Slum Redevelopment by Linking Social Conditions with Spatial Fabric Through Morphological Study
10 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2014 Last revised: 7 Feb 2014
Date Written: February 2, 2014
Cities represent the social cultural economic development. For the sustainable urban development physical, economical, social, cultural, and environment plays equally important role. The current planning process focus more on land use, infrastructure and transportation network, the development is mechanical with less regards for the rich layers of our cities which needs to be excavaled downwards, into its earlier past, horizontally to be able to fold and integrated the complex. (Hall, 1988) Histories, texture and memories of our urban environments and their populations into the planning process. In case of developing nation where almost overall of urban population lives in slums and squatter settlements the social factor become impatient. In India slums, where is equal to be the largest in the 2030, the present urban population 37.7 % of total population and out of urban population, 7.75 % is the slum population. (NUHM, 2008-2012) Urban poverty and slums were always on the policy radar of India but still the problem related to the slums shall persist.
The city fabric reflects the social-cultural conditions. The slums are seen as grey patches in the city fabric, one big challenge before urban professionals is to upgrade this ugly patch with rest of the city. The present paper examines the reflection of socio economic conditions, particularly the pockets housing urban poor on spatial fabric through study of morphology of slums. It further attempts to understand how the social development can be made more sustainable by changes the morphology of slums. This exercise find the relevance as large scale development interchange as policy place keep in slum in mind. This effort wills help planners to work at micro level i.e. at neighborhood level.
Keywords: morphology; redevelopment; slum; social sustainability
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