Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2010

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Architecture

First Advisor

Nadia Anderson

Abstract

This thesis documents and analyzes a building-type called chawl in Mumbai, India. Typically occupied by middle class residents, chawls provide access to a range of services and, most importantly, a social support-system that makes life easier in contemporary Mumbai. The research examines how chawls developed within the urban context of Mumbai and how they contribute to the social and cultural lives of their residents. Research methods include a literature review of books, journals, newspaper articles as well as pictographic record and interviews with residents living in the two case study chawls. The analysis shows that a dense social-network between the residents is one of the main reasons for them to live in the chawls. In a dense city like Mumbai, with a lack of affordable housing, chawls provide a sustainable model for middle class housing that should be maintained and can potentially serve as a model for future housing projects.

Copyright Owner

Priyanka N. Karandikar

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-30

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

95 p.

Included in

Architecture Commons

Share

COinS