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Sector 23-B, Dwarka, Delhi, 2017

This is an academic project carried out individually, as part of the Experimental Housing Studio at SPA Delhi. It was showcased as part of the Affordable Housing presentation at the ARCON Summit in Agra in 2017 by Ar. Anuj Mehta and Ar. Snehanshu Mukherjee. 

This was an opportunity to explore new housing typologies for mixed-income groups. It was experimental in its approach because there were no conclusive figures to be attained in terms of density, FSI or ground coverage. The freedom to explore allowed me to use the quantitative and qualitative learnings about numbers and lifestyles from the typology studies (row, cluster, walkup) to create a mixed-income groups typology:

  • 33% EWS multipurpose units, shared courtyard

  • 55% LIG units in walkup form, common terraces

  • 11% MIG in form of duplet

The aim of this housing studio was to first explore different typologies to understand the systems and design moves involved in a dwellling unit as well as site planning using a constant of 2 acre site with a 60 sq m builtup area. Also to understand the lifestyle determined by each typology, the comparitive differences in terms of community spaces, privacy, movement networks, light and ventilation etc. Looking at densities achieved in each, comparing and weighing for each typlogy: quantitative as well as qualitative.

Mixed Income Group Housing, Delhi

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Design highlights:
• Dedicated streets and separate access for different economic groups
• Limiting vehicular access, pedestrianized zones and spine connecting amenities
• Mixed land use (commercial + institutional areas for better live-work scenario)
• Open spaces integrated as courts, streets, terraces, gardens for different economic groups + age groups (hierarchy of spaces)
• Mutual support (buyer: MIG, seller/service provider: EWS,LIG)
• Designed for transformation by users (design as an enabler)

As part of the larger discourse on affordable housing in Indian cities, this project is an alternate model supporting mixed-use neighbourhoods and creating space for lower-income groups close to their source of livelihood instead of being pushed to the periphery of the city or in unsuitable highrises that don’t support their lifestyles. The urban housing shortage is estimated at 88% for EWS, 11% for LIG, and 1% for MIG. The project fulfills the need based on this priority order. 

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As part of the larger discourse on affordable housing in Indian cities, this project is an alternate model supporting mixed-use neighbourhoods and creating space for lower income groups close to their source of livelihood instead of being pushed to the periphery of the city or in unsuitable highrises that don’t support their lifestyles. The urban housing shortage is estimated at 88% for EWS, 11% for LIG and 1% for MIG. The project fulfills the need based on this priority order. 

If you wish to read further, you can check out my blog post on 'Informal=Intelligent'