Vision Juhu - Expanding Public Spaces, Mumbai

After the successful waterfronts movement, citizen activists felt the need to expand public space development to the entire area. Thus the idea of Vision Juhu was born. It is a public interest project aimed at comprehensive development of the entire neighbourhood of Juhu. Here, citizens have joined hands with professionals (architects and planners) to document and plan their region. It is in collaboration with the Design Cell of Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Insitute for Architecture, P K Das and Associates and the Mumbai Waterfront’s Centre. Several public meetings were held to encourage participatory planning and development in the neighbourhood. A book has been published and 1500 copies of it have been distributed to further public discussion.

The state of public space represents the dignity of public life in any city. Hence the crux of this plan is to expand public space by networking them. Vision Juhu includes conserving reserved open spaces and creating new ones, pedestrianization, significant solutions to flooding in Juhu, development of the Irla nala, improvement in transport infrastructure by skillfully integrating proposed the Metro rail and re-planning traffic flow, opening up of several accesses to the beach, appraisal of social amenities like educational and health facilities and making them accessible to all, improvement in the standard of living in slums and gaothans, provision of space and security to hawkers and including them in mainstream development plans and networking this public realm.

After the successful waterfronts movement, citizen activists felt the need to expand public space development to the entire area. Thus the idea of Vision Juhu was born. It is a public interest project aimed at comprehensive development of the entire neighbourhood of Juhu. Here, citizens have joined hands with professionals (architects and planners) to document and plan their region. It is in collaboration with the Design Cell of Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Insitute for Architecture, P K Das and Associates and the Mumbai Waterfront’s Centre. Several public meetings were held to encourage participatory planning and development in the neighbourhood. A book has been published and 1500 copies of it have been distributed to further public discussion.

The state of public space represents the dignity of public life in any city. Hence the crux of this plan is to expand public space by networking them. Vision Juhu includes conserving reserved open spaces and creating new ones, pedestrianization, significant solutions to flooding in Juhu, development of the Irla nala, improvement in transport infrastructure by skillfully integrating proposed the Metro rail and re-planning traffic flow, opening up of several accesses to the beach, appraisal of social amenities like educational and health facilities and making them accessible to all, improvement in the standard of living in slums and gaothans, provision of space and security to hawkers and including them in mainstream development plans and networking this public realm.

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