The 13th Compound: Co-operative development of an industrial urban village
Master of Architecture thesis
This thesis critiques the tabula rasa typology of 'slum' redevelopment which utilizes master planning to erase and rebuild slums. It proposes to enact a system based on smaller, contextual intervention within the 13 th Compound in the Dharavi slum of Mumbai. Focusing on the creation of trade based workers' co-operatives; this thesis intends to reinforce the 13th Compound and its symbiotic relationship to Mumbai. The proposal utilizes the context and resources of the neighborhood while focusing on the existing recycling industry as a continued means of livelihood. By enacting smaller scale interventions through erasure and addition, it inserts trade based workers' co-operatives as a means of organization, both spatially and politically. These co-operatives will represent the recycling trader which thrive in the 13th Compound and will integrate infrastructural amenities such as rain-water harvesting and gray water filtration into the existing industrial fabric in order to facilitate continual development.
Architecture; Urban and Regional Planning; Sociology; Arts