Socially Inclusive Housing
in East Delhi
This was a group project with Vani Sood and was guided by Dr. Leon Morenas. The brief introduced to us the idea of social and economic inclusivity in group housing. It thus required the questioning our notions of comfort, tolerance and social exchange between various classes in contemporary Indian society and propose ways to positively rethink these relationships. Before getting into design, we studied squatter settlements and their spatial relationships to the city. We realized that more and more, technology is breaking the barriers of social difference and urban feeling public spaces can catalyze this openness.
Brushing edges with a local railway track and a Delhi Metro line overhead virtually cutting the site in two, the site offered great potential for transit-oriented development, of acknowledging the existing linkages and strengthening them. Porous boundary walls made on the east edge to make the children’s park accessible to the neighbourhood. The ground floor has been kept generic in socio-economic treatment with opportunity for all to engage at an urban level. The landscaping has been demarcated as play friendly and walking friendly. The smaller houses for the economically weaker sections are placed on the top floor forming a street pattern that encourages a semi-private semi-outdoor living condition. The scheme was awarded as the best proposal in the studio.