Monday, October 15, 2007


C-Laboratory: S.L.U.M.

S.L.U.M. stands for Sustainable Living Urbanism Mumbai and is an urban planning strategy of Finland based architect team C-Laboratory to naturally restore the polluted Oshiwara River in Mumbai and its surrounding slum communities. The plan views the Oshiwara chain of slums vital energy-points of "urban acupuncture" treating the surrounding city by recycling its waste and producing in exchange organic (buffalo milk and dung, vegetables) and industrial goods. C-Laboratory proposes the developing of the slums into a chain of urban farming communities with heavy impact of modern environmental technology to deal with the growing environmental problems of the Mumbai City.
- Freebase


Urban ecological rehabilitation plan for Mumbai City. Oshiwara river valley chain of slums as a case study for urban waste treatment based on the existing fact of the slums as garbage recycling platforms. Modern environmental technology units introduced to the slum communities to control environmental pollution and encouraging towards ecologically sustainable urban living including community farms and bio energy production.

Today the illegal slums treat the urban waste flow from the surrounding city. This may sound ecological but is in fact killing people in the slums due to the forced use of chemicals and inhuman working conditions in general . The slums are situated around river beds. Hazardous means of recycling, illegal factories and overdeveloping results damagingly to the river ecosystems and the rivers can no longer act a the monsoon flood water relief channels causing to annual floods in Mumbai with high death ratios.

The results of the Oshiwara case study are aimed to be multiplied to the other urban slum areas in Mumbai and other Indian cities. Today the slums are the end of the line of urban human exploitation.

Slums are ruining Mumbai. Ruin is when man-made has become part of nature. Slums are the hope of Mumbai. The Third Generation Mumbai will grow from the Slums. They are the compost of the city, the most fertile top-soil.
- Marco Casagrande

Sustainable Living Urbanism Mumbai
Urban Flashes Mumbai - India 2006
Marco Casagrande & C-Laboratory in co-operation with Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Human Environment Group and Tamkang University Department of Architecture.

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