living in a fishing village in one of the ends of the crowdest cities, left alone as if leaning out at the end of the world. you need experienced guides to find your way down to the sea and out again. life is already invigorative as it is, however, needs physical support to sustain their reason to be happy. yes, it is not easy to imitate and get a real vibe of life. it is not about buildings, it is about actions.
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reincarnates as a big blank canvas for the villagers to reflect their vibrant life
located in mumbai's most dense zone, worli koliwada, a fishing village next to "sea link" in arabian sea, is a heterotopic forgotten land, spying the new skyline-badland for modernity-urban village as a-self-organized distortional pixelated-space bending time with serpentine mazes through kaleidoscopic colours acting as extended private spaces blurring the restrictions of the public. worli, with insufficient infra/superstructure, possess a connected-community, overspread forming unique-spaces, perceived as disease for contemporary urban, creates a desired vibrant society.Highly entropic-isolated-unfinished definition of territory is used in creating a heterogeneous-dense-complex system adopted in the urban life.The skyline taken as epitome to define fluctuating elevations of buildings.Existing shopping-streets extend forming a circuit around mixed-use buildings surrounded with volumized public-open-spaces connected with sea.
the perimeter of mahim bay is surrounded with isolated and highly technological gated communities and skyscrapers -also isolated within itself- which do not communicate each other and eager to cut off relations with the city and its inhabitants or interact minimum as a usual cycle for every big and loud city. on the other hand, worli koliwada, with its insufficient technical infra/superstructure do possess a connected aboriginal community, some of them have been living there for generations, overspread horizontally in genuine need of space behaving like a benign ependymoma. this unique space pattern which seems like a disease for the contemporary urban life creates a desired vibrant life which is not easy to reveal.
so this highly entropic, isolated, uncertain and definitely unfinished definition of the territory is used in continuum of creating space in regard of a heterogeneous, dense, complex system of a different interval in linear causality and simple systems. In this manner, the unique local urban village landscape of the worli is taken as a point of start and adopted in the urban life. the skyline in the foreground is used as an epitome to define the fluctuating elevations of the buildings.
the main residences for worli reside in mainland as for koli residences spread on semi-public wharves also serving as seafood restaurants. The promenade and the open spaces both divide and separate the worli-koli side while giving each other privacy also ruling as spaces for convention. a mangrove forest is proposed for the outer coast to corroborate for high tide as well as a powerful infrastructure should be sustained with storm water drainage and rain harvesting systems, percolation tanks, bioswales... etc.
how can we care for and regenerate an insufficient urban fringe, support a healthier life that extend to and reconciled with water, in one of the densest districts of mumbai, without loosing connection to the lifestyle and culture of the aboriginal fishing village?
replicating the existing structure with pop-up modulated units, reWoKen fosters a tight and strong community, with piazzas, gardens, patios and courtyards between and inside the common buildings serving for education, commercial, and leisure use of public and common needs.