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The research fellowship aims to provide young THE BROAD AREAS OF RESEARCH FOR PROPOSALS: Each research fellow will have to develop a report
scholars, researchers and independent practitioners detailing and compiling the final research findings; which
the opportunity to do research on contemporary A L T E R N A T I V E H I S T O R I E S A N D would be discussed and reviewed with resource persons.
urban issues and concerns of Mumbai. CONCEPTUALISATIONS: These will be launched through the website and media for
Research on Alternative histories that encompass the consultation.
UDRI hopes that the fellowships will enable young Economy of the City, Governance and Administration,
scholars and researchers to approach the issues in Housing in the City, Actors, organisations and Development The research papers/studies/articles emerging from this
Mumbai from a different perspective and will Practice, Architecture of the City and New City Concepts intensive 6-18 months long program will be presented at
contribute to the creation of new scholarships in the conceptualising Urban infrastructure, the Urban Informal an annual conference.
urban understanding. Sector, Urban Peripheries, the Global City Landscapes, etc.
UDRI would also support:
URBAN PROJECTS: ? Discussions & debates on the research
Research Fellowship Programme Research related to review of one or more important urban ? Public awareness
project / project type with various details of its development. ? Publication of research findings as
Applicants shall demonstrate the relevance of the Suggested themes could include Mill Land monographs/research papers
proposed research to the city of Mumbai/Mumbai Redevelopments, New Townships, Waterfronts ? Monograph of the research paper
Metropolitan Region and the feasibility of Redevelopment, Heritage Conservation, Urban ? lecture series
accompanying the research goal within the stipulated Conservation, Public Space Conservation, Environmental ? Formal release of the published monograph
period. The research period is from 6-18 months Conservation, Urban Infrastructure, Slum Resettlement and ? Release of paper on the official website of UDRI
depending on the project scope and deliverables. Redevelopment, Special Economic Zones, Multiplexes, (
Shopping Malls, Call Centres, etc.
Research Fellows shall be given a monthly stipend
and professional allowance of 20000 Rs. URBAN PRACTICES:
Research related to elaborations on one or more actor / DATES
They shall also be provided with working space and Receipt of Proposals | October and April
requisite infrastructure at the UDRI studio. agency, their contexts, their strategies/tactics, their actions,
their impacts etc on the development processes of the city. Interview and Final Selection | December and June
Suggested topics include practices of Local Government, Start of Fellowship | January and July
In addition, UDRI will enable the findings and
observations from the field notes to be presented to State, Politicians, Media, Community Based Organisations,
NGOs dealing with the Environment, with Poverty and other ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
the stakeholders through workshops/ public meetings/ ? Applicants should have a bachelors/masters degree in
panel discussions with policy makers and experts, and NGOs, Academia, Financial Institutions, Judiciary, Private
Architectural and Planning Practices, Multinational architecture or planning, and equivalent published work
eventually presented to the state to feed into policy (or) Masters degree in geography or social sciences and
and advocacy. Agencies.
equivalent published work
Allotment of guides and resource persons in POLICY REVIEW:
Research related to elaborations on one or more policy that ? High proficiency in English language and preferably
conjunction with the research projects undertaken. All Hindi and Marathi
fellows interact with the resource persons in a one-day has significantly shaped the city. Possible topics may include
workshop organized in the studio. the Regional Plan, Development Plan, Development Control
Regulations, Housing Policy, Rent Control Act, Heritage Be eligible for leave of absence, if employed.

Monthly reviews, Six-monthly reviews by the Conservation Guidelines, Urban Land Ceiling Act, Floor
Space Index, Slum Resettlement and Redevelopment, Slum APPLICATION FORMAT:
Executive Director, UDRI. Peer reviews by invited Application forms can be downloaded from our web site:
expert, policy-makers, stake-holder representatives, Rehabilitation Act, Transferable Development Rights
mechanism, CESS, etc.
government and semi-government agencies.
CITY GEOGRAPHIES: The proposal should set out the problem to be
For details contact: UDRI, 43, Dr. V.B. Gandhi Marg, investigated, tentative hypothesis and arguments, a
Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai 400023 Tel: +91-22- Research related to documentation of one or more
geographical or institutional area within the city, which review of the relevant literature and contribution to be
65735773 made by the research, methodology, a short bibliography
Email: , , among others, could cover areas of City Administration,
Public Spaces, Open spaces and Environmentally Sensitive listing key words, planned fieldwork, time frame and
Application form can be downloaded from the UDRI proposed product. Two letters of reference should also
website : Areas, Industrial City and Old Suburbs, Fort and Native City,
Railway Stations and Markets, BEST, WR & CR, Slums, City be submitted.
