The Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) was established in 1984 as a public charitable trust with the aim to enrich the understanding of the urban environment and work towards its improvement. Our mandate is to make Mumbai an inclusive city which is humane and balances its cosmopolitan cultural heritage and social fabric with equitable growth and efficient infrastructure; a city where living, moving and working is enjoyable, with accessible common amenities and public spaces for sports, recreation and socio-cultural activities for all. UDRI also provides a forum for interaction among architects, urban designers and professionals from related fields such as urban economics, sociology, planning, conservation and history.
Some of UDRI’s significant projects include:
This project aims to provide tools to facilitate active participation by non-government organisations, community-based organisations, private sector actors and individual citizens in the process of preparation, implementation and monitoring of the Development Plan (DP) of Mumbai (2014-34).
UDRI has participated actively in the formulation of Mumbai’s heritage conservation policy. We were responsible for promoting protected artefacts, several additional buildings, precincts and open spaces in Mumbai, and successfully getting incorporated in the Heritage List. UDRI also conceptualised and catalysed the Kala Ghoda Festival.
UDRI has been actively involved in documenting and facilitating discussions around the 1,800 acres of the Mumbai Port Trust Land along the eastern waterfront from Colaba to Wadala in recognition of the crucial role that the area could play in the evolution of the metropolitan region following the deindustrialisation of Mumbai city and change in port-related activities.
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