Osma Dossani_Thesis Abstract

Reparametrizing Conflict and Competition in Mumbai’s slums

The opportunity of a city like Mumbai has led to an influx of rural migrants, competing to rise above poverty.   This influx has led to an emergence of self-organized settlements throughout the city, currently housing half of Mumbai’s population. Although emergence implies collaboration, it is competition, corruption, and conflicts, which have been steady factors in shaping these settlements and their growth.   While other computational algorithms have understood the spatial layer behind self-organization in informal settlements, and even considered some variables of human decision-making, none of these algorithms have taken into account the affects of conflict, corruption, competition, and collaboration as shaping variables.  These variables are embedded in the spatial and physical attributes of the slums, and influence the architectural and urban conditions present in the slums.  Should these variables change, the architecture and urban conditions would change too, and the probability of conflict in the slums could be reduced.  By understanding how conflict, corruption, competition, and collaboration affect the slums architecturally and urbanistically, one could devise a way of manipulating the architecture so as to reduce the probability of conflict.



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  1. Volatility is an unpredictable force which architecture must consider. In the case of my thesis, it is the conflict, the unexpected problems that cause damage, that hold up a process, that reverse a process in some cases. Architects build buildings with a prediction of how people might use, and volatility is the variable where it is unpredictable.

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