The Kinetic City

Mumbai architect and MIT Professor of Architecture Rahul Mehrotra says that Mumbai is misunderstood as two distinct areas, the "formal" and "informal" city, instead of as a "kinetic" model.

Mehrotra defines the kinetic city as "a city where events and changes in time are more important than monuments and places in space."

Kerwin Datu writes, "It is unhelpful that Mumbai's leaders hope to replicate the condition of city-states such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong, where the city is represented by architectural 'objects'. Rather, leaders should appreciate how streets and spaces are used from hour to hour, day to day and throughout the year, and understand how both the rich and poor of Mumbai adapt their living patterns to the density of the city."

Full Story: Rahul Mehrotra and the "kinetic city": designing for informality in Mumbai
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