Mumbai City has had its brawl for capita ever since the islands were reclaimed to form the city of Bombay. Every decade witnesses the population burst and the demand for space increases. Yet, somehow, the city landscape compensates for what the built form fails to provide: Privacy, Security and Intimacy. Whether the dwellers live on the pavements or in the highly cramped lavish apartments, the distinction between public and personal spaces is bleak. The public spaces of the Maximum City never cease to engage with the private visuals that are disconcertingly confrontational. The two psyches that come into play, the observer and the inhabitant, eventually blend into one emotion called the Mumbaikar. The City was intumesced by the user and as it expanded to consume the dweller and mould the psyche, today it is difficult to say which came first.
The City of Mumbai has historically supported and provided for all the intimate spaces that the residences have lacked. How has this been perceived by the spectator and the dweller? The different environmental conditions lead to various psychological conditions. How does the city then get perceived by these individuals?
Architects; Urban Planners
Prasad Shetty and Rupali Gupte are the founders of BARD Studio, Mumbai. They are both architects and Urban designers who prefer to call themselves Urbanists. Their major accomplishments include CRIT, SEA and PROJECT 88. Rupali Gupte currently has her focus on South Asian Architecture and Urbanism. Prasad Shetty has worked with MMRDA as an Urban Manager and with UDRI as a Committee Member. For Mumbai, together they have researched and proposed on projecting the future mobility of Mumbai as Being Nicely Messy and Transactional Objects exhibiting the sculptural installations derived from the urban form.
"We have been interested in looking closely at the urban condition since quite some time now. Our ways of thinking have been shaped by this interest substantially. For us it is a trip to collect stories from cities and constantly reconfigure existing ideas about the world. So sure, there is a calling" - Rupali Gupte and Prasad Shetty
Dr. Sundeep Jadhav is a Neuropsychiatrist from TNMC BYL Nair Hospital. He holds a keen interest in architecture and spaces. His interests lie in how spaces affect people from a neurological perspective. He is currently the Director of Manav Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Pvt. Ltd and Proprietor at Jadhav Neuro-Psychiatry Centre and Nursing Home.
He is an International Fellow of American Psychiatrist Association with more than 30 years of experience, a Principal Investigator in many international research studies on Neuro-Psychiatric Medicine Molecules, for ailments such as Schizophrenia, Depression, Epilepsy, Alzheimers and Bipolar Mood Disorder. His key areas of interest are Depression and Dementia. A sculptor since childhood, being born to an artist father, he learnt to appreciate physical forms at a very young age. With time, the interests grew to expand to physical forms of human scale and larger.