Smart rhetoric: dumb city

Byrd, Hugh and Mandal, Anindita (2017) Smart rhetoric: dumb city. In: Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally., 9 - 10 February 2017, London South Bank University.

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This research concerns the densest city in the world, Mumbai, and the environmental impact of the proposed redevelopment proposals that are likely to increase densities from about 3,500persons per hectare to about 5,000, achieved by demolition of existing 3-5 storey height buildings and replacing them with towers averaging 40 floors. What has become known in Mumbai as ‘vertical with a vengeance’ (Rathod, 2012).
The study investigates the environmental impact of a proposed redevelopment of a 16.5-acre site. Of the many redevelopment proposals in Mumbai, this is in the most advanced stage and is an exemplar for both Mumbai in its ambition to become a ‘global city’ and the Indian Government who have identified it as a key development in their proposal to achieve 100 ‘smart’ cities that are claimed to be sustainable, environmentally friendly and ‘smart’ (Government of India, 2015).
The study uses the extended urban metabolism (Newman et al, 1996) model as a basis of analysis and predicts the flows of water supply (reticulated and rainwater harvesting), drainage, solid waste, electricity supply, potential for solar energy, fuel for transport, carbon dioxide production and sequestration.
From the results of the sample site, the analysis is then extrapolated to the overall impact if similar developments were to be carried out, as is proposed, across all of the Island city of Mumbai.

Keywords:urban metabolism, smart city, Mumbai, environmental impact
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K450 Housing
H Engineering > H223 Environmental Impact Assessment
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K460 Transport Planning
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K440 Urban studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:31196
Deposited On:12 Mar 2018 14:21

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