Kamu Iyer passes away: Revisiting noted architect's 2014 interview in which he spoke of Mumbai's metamorphosis
Kamu Iyer's observations present us with an alternative genealogy to understand Mumbai as it is today, writes Mustansir Dalvi.
While 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.
The 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.
None 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?
From 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.
The 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.
Walls, railings and boundaries make Mumbai's public spaces less accessible than they could be.