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Reimagining Girangaon "Mills Village"

Sayam Mulani

The Design Narrative is rooted in the historic heritage of the setting which has played a crucial role in building the city of Mumbai as the financial capital of the country. The locality of Byculla and the its surrounding areas were known as ‘Girangaon’ or Mills Land which states the importance of the Mills in the identity of the context and a majority of the population of the area. The abandoning of the textile mills led to thousands of locals losing their livelihood along with their sense of belonging. The mills not only represented a source of commerce but also a whole Mill Culture that developed for the context of ‘Girangaon’ without which the region has lost its urban identity. Responding to this need of a space that can bring the diverse communities of Byculla as one cohesive whole like the mills once did, the design intervention aims at creating a public space that revamps the image of the locality. The intent is to reinterpret the Mill Typology and its essence in a spatial, visual and symbolic way to give a reminiscence of the heritage that once was. In doing so, the project hopes to change the perspective of how the mills are currently viewed into a place that the locals can have a sense of ownership and connect towards. The goal ultimately, is to reactivate the neighborhood and add to its imageability.

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