Extreme Urbanism 2: Speculations and Alternative Futures for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region
a Studio research report of the Harvard Graduate School of Design


Edited by Rahul Mehrotra, Gareth Doherty, and Víctor Muñoz Sanz
Book design by Víctor Muñoz Sanz
 
Extreme Urbanism 2: Speculations and Alternative Futures for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region is the second book published as a result of a multi-year research and design project focused in the re-magination of Mumbai's urban condition. 

The basis for the 514-page volume is the work and research done during the GSD Studio during Spring 2012. The studio engaged with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) as its site for enquiry, research, and design propositions. The pedagogical thrust of the studio was to explore the potential for urban design and planning as well as landscape, architecture, and real estate as instruments for spatial imaginations at the metropolitan scale. The studio explored issues of extreme urbanism in the form of social, cultural, and economic disparities and how these manifest themselves in the MMR. Social interactions, public space and the broader issue of how design and planning can facilitate new imaginations for the metropolitan region were central to the discussions. The intent was be to evolve new understandings of the contemporary potential of the MMR and to position urban design and planning as well as landscape, architecture, and real estate as instruments for a broader strategy plan that is more nuanced in terms of the ecologies that it recognizes and socially inclusive in its propositionary dimension. The GSD studio collaborated with the Loeb Fellowship and MDesS programs as well as students and faculty from Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Law School.


 
A short film on the four sited of studies which was shown during the final review, filmed and edited by Terah Maher is available here.
The book was published with the support of the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design