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The family home: Sharing extremely limited space in Dharavi
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

The aim of this bachelor's project was to find a typology for an apartment house in Dharavi in Mumbai, India. Dharavi is extremely congested and living space is scarce so the goal was to come up with good solutions for very small apartments that wouldn't be so costly and that each could be shared by a family. How could one make most of a very limited and shared living space? The family is a very important structure in the Dharavian sociaty and it seems like people rarely live alone or have their own space. The question whether individual space is important arose but is not answered in this project. However a home with a certain flexibility might be helpful if there's need to divide living space and change the home according to several people's wishes and needs. The idea of people's need of more spaces to the home than one single room was interesting during the project, as was the thought of taking advantage of the warm climate and not seal the home completely off from outdoors. 

Important aspects of the project, except creating apartments that didn't have a big footprint, was to create homes that improved living conditions. These homes would need to be well ventilated and have sufficient light sources, among other qualities. The central part of the typology came to be, literally, a small courtyard to provide these mentioned qualities. 

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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80464OAI: diva2:649541
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Arkitekthögskolan vid Umeå Universitet, Östra Strandgatan 30 C, 903 33 Umeå (English)
Available from: 2013-11-18 Created: 2013-09-18 Last updated: 2013-11-18Bibliographically approved

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