Peripheries, the New Suburbs, etc.
trust set up in 1984 dedicated to the protection of built Since 1993 the UDRI has published of books on housing,
environments and improvement of urban communities. conservation, urbanization and urban management. Each of
Understanding that an interdisciplinary and holistic view of our these books, conference proceedings, reports and manuals are
urban environment will lead to practical solutions for its focused on the Greater Mumbai Area, and have deepened our
improvement, the UDRI provides a forum promoting interaction understanding of the region. Publications correlate to our
between architects, urban designers and professionals from research projects, fellowships, Bombay Studios, and Research
related fields such as economics, sociology, planning, and Resource Center. Furthermore, they have fostered public
conservation and history. To this end, the UDRI organizes public participation in civic improvement, conservation and planning
lectures, exhibitions and fora, as well as publications, a research efforts
fellowship programme, the Bombay Studio and a Research and
Resource Centre focused on the study of Mumbai. Each of these Mumbai Reader
aspects fit together in an integrated, symbiotic way. Mapping Mumbai
Eastern Waterfront
RESEARCH & RESOURCE CENTRE has been systematically Creating a Tourist Destination: The Gateway of India Precinct
building a knowledge base of digital and archival information on Conservation After Legislation
Mumbai City and Metropolitan Region, which is open to the Conservation Manual for Owners and Occupiers
public. The Center's extensive collection holds visual images, Through the Looking Glass: Grade I Heritage of Mumbai
4 From the 50's: Emerging Modern Architecture in Bombay
films, books, city development plans, drawings, policy
Churchgate Revival: A Proposal for Urban Management
documents, historical reports, feasibility studies, technical Ballard Estate Proposal for Upgrading & Managing The Area
reports, acts and policies, magazines, media reports and Restoring Banking District - Horniman Circle Association
contemporary writings on the city, urban planning, management, Buildings of Kala Ghoda Art District
political development, economy, public interest and more. This Public Places - Bombay
work of the Centre is closely involved with the UDRI's research ?Conserving an Image Center: the Fort Precinct in Bombay
projects and fellowship programme in an ultimate attempt to
inform policy at the government level. RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
RESEARCH PROJECTS involve documenting and mapping In 2009 the UDRI inducted three research fellowsinto the
buildings, neighbourhoods and precincts in the city. Beginning program. Jaideep Gupte who is currently finishing his
with the Research and Resource Centre's collection, each UDRI Doctorate in Philosophy at the Department of Politics,
project involves archival research, fieldwork and documentation, University of Oxford looks at the various efforts to redevelop or
leading to institutional collaborations and publication. Research relocate slum dwellers and asks if security provision should be
projects have been designed to address the shortcomings of an explicit part of slum relocation and redevelopment
existing legislation, the insufficiency of civic infrastructure and the schemes? If so, how and to what extent?; and how does one
pressing need to recover the city's open spaces and restore its define 'slum' and 'security'. Through the UDRI Research
built fabric. Fellowship, Jaideep proposes to look at these questions with a
particular focus on schemes which relocate slum populations
PUBLIC FORA are organized monthly, in two sessions (January- and in specific has looked at the relocation schemes in
April, September-December) yearly with the intention of creating Mankhurd.
dialogue between the state and various stakeholders around Vineet Nikhumb who is an architect graduated from Rizvi
urban planning decision processes. Mahindra GESCO Pvt Ltd College asks the question “What happened to my street life?”
supports the Lecture Series in collaboration with the Max Mueller In his study he has looked at the pedestrian activity around four
Bhavan. Since our founding, we have organized nearly 150 station precincts in Mumbai. He will attempt to use his
lectures and fora. observations and learning's from this to formulate design
BOMBAY STUDIO began in 2005 in collaboration with the strategies and policies that will provide priority to the street life research fellowship programme
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the and pedestrians in a city fast becoming crowded with various
University of Michigan. In 2006, the second Studio of 16 schemes which displace pedestrians from their rightful place
postgraduates studied processes and networks that enable city on the ground.
functioning, and temporal landscapes created within the city Ranjit Kandalgaonkar is interested in documenting the
through various time cycles. In February 2007, 32 urban personal histories and collective memories of inner city
planners, city officials, and academicians from the Berlin's Institut precincts in Mumbai through graphic artwork, documentary
Fuer Staedtebau visited Mumbai to study port lands, mill lands, research and storytelling.
and rehabilitation and resettlement housing projects. In March
2007, in collaboration with Leuven University, Belgium, the
Bombay Studio focused on the port lands and their evolving role TRUSTEES
in the city and Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The 20 post- Charles Correa, Cyrus Guzder, Deepak Parekh, Nana Chudasama,
graduates attempted to develop alternative scenarios for various Shirin Bharucha, Rahul Mehrotra,Nasser Munjee, Anuj Bhagwati
conditions within the port lands.