DENSITY # URBAN TREND # PHOTOGRAPHY :: Mumbai by Alicja Dobrucka

Life is on a new high”

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from the artist :: The project aims to address the issue of the changing landscape and unregulated construction in the financial capital of India, Mumbai. The city is undergoing a massive construction boom, with more than 15 supertalls, hundreds of skyscrapers and thousands of high-rise buildings under construction. Currently Mumbai is home to the largest number of supertalls and skyscrapers under construction in the world.
More than 2500 high-rise buildings are already constructed in addition to more than a thousand mid-rises existing already. Most of the skyscrapers are residential. Even the richest man in the city lives in a skyscraper. ‘Antilia’ is one of the taller towers in which 27 floors accommodate a family of four and 200 servants.
The population density is estimated to be about 20,482 persons per square kilometre. The living space is 4.5 square metre per person. The number of slum-dwellers is estimated to be 9 million – that is, 62% of all Mumbaikers live in desolate slums.
There is no centralized urban planning and the towers keep popping up in all areas of central Mumbai, in particular on the huge pieces of land that accommodated textile factories that are now closed, as well as in the suburbs. The building companies are supported by the government and are given tax exemption.
This building boom creates a great deal of problems and makes the city difficult to negotiate on foot, and it is damaging to the environment as the large glass windows require air conditioning, which in turn increases the consumption of electricity.
Advertising agencies appeal to the newly rich, the up and coming middle class, using slogans such as: ’You don’t just invite friends over, you invite awe.’ The new Indian luxury consumer is pursuing a lifestyle where owning an apartment in the ‘newly builds’, as much as possessing exclusive items, is seen as a clear sign of wealth and power.”

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Maximum City: Dizzying Images of Mumbai’s Sky-High Building Boom

by , 01/22/14

Read more: Maximum City: Dizzying Images of Mumbai’s Sky-High Building Boom | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

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