Segments in this Video

Mumbai, a Crowded, Vibrant City (01:55)


With a population of 20 million, Mumbai is the largest coastal city of India on the Arabian Sea. It is crowded and has many slums like Santa Cruz.

Benefits of a Community Project (03:16)

Residents of Santa Cruz decided to upgrade the community, building a community center with public toilets, community kitchen and computer lab.

Diversity and Hinduism (01:26)

The slum of Santa Cruz has housed generations of Mumbai residents with a diversity of languages and religions. The Hindu's acceptance of social inequalities allows the coexistence of slums within the city.

Architectural Influence of Colonialism (02:03)

Colonial British style buildings line the commercial district where the textile industry flourished until the 1980's. Overpopulation and poverty are problems.

City Development (02:24)

Mumbai hopes to attract tourists by remodeling the city's center. Development of the coastal city must build up in high rises, but small parks are conserved.

Economy of Mumbai (00:49)

Commercialization takes over urban space for parks in the modern center where the stock exchange, banks and movie industry are located, but service workers live in a different environment.

Attacks in Mumbai's Center (01:32)

Recent terrorist and attacks on women in the city center reflect the anxiety and sense of insecurity. Lawyer Shirin Bharucha preserved urban spaces and founded the Urban Design Research Institute.

Urban Design Research Institute (03:35)

The Institute works in partnerships to preserve the culture and environment of Mumbai and conserve this Heritage Site. The Director of UDRI, Pankaj Joshi, has plans for a squalid slum along an old harbor.

Mumbai's Waterfronts (01:43)

Mumbai was built up from linked islands into a peninsula, and the waterfronts are littered with debris. People use the waterfront to wash animals and clothes.

Public Spaces on the Waterfront (02:41)

Fishermen and others use the public spaces along the waterfront for their work. The UDRI Director notes the democratic process of including the residents in plans for redevelopment of the waterfront.

Waterfront Promenade (01:52)

Local residents clean and preserve the promenade that continues to extend along the waterfront offering a public space for all residents, rich and poor.

A City Beach and Rural Migration (01:49)

A beach in front of residential high rises attracts the wealthy and marginalized population. The government must address the problems of rural migration before slums can be eliminated.

Mumbai's Potential (01:38)

Mumbai has the potential to become a modern major player in the global economy. Community projects replace government development in the diverse neighborhoods and slums.

Credits: Mumbai: Urban Future (00:29)

Credits: Mumbai: Urban Future

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As the government in Mumbai undertake s remodeling of the city center to conserve its status as a World Heritage Site and promote tourism, grassroots projects and community projects of the Urban Design Research Institute improve environmental and living conditions in the urban slums.

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: BVL56500

ISBN: 978-0-81609-643-5

Copyright date: ©2013

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