Can you imagine Dadar station as a swanky terminal with rooftop plazas? Or picture your city’s streets clear of hawkers and illegally parked cars, with broad pavements that welcome rather than deter pedestrians?
These are some of the ideas displayed on a series of panels at Rampart Row, as part of the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.
The ideas panels have been created by 32 architects and architecture students, each reflecting a specific vision for a different aspect of the city’s infrastructure, from improving transport to the better use of public spaces.
Titled Mumbai on the Move, the exhibition is part of the new Urban Design and Architecture segment introduced at the festival this year.
Among the innovative solutions it envisions is using the spaces under flyovers for traffic management, and rethinking signage in the city, including the stereotypical image of the woman on ladies’ compartments on local trains, which typify the Indian woman as conservative and traditional.
“The architects have put up some very innovative ideas for Mumbai,” said Ajay Nayak, co-curator of the segment.
Four of the panels showcase the work done by students of the Industrial Design Centre of IIT-Bombay.
“The festival is a great way of reaching to people and getting public opinion on our ideas. Our students who are at the festival have been getting a lot of feedback from attendees who are interested in the innovative designs,” said IDC head BK Chakravarthy.
The exhibition attracted large numbers on Rampart Row.
“Being a real-estate developer myself, I loved these infrastructure ideas,” said Yogesh Halkara, a resident of Kemps Corner. “It shows that architects and designers can do so much for the city, if only they are backed by political will.”