Where are our cities heading?
Taking the case of Mumbai, Vikas Dilawari sheds light on the current trends in construction. “A good city is a harmonious blend of public landmarks, residential grain, land use, good quality public and private spaces, and efficient infrastructure.” Mumbai had been the finest city the East of Switzerland in the 19th century, as it exemplified these qualities. Both 19th and 20th century buildings were planned sensitively and have been integrated well with the city and have contributed to become its heritage. Mumbai was the first city to have heritage legislation. However, currently the government is not keen on conservation and neither do builders nor residents welcome it.
“If today’s architecture can become the heritage of tomorrow, then you can certainly think about erasing some of the past.”
The relationship of the grain of the city with its landmarks tells the story of the quality of life of the city. The current trend in construction in Mumbai is of redevelopment. Existing buildings are erased completely and redeveloped. These projects are insensitive, and manifest as individual high-rise buildings that ignore their contexts. Mumbai has 16000 cess properties that fall under the rent control act. These buildings built be