Godrej Properties.

 

We propose healthy urban living as the theme of the development, by introducing two spines across the site. The Green Spine, an outdoor space filled with greenery connecting 3 Godrej developments, encourages everyday movement and reduces social isolation by introducing various programs throughout the four phases of development. Stores and restaurants revolving around the concept of health exist along the Commercial Spine, which connects our development to a proposed transit center, given the current lack of public transportation network to our site.

Old trees along the existing street network

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Tree integration, Allocated Open Space for Government, Car Circulation & Parking, Bike Circulation Diagram

The building height and massing provide the much needed shade for the central green spine, given the heat and humidity of Mumbai. The buildings are also designed to be porous to allow wind to pass through, and create openings that allow view of the mangrove forest from the adjacent buildings.

PHASE 1: EAT WELL

Culinary promenade with food hall and stalls, culinary incubator and community garden to grow fresh produce.

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PHASE 2: EXERCISE WELL

Park with amphitheater, blending sports and performance to make the process of staying fit more rewarding.

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PHASE 3: SHOP WELL

Access to health clinics and a collection of shops that revolve around the concept of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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