Articles by Mustansir Dalvi
Oct 01, 2012
Say goodbye to the Mumbai you knowThe Existing Land Use (ELU) Plan of Greater Mumbai which the city's civic body uses for planning is considerably different from the realities on ground. What does this mean for Mumbai?
Sep 10, 2012
Why preserving Mumbai’s heritage is preserving Marathi asmitaWhile most of Mumbai's regional political parties have taken up the cause of preventing Shivaji Park in central Mumbai being declared a heritage site, they ignored how important the area is to the Marathi culture.
Apr 11, 2012
How Mumbai's pucca house dream got a quick fixIn Mumbai, where 60 percent of the population builds for itself, a cement company has changed the construction paradigm and given those in slums a real, quick shot at middle-classdom — a pucca house.
Mar 07, 2012
Kuber Sarup case: We're just bodies on Mumbai's moral streetsThe Kuber Sarup ordeal tells you that your body, in public, is not your own. If at all it needs to be outdoors, it must be positioned appropriately. Ideally, the city implies — stay at home.
Jan 31, 2012
Garbage-in, garbage-out: The state of bricks in MumbaiNone of the rules of a quality brick apply to any Mumbai brick. But then, if the supply end is poor to start with, how could the constructed edifice be otherwise?
Jan 12, 2012
When Dharavi grows up, it does not want to be ShanghaiFrom tent cities to pucca neighbourhoods, slums possess a sense of order from their beginnings. Yet labelled 'difficult' areas by the SRA, the slums can deal with demolition but not the finality of rehabilitation.
Dec 12, 2011
The blue tarpaulin: what it bares about Mumbai's high-risesThe city's architecture defies climate. For Mumbai's high-rises, the need to be tower-like, an icon splashed on front page ads of national newspapers, is the problem.
Nov 21, 2011
Urbanism: What makes Shivaji Park more accessible than Oval MaidanWalls, railings and boundaries make Mumbai's public spaces less accessible than they could be.