Project entry for Asia Pacific

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    Recovered Foreshore in India

    Urban scale: Fishing activity footprint. Koliwadas, transportation, markets and docks in Mumbai.

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    Presentation to Next Generation 1st prize winner for Asia Pacific (l-r): Holcim Argentina CEO, Christian Dedeu, with Soledad Patiño, Harvard Graduate School of Design, USA for Recovered Foreshore in India and Loreta Castro Reguera, Taller Capital (Mexico) and Head of the Holcim Awards jury for Latin America.

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    Recovered Foreshore in India

    At the urban scale, the proposal decentralizes the docking and market activity of the city, concentrating it around the fishing settlements. The Koliwadas become new centralities in a scheme that seeks to create connections between Mumbai’s central mobility railway spine and the city’s west waterfront. This strategy tackles problems derived from commuting distances and unhealthy fishing practices. Then, the project focuses on Mahim Koliwada, creating three main transitional pieces.

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    Recovered Foreshore in India

    An interface with water protects the village from the flooding season and collects waste by recovering the mangrove’s ecosystem of the Mithi River. Docking and farming happen in this zone. An interface with the city links the settlement to the neighborhood throughout a local fishing market, community kitchen, and internet café. A transversal infrastructural piece resolves the edge with the adjacent public space, allows for fish cleaning and drying together with workshops and a community center.

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    Recovered Foreshore in India

    Urban scale: Koliwadas villages in the city. Settlements and travel footprint.

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    Recovered Foreshore in India

    Neighborhood scale: Edges and connective definition for Mahim Koliwada.

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    Recovered Foreshore in India

    Settlement scale: Sections. Zone D (Urban front). Zone C (Connective piece).

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    Recovered Foreshore in India

    Zone D - Urban front. Above: Actual conditions. Below: Proposed market, kitchen and public space.

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    Recovered Foreshore in India

    Zone C - Connective piece. Above: Actual conditions. Below: Proposed docks and waste collection.

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    Recovered Foreshore in India

    Strengthening livelihoods throughout sanitation infrastructure. Communal collective practices.

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    Recovered Foreshore in India

    An integrated lifecycle. The ecology of sanitation.

Last updated: June 18, 2021 Mumbai, India

People: Community participation and social inclusion

The project adopts a community participation and bottom-up planning approach because of its potential to achieve sustainable outcomes. Different stakeholders such as the UDRI (Urban Design Research Institute of Mumbai), NGOs, and community members take part in it to generate trust and commitment regarding its implementation. Furthermore, the project understands sanitation is intrinsically linked to equity and social inclusion. Collective livelihoods – such as community kitchens, places to dock, and to sell fish – are part of the new transitional infrastructures. Also, the definition of an organizational structure of blocks in Mahim sets up a governing mechanism from which the settlement can grow, considering ongoing negotiations over land rights and demarcation.

Planet: Sanitation as ecology

The project moves towards a renewed and comprehensive approach to urban sanitation, understood as an ecology of interdependencies. Water, trash, and energy management within the community, together with livelihoods and fishing practices, create an integrated lifecycle that occurs in the proposed infrastructures. In the new business and circular economy model, all these work together in a closed-loop of material resources and management issues, including waste separation, composting, biogas, and renewable energy generation. An interface with the water protects the entire Mahim village from the flooding season and collects waste, by the reconstruction of the mangrove's ecosystem of the Mithi River.

Place: Hybrid infrastructures and local livelihoods

The proposed hybrid infrastructures allow fishing activities accompanied by local livelihoods to take place. Zone A proposed for docking and farming; Zone B for community space and fishing equipment provision; Zone for C for cleaning and drying fish together with workshops; and Zone D for a fishing market, community kitchens and internet café. The new multifunctional infrastructures are composed of two parts. Service point areas constructed in brick locate the main sanitation infrastructures. Exterior flexible and adaptable bamboo structures - a local material of shorter lifecycle-accommodate fishing activities but also new livelihood opportunities. They conform seasonal, adaptable, and resilient spaces that absorb the intensifying flux that the fishing villages experience.