A Brave New Modernism, Part 4 : Mumbai

Mumbai, the fourth chapter in the STUDIOFYNN’s ‘Brave New modernism’ series continues the exploration of cities in the developing world. This chapter captures snapshots of the day-to-day lives and faces of the city’s inhabitants investigating dimensions beyond just architecture revealing life at work, perspectives from the street, daily transit and the overall theme of emergence.

Another giant of the developing world metropolises, the metropolitan area of Mumbai is home to around 20 million people. Often considered the place where India gets down to business, the city is home to the country's commercial and trading centers and is rapidly establishing itself as a major global player in the creative industries, from advertising to all forms of media and film production. Mumbai also represents a cultural mosaic like no other, although ethic and religious tensions do exist, the city also represents a pluralistic new frontier of culture as the diverse and complex cultures of the Indian sub continent mix with the global forces of international trade and commerce.

Such dynamic growth does not come without its growing pains. Infrastructure development struggles to keep pace with a population expanding on a daily basis as new migrants arrive in unknown quantities seeking a better life. The collision of ideas, beliefs and values also occurs as migrants from the rural and traditional communities come to terms with a city whose values are becoming more aligned with contemporary global perspectives.

Ordinary lives are never really ordinary and this chapter mixes elements of portraiture and social realism with architectural documentary as a storytelling method revealing aspects of the mosaic that form the city.

View from Bandra - Worli sea link
View from Bandra - Worli sea link
New apartments and offices
The worlds second most highly valued house (after Buckingham Palace). The home of Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries
Old mill buildings being replaced by new commercial construction
Residential developments in Powai
Sky temples, residential developments in Powai borrow from Greek and Roman temple architecture to connote luxury and status
Train station destination timetable, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station
Queuing to buy tickets, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station
Shoe polish, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station
Trash disposal options, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station
Commuters, Churchgate station
Commuters, Churchgate station
Commuters, Churchgate station
Commuters, Churchgate station
Churchgate station
Churchgate station
Departing train, Churchgate station
New commercial developments, Goregaon
Media company
Media company
Government office
Chemical company
Advertising agency
Construction company
Pluralism at work, office shrine, medical company
Office building entrance
Office building entrance
Street barber
Street tailor, issues of density pervade many aspects of life
Truck driver
Break time, bus crew
Taxi driver
Morning bathing
Bar scene, Colaba
Housing
View from Bandra - Worli sea link
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