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Vikhroli Park Site Road
the Bandra Collective wins the competition for the redesign of the Vikhroli Park Site Road in the Mumbai Street Lab competition. By rationalising road widths across the 1.6 km length of the road, the design carves out 2.2 acres of new public green space. This public space is desperately needed in a city with a notoriously low 1.1 m2 of open space per capita.
The Mumbai Street Lab aims at facilitating the transformation of 5 important streets in Mumbai with the creative expertise of designers in the city. Through this lab, urban designers will have the unique opportunity of working directly with MCGM and other city stakeholders on “live” street design projects. The winning proposal for each street are the most human-centric, contextual, inclusive and practical in its design approach.The Mumbai Street Lab is a platform for designers and the city government to meet. Furthermore it intends to pilot innovative and creative street design solutions as a demonstration of success of this model.
Image above: Field test of rationalising road lanes that creates a 14m wide parkway in the centre of the road
Of the 52 total applications received, 15 teams were shortlisted to present their design proposals in an in-person jury held at the MCGM HQ on November 13, 2019. The teams made a detailed presentation of their design ideas to the jury and were judged on three primary criteria; site understanding, design response and ease of implementation. The winning teams will now work with MCGM officials and WRI India to finalise their designs after which they will be implemented by MCGM. WRI India under the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety, is the knowledge partner to MCGM.
Shri Praveen Pardeshi, IAS, Municipal Commissioner, MCGM, felicitated the five winners for the five streets on December 21st 2019. These streets will be taken up for redesign by proficient urban designers and architects. The winners of the competition were chosen by an esteemed jury of Government and private sector organizations and citizen groups, to provide holistic, human centric, contextual, inclusive and implementable design solutions.
The winners of the competition are:
Prasanna Desai Architects for S.V. Road
Studio Pomegranate for Napean Sea Road
Studio Infill & Designshala Collaborative for Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road
Mad(e) in Mumbai for Maulana Shaukat Ali Road
Bandra Collective for Vikhroli Parksite Road No. 17.