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Interview: William Hunter Discusses Contested Urbanism in Dharavi

Interview: William Hunter Discusses Contested Urbanism in Dharavi
Interview: William Hunter Discusses Contested Urbanism in Dharavi, Dharavi Slum, Mumbai, India; © Gynna Millan; Courtesy of Flickr User Development Planning Unit University College London. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Dharavi Slum, Mumbai, India; © Gynna Millan; Courtesy of Flickr User Development Planning Unit University College London. Used under Creative Commons

Dharavi - Asia’s largest slum of one million with an average density of 18,000 residents per acre - is amidst a heated debate between its people, the government and private investors as it sits on some of India’s hottest real estate in Mumbai. While the government is grappling for solutions on how to successfully dismantle the low-rise slum and relocate its residents to a high-rise podium style typology, the investor’s profit-driven approach has placed residents on the defense, “rendering Dharavi a perfect storm of contested urbanism," as architect, urban designer and author William Hunter describes.

In light of this, we would like to direct you to an interview by Andrew Wad of Polis in which discusses Dharavi’s dire situation and the motivation behind Hunter’s new book, Contested Urbanism in Dharavi: Writings and Projects for the Resilient City. Read the interview in its entirety here and read a recap on Dharavi’s situation here.

Dharavi Slum, Mumbai, India; © Gynna Millan; Courtesy of Flickr User Development Planning Unit University College London. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Dharavi Slum, Mumbai, India; © Gynna Millan; Courtesy of Flickr User Development Planning Unit University College London. Used under Creative Commons
Interview: William Hunter Discusses Contested Urbanism in Dharavi, Dharavi Slum, Mumbai, India; © Gynna Millan; Courtesy of Flickr User Development Planning Unit University College London. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Dharavi Slum, Mumbai, India; © Gynna Millan; Courtesy of Flickr User Development Planning Unit University College London. Used under Creative Commons

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield(x). "Interview: William Hunter Discusses Contested Urbanism in Dharavi" 28 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/403220/contested-urbanism-the-politics-of-slum-redevelopment-in-dharavi-mumbai/> ISSN 0719-8884
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