By 2030, an estimated 70 percent of India's jobs will be in cities, and about 590 million Indians will live in urban areas. India’s slum population is projected to rise to 93 million this year, or 7.75 percent of the total population, according to a report by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.

The symposium will present three housing models that aim to alleviate the strain on Indian cities posed by population growth, while improving living conditions for residents. The first, Incremental Housing Strategy, a project by Filipe Balestra and Sara Göransson of Urban Nouveau in partnership with the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC), redesigns informal settlements through a process of gradual improvement to existing dwellings instead of demolition and rebuilding. The second, housing developed by Tata Housing and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, provides new low income housing through a market-driven strategy. And the third model, The Chawls of Mumbai, by Neera Adarkar, Prasad Shetty and Rupali Gupte proposes ways of preserving and adapting Mumbai’s mill worker housing as an alternative to demolition of the city’s historic fabric.

Informal Settlements
Sara Göransson and Filipe Balestra, Urban Nouveau, Swedish architects collaborating with SPARC and Mahila Milan on Incremental Housing Strategy in Pune (project in exhibition)
Darshini Mahadevia, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Planning and Public Policy and Member-Secretary, Centre for Urban Equity, CEPT University, Ahmedabad

Jugaad Urbanism is supported in part by grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This symposium is organized with the additional partnership of UN-HABITAT.

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