Research /

EMBEDDING A PLASTIC MORPHOLOGY, Waste in transit

Project Dynamics:

A research based project on Mumbai and taking floods as a temporal event that leaves permanent aftermath on the Urban Fabric. Mumbai is the largest and most economically important city in India.Located on a flood-prone, poorly drained peninsula composed largely of landfill, Mumbai is highly vulnerable to climate hazards, as demonstrated by the extensive monsoon flooding in July 2005 that killed more than 1,000 residents. These vulnerabilities are compounded by Mumbai’s location on several seismic faults, as well as its unsanitary methods for raw sewage and industrial waste disposal into the waters and air surrounding Mumbai.

Project Area:

Mumbai

Plastic as a major Cause :

The real crux of the poor drainage system in Mumbai is that unlike the city proper, the suburban Mumbai has not yet developed a sound network of underground drainage system. The open guttersserve as outlets for both the sewage and storm water. All these gutters ultimately pour water into the Mahim Creek just below the mouth of Mithi river, creating a cesspool of stinking filthy waterthat drains out very slowly into the sea.

Key Notes

Urban Places are complex systems that are constantly changing under the influence of global processes. Yet there are Global Crossroads that offer the potential to initiate mitigative and adaptive practices. A case of Mumbai and the Monsoon flood , and the distribution of vulnerability and resilience among low income population during and after the event.The dissassembly of the event (Floods) however, leaves behind the possiblity of dealing with the structures , materials (Plastic) by critically analyzing their bounded history with the event and the city’s morphology and the possibility of the further scenario( Vulnerability Scenario), in case of a recoccurence of the event.