Research Projects


Public spaces in the Fort area include playgrounds, parks, other recreational areas, courtyards within office blocks and promenades along the sea. Inadequate maintenance of these spaces has, in the past, led to public places degenerating into garbage dumps, or inappropriately used for storage and the location of equipment, electrical rooms and pumps. Similarly, urban monuments are largely neglected, whereas extensive documentation of their physical condition and setting would ensure better protection. Nurturing open spaces that can be shared by all Mumbaikars is also expected to have a positive impact on land value and the quality of life, while contributing to local economic development through increased cultural and eco-friendly tourism. Environmental quality and physical condition studies complimented with surveys on the resident and migrant population, commercial activity, hawking patterns, and space usage time cycles will yield proposals for making open and recreational spaces in the Fort area available to an active public.