Thane Creek’s wetlands provide an invaluable service to Mumbai in the form of flood mitigation during the monsoon season. However, informal growth is slowly encroaching on them. Conservation efforts have been piece meal. In the minds of its inhabitants, the city center lies at the tip of the peninsula, but the project argues that Thane Creek is the invisible green heart at the geographic center of Mumbai. The project’s point of departure lies in rendering the site legible and in recognizing that, in order to preserve, change is necessary. The resulting master plan and its nine clusters of strategic projects is an exploration of “urbanization without density.”
Team: Daniel Daou.