March 16 – 23, 2008
Dharavi's Koliwada is a traditional fisher folk community in one of Asia's largest slum. Koliwada's village like character has been preserved even in the midst of the dramatic urban and demographic changes that Mumbai has experienced in the last century.
The workshop will produce creative urban designs for Koliwada as well as a multimedia testimony to the unique spirit of the community. This workshop will also be an experiment in participatory planning and global collaborative work. Architects, urban planners, artists, activists and legal experts from India and many other parts of the world will be joining the workshop, working in teams consisting primarily of local residents. Faculty and students from University of Tokyo, Harvard, Yale and Columbia will be participating.
All material produced will be uploaded on a wikimedia website
We hope that the workshop will empower the community to think about the design aspects of redevelopment and build capacity by providing methodologies and infrastructures with which the community can generate and communicate its own urban data.
Urban Typhoon is an experiment in global team-work and participatory design. The first workshop in this series took place in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo (Japan) in June 2006 when 130 local residents and international participants brainstormed with world-class practitioners on the future of this alternative neighborhood located in the heart of Tokyo.